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The iconic Pixies forged an influential path for alt-rock during their first era, while their post 2004 reunion has seen them alchemize more sophisticated dark arts – a return which has them add another three UK Top 10 albums to the three they achieved on their first run. Now as fired up as ever before, Pixies release their eighth studio album “Doggerel” via BMG Records, including lead single ‘There’s a Moon On’.

“Doggerel” is a mature yet visceral record of gruesome folk, ballroom pop and brutal rock, haunted by the ghosts of affairs and indulgences, driven wild by cosmic forces and envisioning digital afterlives where no God has provided one. And all the while, right there on the news, another distant storm approaches.

“The only bar that we subscribe to in general is we don’t want to be boring” says Black Francis.

The entire band – frontman and songwriter Black Francis, lead guitarist Joey Santiago, bass player Paz Lenchantin and drummer David Lovering. “You would have thought that I spent a lot of my downtime writing songs but I did not” says Francis.

“In fact, I procrastinated until the absolute last minute. “I finally sat down and informed my children that I would be a bit vacant for a couple of weeks, and I sat up in my attic with a guitar and hoped for the best”.

Procrastination or not – the results were highly productive, feeding into a pile of 40 songs considered for the band’s forthcoming record ‘Doggerel’.

Recorded in Vermont in early 2022, the album’s publicity boasts “a mature yet visceral record of gruesome folk, ballroom pop and brutal rock”.

Joey Santiago offers a simpler description – “Doolittle Senior” – invoking the band’s 1989 classic.

“It’s a mish-mash of songs like a good radio station. We’re not like… one flavour. We’ll give you twelve flavours! I really love it”. ‘Doggerel’ sees the band reunite with British producer Tom Dalgety, who previously helmed 2016’s ‘Head Carrier’ and 2019’s ‘Beneath the Eyrie’.

“It’s interesting working with him because he has become familiar with the way that we play, and the things that we’re capable of and the things maybe that we’re not capable of” says Black Francis.

“It’s interesting hearing him playing the band like an instrument a little bit. I think that’s maybe the first time I’ve experienced that with a record producer.” “I guess I was in kind of a zombie state, just playing,” Santiago explained. “After I stopped playing, I put it down and went, ‘Well, that was a fucking waste of time, what a piece of shit I am.’ I beat myself up a lot, but my girlfriend, unbeknownst to me, was recording me. She played it back to me, and I go, ‘Fuck! Hold on a second here! This stuff is good!’”

Black Francis also noted that the single is about “living in Los Angeles in the ‘90s with my then-wife, hanging out with Joey and his ex-wife, lots of trips to Las Vegas, a lot of drinking, little bit drug taking, some genuine good times.”

‘Doggerel’ includes some Pixies firsts, including Santiago’s first song writing credits with the band, contributing lyrics to ‘Pagan Man’.

“The last song we did in fact was an unfinished bit of music that the producer kept insisting that we try again” says Black Francis. “I was not in the mood to compose a lyric because I was already spent, if you will. So Joey wrote the lyric.” “Charles had these sounds and it was just a matter of grabbing them and making sense of it” Santiago explains.

“It was a fun puzzle. My version of what looking at a cloud looks like. This is what I see!”

“I finally sat down and informed my children that I would be a bit vacant for a couple of weeks, and I sat up in my attic with a guitar and hoped for the best”. Procrastination or not – the results were highly productive, feeding into a pile of 40 songs considered for the band’s forthcoming record ‘Doggerel’.

Pixies – the new album “Doggerel”, out on September 30th.

Riding out the inevitable backlash against their ultimately brave decision to not just remain a touring museum piece and suddenly start writing new songs, chances are that their new single ‘Hear Me Out’ may actually get the attention that a new single by one of the greatest and most revolutionary guitar bands of all time deserves. Paz Lenchantin – bass player for the last six years – is given full reign to take on duties, her heavenly voice soaring over this and even better is the cover of T Rex’s camp glam classic ‘Mambo Sun’ on the other side. Not at all the done thing any more, we realise, but you might even consider putting your hand in your pocket and buying a copy. 

Hear Me Out taken from Pixies’ new double A side single “Hear Me Out / Mambo Sun”. Once again Pixies were part of musical landscape. With such a prolific catalogue, though, there are inevitably loads of great songs that have slipped through the cultural net. So, to celebrate their new single ‘Mambo Sun’, cover of a T Rex classic.

Guitar, Vocals: Charles Thompson Drums, Percussion: David Lovering Guitar: Joey Santiago Bass Guitar: Paz Lenchantin Backing Vocals: Paz Lenchantin Engineer, Composer, Writer: Marc Bolan

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.”

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” –

Limited Pink vinyl edition also available