The Pixies say the best is yet to come

They inspired generations of musicians worldwide, served as the blueprint for countless rock bands, including Nirvana, and got a second life as reunited alternative rock idols. Now the Pixies say they're forging ahead while still looking for a new sound.

The Boston quartet released their debut, the EP Come on Pilgrim, in 1987. Their college radio hits include Monkey Gone to Heaven, Here Comes Your Man and Where is My Mind. They disbanded in the early 1990s and reunited in 2004.

Since then, the band had released only one song, Bam Thwok, in 2004.

But that changed in June, when a video for a new single, Bagboy, showed up online unannounced. A few weeks later, the band surprised fans again with an online collection of four new songs released under the name EP-1 and the announcement of a global tour.

Have they found the Pixies sound they want? "Not yet. That's still to come," lead singer Charles Thompson, who goes by the name Black Francis, said behind the scenes of the Lollapalooza rock festival in Chile.

"Rome was not built in a day. I think we need a little more time to really create something that's absolutely different, but we're in the process. With this record, we're moving in that direction."

The Pixies hired Argentinian bassist Paz Lechantin in December after Kim Shattuck was fired from the position after less than five months on the job. She had replaced beloved long-time bassist Kim Deal, who quit the Pixies in June after more than 25 years with the band.

"I like the new gal. She's smart, funny, plays really good bass, she surfs, she sings great, she's bilingual," Thompson said.

"And she makes us laugh," guitarist Joey Santiago chimed in. "She feels like home, she was meant to be with us."

Drummer David Lovering said she's pushing him to continue learning: "She is making me play better. She is a great bass player, and I don't want to embarrass myself."

Thompson said the band plans to tour more and he especially hopes to visit Paraguay because he admires Agustin Barrios, the late Paraguayan classical guitarist and composer.

But for now "the Pixies is the future", Santiago said. "I just see us. We're going to record more albums, tour more." – Sapa-AP

Advertisting

Unfinished business: We need self-examination to heal from apartheid

Physical and psychological violence will continue unless we self-reflect on our apartheid scars

Coronavirus: South Africa will evacuate citizens from Wuhan

The government is expected to evacuate citizens from Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak originated

Primedia CEO Essack leaves following internal battles

Omar Essack leaves the 702 and 94.7 owners after a protracted standoff with the board

‘We’re satisfied with SA’s land reform policy’— US Ambassador

Top US official is lobbying multinational firms to invest in South Africa

Press Releases

Over R400-m given to businesses since launch of three-minute overdraft

The 3-minute overdraft radically reduces the time it takes for businesses to have their working capital needs met

Tourism can push Africa onto a new path – minister

The continent is fast becoming a dynamic sought-after tourist destination

South Africa’s education system is broken and unequal, and must be fixed without further delay

The Amnesty International report found that the South African government continues to miss its own education upgrading targets

Business travel industry generates billions

Meetings Africa is ready to take advantage of this lucrative opportunity

Conferences connect people to ideas

The World Expo and Meetings Africa are all about stimulating innovation – and income

SAB Zenzele Kabili B-BBEE share scheme

New scheme to be launched following the biggest B-BBEE FMCG payout in South Africa’s history

Digging deep

Automation is unstoppable, but if we're strategic about its implementation, it presents major opportunities

TFSAs are the gymnasts of the retirement savings world

The idea is to get South Africans to save, but it's best to do your research first to find out if a TFSA is really suited to your needs