Friday, 3 January 2014

Pixies - Blue Eyed Hexe

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Well this lot are full of surprises these days, aren't they? The reformation wasn't totally out of the blue, but the sudden arrival of new material last year certainly was. They also shocked us a bit by announcing that Kim Deal had left, throwing this much wished-for reunion into doubt. Pixies had other ideas though, and quickly signed up Kim Shattuck of The Muffs as a fitting replacement for live dates, only to then kick her out of the band, allegedly for stage-diving, something the band don't seem to approve of. Thinking about it, the thought of Frank Black leaping down on you and some unsuspecting punters isn't perhaps the greatest image to have. Now with the experienced Paz Lenchantin drafted in, they're back to a four-piece again.

So 2013 was a hectic year for the underground legends, and the surprises keep on coming. Today the band have, once again out of the blue, announced the release of a brand new four-track EP, no advertising before-hand, no promo campaigns. When you're a band like this, word-of-mouth does that job for you. For our first taster as to the sound of the latest batch of tunes they've posted a video for 'Blue Eyed Hexe', a song that packs more of a punch than 'Bagboy' did. This is Pixies going back to their heavier roots, and possibly the side of the band that is less celebrated by the mainstream than those lauded singles we all know. Yet still, amongst the dirty guitars and the throat-shredding vocals a shiny melody can just be seen peeping out, and that's always been the allure of this band. Not only do they make an ungodly racket, but they do so without scrimping on the tune front. Does this further increase in new songs indicate that we'll get an album this year? As things currently stand, I wouldn't be surprised either way.

Pixies' website

Buy the EP

Catch them live:

Wed, Jan 15, MASSEY HALL, Toronto, Ontario
Sun, Jan 19, Orpheum Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts
Mon, Jan 20, Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, New York
Wed, Jan 22, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark, New Jersey
Thurs, Jan 23, Shubert Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut
Sat, Jan 25, Electric Factory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sun, Jan 26, Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mon, Jan 27, Strathmore Music Theatre, North Bethesda, Maryland
Thurs, Jan 30, The National, Richmond, Virginia
Sat, Feb 1, Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham, North Carolina
Sun, Feb 2, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, North Carolina
Mon, Feb 3, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee
Wed, Feb 5, Tabernacle, Atlanta, Georgia
Fri, Feb 7, Peabody Opera House, Saint Louis, Missouri
Sat, Feb 8, The LC Indoor Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio
Sun, Feb 9, The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, Michigan
Mon, Feb 10, Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois
Wed, Feb 12, Midland Theater, Kansas City, Missouri
Fri, Feb 14, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Colorado
Sat, Feb 15, Belly Up Aspen, Aspen, Colorado
Sun, Feb 16, The Great Salt Air, Salt Lake City, Utah
Tue, Feb 18, The Orpheum Theater, Vancouver, British Columbia
Wed, Feb 19, Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington
Thurs, Feb 20, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, Oregon
Sat, Feb 22, Fox Theater, Oakland, California
Sun, Feb 23, San Jose Civic Auditorium, São José dos Campos
Mon, Feb 24, The Joint, Las Vegas, Nevada
Tue, Feb 25, Comercia Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona
Wed, Feb 26, Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Fri, Feb 28, Bayou Music Center, Houston, Texas
Sat, March 1, South Side Ballroom, Dallas, Texas
Sun, March 2, Austin Music Hall, Austin, Texas

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