San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
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(((folkYEAH!))) & HMML Present in Big Sur:
Henry Miller Memorial Library
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Doors 6pm / Show 7pm
support artist TBA.
Only 300 Tickets (very limited supply) are $120 each plus $10 HMML facility fee and eventbrite fees.
Parking is limited - PLEASE CARPOOL - use extra care when parking.
No outside food or drinks allowed in side the venue.
Refreshments will be available at the event.
No re-entry once you exit the venue.
There is no ATM on site.
“A lot of it felt like no time had passed at all.” – Black Francis
Beloved and enigmatic, influential and proudly difficult to categorize, the
Pixies made a triumphant return in 2004 following an eleven-year hiatus. The
celebrated band wowed both fans and critics at performances around the world
and continued for seven years. For all those years, fans clamored for more and it
remained uncertain as to whether or not the Pixies would ever record again. Until
Drummer David Lovering explains the events leading up to writing new music.
“We’ve been talking about this for years and years… ever since 2004. From
2004 to 2011 we were touring, which was a longer time than we’d been a band
initially – and that amazed us – but except for the one track (“Bam Thwok”), we
didn’t have anything new. We didn’t want to turn into a casino act. So we started
putting it together.”
It was important for the band to continue moving forward. As singer/songwriter
Black Francis points out, “We did a reunion tour and the tour went much longer
than we anticipated. We wanted to compete on a real playing field again. You
get hungry, you want to be judged: we wanted to be vital.”
admits that the Pixies’ return to making new music was not without obstacles.
“There was some fear and trepidation because we were hoping to do that
recording session with the original foursome of the band. Suddenly that was not
going to be the case and it was pretty devastating; not necessarily unexpected but
very unwanted. Joey, David and I didn’t really know what to do: we were a little
bit shell shocked that as much as we wanted it, it wasn’t going to happen. But we
came back and met and everyone believed in the music. We would rather forge
ahead and see what this turns into rather than just retiring the whole thing.”
Guitarist Joey Santiago was effusive. “I wanted this to happen. I love to play
music and I love this band. This time around there’s more appreciation, more
gratitude.” Lovering was cautious at first. “Putting out new music after so long
is kind of a double-edged sword. I know a lot of people asked for it; and I know
bands that have gotten together after a long time and done albums and I’m really
not a fan of it but overall I’m very confident about the music. It turned out really
well and it was a lot of fun and basically that’s good to me because I had a great
time doing it.”
In October 2012, the Pixies convened to Rockfield Studios in Wales with
longtime producer Gil Norton (who did Doolittle, Bossa Nova and Trompe Le
Monde). As Lovering recalls, “We had (five) songs going in to the studio and we
wrote (another seven) there. We’d never done that before, and some great songs
came out of it, in fact. It worked out pretty darned well.”
The band recorded with Norton in secret. “It didn’t really serve any purpose to
make it public,” says Black Francis. “But there are very few mysteries anymore
with the internet and the feeling was we should try to keep this just part of our
lives and not have it up for grabs. Gil was very excited. He’s produced us more
than any artist he’s worked with. We’re friends and everybody liked what he did
in the past. We don’t always agree with him – we don’t – but we respect him. He
pushes us out of our comfort zone.”
With Norton pushing the Pixies out of its comfort zone, the band emerged with
a cache of new songs, including “Bagboy,” offered as a free download on June
28, and its companion video that had some one-million YouTube hits in its first
week. In addition, EP1 - “Andro Queen,” “Another Toe in the Ocean,” Indie
Cindy,” and “What Goes Boom,” the Pixies first collection of new music since
1991’s Trompe le Monde, is released on September 3, 2013.
The Pixies will tour extensively and is anxious to get back out on the road and
premiere the new material, especially Santiago. “It will be interesting to see the
audience reaction when we play the new stuff. I always think of iconic bands that
come out with new material and everyone files out for a liquid break. They’re
either emptying out liquids or getting more liquids. So for sure the new material
will be strategically placed in the set. We’ve been rehearsing and the songs sound
just great. I can’t wait to play the new stuff live.”
How will fans react to the new music? Santiago remains confident. “The great
thing about this music and these songs is that, when I step back and listen to it, it
sounds like the Pixies. It’s the way we walk. We’re lucky to have that.” Black
Francis sums it up: “I just want to make music. We love connecting with people
and we want people to feel really happy about this musical experience we’ve all
embarked upon. At the end of the day we’re making fuckin’ rock n’roll records.
We’re not trying to save the world!”