PIXIES – ” Hear Me Out “

Posted: October 16, 2020 in MUSIC
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The Pixies are back with a new single titled ‘Hear Me Out’ and the music video is something to behold. COVID-19 may have caused the alt-rock icons to scrap some big touring plans in 2020 but the band haven’t been twiddling their thumbs in iso as they’ve just released their first new banger of the year. Pixies release a limited edition double A-side single. Pressed on 12” yellow vinyl, it features the new track Hear Me Out alongside the band’s gritty interpretation of the T-Rex classic Mambo Sun. Hear Me Out represents the first new material from Pixies since the release of their seventh album Beneath The Eyrie last year,

Recorded during the sessions for their 2019 album Beneath The Eyrie, ‘Hear Me Out’ will be released alongside a cover of T-Rex’s ‘Mambo Sun’ on a 12″ vinyl on Friday, October 16th.

The song itself is pretty textbook Pixies (meaning that it’s pretty great) that sees the spotlight shine on bassist/vocalist Paz Lenchantin as not only does she handle primary vocal duties on ‘Hear Me Out’, she also co-produced and stars in the music video. Paz Lenchantin’s honeyed, hypnotic vocals delivering a message that has grown in relevance since it was written. Delivering melody and visceral power in equal measure, it captures the Pixies’ classic style, and is elevated with a spaghetti western-style guitar motif courtesy of Joey Santiago. The song was written by frontman Black Francis and Lenchantin at Dreamland Studios during sessions for Beneath The Eyrie,

And what a music video it is. Filmed in Taos, New Mexico and co-starring Henry Hopper, the video is something of a surrealist Western comprised of people being creative, whether it’s filming something on a camera or paint, all of which is packed into three eye-catching minutes.

Talking about ‘Hear Me Out’, Lenchantin says: “‘Hear Me Out’ is about things not turning out the way we hoped, but knowing that it’s going to be ok regardless. Black [Francis] started the melody phrases on an old organ.

“I loved it right away, so he asked me to take a pass at the lyrics. The song has an evocative melody that inspired the lyrics to come out straight away.”

Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago also added his two cents to how the single came about: “Paz sounds like she’s talking to a guy with deaf ears. I did a western-style riff at the end of verses, which was like giving her a gun so the dude would pay attention.”

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