June 28, 2013


Pixies Release "Bagboy," Their First New Song in 9 Years

Two weeks after Pixies founding member Kim Deal left the band, the pioneering Boston alt-rock group has surprisingly dropped "Bagboy," their first new song since 2004's "Bam Thwok," with an accompanying video.

In a statement, frontman Frank Black discussed the song's genesis: "The lyrics, coincidentally, were composed at a Starbucks Coffee in Harvard Square in Cambridge, about a hundred feet from where, 25 years ago, I composed some of the lyrics to an old Pixies song called ‘Break My Body’. Twenty-five years later, some Starbucks in Harvard Square…I thought that was kind of interesting.

"The music for the song has been around for a few years. There are some demos I made with [members] Joey [Santiago] and David [Lovering] a few years ago in Los Angeles, related to a film idea that still has yet to see the light of day, although work on the music continued. So a lot of the musical idea had been kicking around for awhile. It’s pretty simple, kind of a blues-based, two-note kind of thing, really."

Produced by longtime producer Gil Norton, the track is classic Pixies: a partly dissonant, partly melodic track blending the strident with the hummable. According to Consequence of Sound, the song was recorded last October in Wales, but Black shot down speculation that Deal recorded the track with the group. "I agree, it does sound a bit like Kim," Black wrote on Frankblack.net. "But it’s my good friend Jeremy Dubs, one of the best people I’ve had the pleasure to know, both socially and professionally."

Don't get your hopes up that this will kickstart some new Pixies creative renaissance. The band's publicist has already said no new album is in the works.

We won't give too much away about the video above. Suffice to say, there is a house destroyed in multiple ways. Happy Pixies Day.