ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Kelly Deal is enjoying a day off in Dayton, Ohio. And, oh, is she enjoying it.
“It’s so beautiful today,” she says with enthusiasm. “It’s starting to warm up and we don’t have anything to do.”
Deal is in the calm before the touring chaos sets in as the band will be on tour for nearly a month.
She and Mike Montgomery are the masterminds behind the indie rock duo R. Ring. The duo recently put together a split single with Kentucky garage-rockers Quailbones.
While the vinyl album won’t be released until July, R. Ring will be producing 100 handmade, custom-packaged versions of it as a 12-inch vinyl LP with screen-printed artwork just for this tour.
“We wanted to give something special to our fans,” she says. “They are the reason we continue to make music. They come out to the shows and support us through it all.”
Deal says this is the only new music the pair have been working on, but they are in the throes of scoring an independent film.
“We’re not qualified for it at all,” she quips. “I’ve got a lot of time on my hands since The Breeders are on hiatus.”
Deal and her sister, Kim, are in The Breeders, and the pair have taken a hiatus from making music.
Deal says making time for touring isn’t that difficult.
“I am lucky to have a few part-time jobs that I can juggle around,” she says. “Mike is working for this new record company and he can take some time off for touring. We have the best supporters out there.”
While Deal has found success with The Breeders, don’t expect to hear any of the band’s material during R. Ring’s set. Deal says it’s something that wouldn’t make sense.
“I don’t ever see myself doing any of those singles,” she says. “The Breeders is completely different from what I’m doing now.”