Long-silent modern rock act the Breeders are in a Chicago studio with producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, PJ Harvey) recording the follow-up to the group's breakthrough second album, 1993's "Last Splash,"

Long-silent modern rock act the Breeders are in a Chicago studio with producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, PJ Harvey) recording the follow-up to the group's breakthrough second album, 1993's "Last Splash," Billboard.com has learned.

Twin sister vocalists/guitarists Kim and Kelley Deal have been recording with Albini sporadically over the past year, but the present sessions are expected to result in an album. According to published reports, song titles already put to tape include "Too Alive" and "Fire the Maid."

The group is still signed to 4AD Records, and licensed to Elektra in North America, but an Elektra spokesperson had no current information on the recording project.

The Deal sisters are the only remaning members from the Breeders' 1993 incarnation. New additions to the group's touring lineup include drummer Jose Medeles of 22 Jacks plus bassist Mondo Lopez and guitarist Richard Presley, both from the punk band Fear. While that lineup was on hand for the Breeders' first public performance in six years last December at Mr. T's Bowl in Highland Park, Calif., it is not clear who has been present at the recording sessions.

Buoyed by the success of the single "Cannonball," "Last Splash" peaked at No. 33 on The Billboard 200 in early 1994. Since then, group members have been involved in various side projects, including the Amps and the Kelley Deal 6000, but the only music officially released under the Breeders name since 1993 was a cover of the James Gang's "Collage," which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1999 film "The Mod Squad."