Pixies Stun Fans With A New Four-Song EP

We knew the Pixies were back on tour (without Kim Deal, sniffle), but we had rather expected the one-off track “Bagboy”—a classic banger, replete with a towering vocal refrain from Deal—would be the last bit of new music to surface for a good long while. Being wrong has never felt so good: here at the tail end of a holiday weekend, the band has surprised us with four more glorious tracks.

You can get the nameless EP—it just shows up as “EP1” in iTunes, which of course makes us hope there’s more of these mini-releases to come—in a number of digital formats for just $4. Naturally, you can spend a lot more on limited edition vinyl and T-shirts if you like; for now skip all that and hear the first track, “Andro Queen,” below.
While that raucous old Pixies sentiment is there (especially in closer “What Goes Boom”), this song keys you into the EP’s sense of sprawling balladry, as a cousin of sorts to “Havalina.” The band has been this pretty before, but rarely ever so chill.

One Week Left To Back ‘Pixies: A Visual History’ On Kickstarter

You know what your coffee table is missing? A book that someone may actually want to flip through. I know that under the bottles and ashtrays and bills there is probably some kind of unsolicited Urban Outfitters catalog, but that doesn’t count. What you need is Pixies: A Visual History, an exclusive limited-edition hardcover containing never-before-published vintage photos and anecdotes about the band’s early days. Problem is, it doesn’t exist. Yet.

Superfan Sean T. Rayburn, whose love of the utterly unique alien-rock quartet blossomed into a job curating the official band website, Facebook page, etc., has already collected nearly $90,000 on Kickstarter to make that book—by helping him hit the $150,000 goal in the next few days, you could land your very own copy, or at least some postcards with these classic, early-years, mostly black-and-white images. This (first) book would focus on the years 1985, before everyone in the group had met, to 1993, when they dissolved and each made a separate name for his or herself. 

It should include lots of grungy U-Mass basement shots and dressing-room candids as well as material from the quickly growing concerts, as Rayburn is not settling for his own ephemera but reaching out to photographers who worked with the Pixies in that era to present an unexpectedly complete picture of some great musicians making their bones. But this probably won’t show up in stores: you’ve got to get in on the ground floor by contributing to the project, so find your mind and start clicking.

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