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With their new album and second since reforming in 2004, David Lovering, rhythm guitarist/vocalist Black Francis and guitarist Joey Santiago bassist Paz Lenchantin

“Head Carrier” thrives for one simple reason: it sounds like a Pixies album.” “There are bits of enthralling guitar throughout, and the album as a whole feels like a combination of the catchiness of ‘Here Comes Your Man’ and the futurism of “Bossanova”. If the letdown of Indie Cindy caused you to lose faith in the Pixies, let “Head Carrier” bring you back to the flock. It’s one of the best albums of 2016, and an incredible return to form for an all-time great band”

The indie rock legends’ first album with bassist Paz Lenchantin who has been the band’s touring bassist since January 2014, and played an integral part in the recording of Head Carrier features some of their friendliest, jangliest songs yet.  Though they crafted a signature sound and endlessly copied . Pixies‘ music never stayed in the same place for long. During their early years, the band relished change, moving from the album “Come On Pilgrim” scrappy apocalyptic visions to their classic release “Doolittle” with its gleaming pop to “Trompe Le Monde” riff ridden rock at a rapid pace.

Indeed, it could be argued that part of the reason their 2014 comeback “Indie Cindy” underwhelmed was because it tried too hard to recapture the past.

On new album “Head Carrier” the band have made a few changes, the biggest being bassist Paz LenChantin. Replacing a member may be inconsequential for some bands, but for this one, it’s a big deal (pun intended): Founding bassist Kim Deal departed prior to “Indie Cindy” album and the use of a session player on the album only underscored that a vital part of the group’s appeal was missing. Thanks to Lenchantin the Pixies again sound like a full but if not slightly different band again, whether she’s sweetening “Oona”‘s crunch with her harmonies or helping shape the album’s character in general. The rest of the band’s ease at having her in the fold is audible, and “Head Carrier” is a surprisingly nice album. “Classic Masher” and “Bel Esprit” recall the amiable jangle of “Here Comes Your Man” and the band’s cover of “Winterlong,” and the easygoing vibe continues on “All the Saints”‘  and “Plaster of Paris.” However, the niceness turns strange on “All I Think About Now.” A musical thank-you note to Deal written by Black Francis and with vocals by Lenchantin that shamelessly borrows from “Where Is My Mind?,” it manages to be both jarring and overly nostalgic.

The high-speed chase that is “Um Chagga Lagga” and the roaring title track are in the vein of classic Pixies rockers without feeling contrived. “Talent” is even better, a piece of satirical, snotty garage-rock that reaffirms Black Francis doesn’t need to sing about the Bible or aliens to let loose.

With their new album and the second since reforming in 2004, David Lovering, rhythm guitarist/vocalist Black Francis and guitarist Joey Santiago bassist Paz Lenchantin  thrives for one simple reason: it sounds like a Pixies album.” “There are bits of enthralling guitar throughout, and the album as a whole feels like a combination of the catchiness of ‘Here Comes Your Man’ and the futurism of “Bossanova”. If the letdown of Indie Cindy caused you to lose faith in the Pixies, let Head Carrier bring you back to the flock. It’s one of the best albums of 2016, and an incredible return to form for an all-time great band” –

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Pixies, 'Head Carrier'

The Pixies‘ first album with new bassist Paz Lenchantin has songs about everything from the ancient Mesopotamian god Baal to a an old cowboy that looks like Jack Palance, but the one guaranteed to interest fans the most is “All I Think About Now,” a frank apology from frontman Black Francis to estranged bassist Kim Deal. “If I could go to the beginning,” he wrote. “Then for sure I would be another way.” The song was actually Lenchantin’s idea, and she sings lead on it. “It’s a song about regret,” says Francis. “But it’s also about good memories.” For a group that has devoted so many years to playing their classics on the nostalgia circuit, they know that a new album is a tough sell for some fans. But the 12 songs on Head Carrier are classic Pixies, full of neck-bulging Black Francis screams and bizarre imagery. “If you’re a fan of anything you’re going to be closed off to change,” says Francis. “I don’t take it personally. Everybody’s gotta make their own decisions about what they’re going to play out of their stereo.”

Paz Lenchantin is the new bassist on this, the Boston group’s sixth album, and their second since they reformed in 2003. Check out the first single ‘Um Chagga Lagga’ for a rollicking taste.