The Pixies have released a new song and video over the weekend, and this morning revealed their new bassist along with the announcement a European tour.
First the music: “Bagboy” is brooding through its verses of sternly delivered non sequitur statements, with the video’s character playing the personification of the angst in singer Black Francis’s tone, a seemingly mild mannered boy tearing a home to shreds. The song soon explodes out into a call and return chorus of the song’s titular “bagboy.”
The harmonic vocals of the chorus certainly sound like they could be from bassist Kim Deal. However it was announced June 20 that the longtime bassist decided to leave the band.
In a statement released on their site Monday morning, Pixies announced Kim Shattuck of The Pandoras and The Muffs would be replacing Deal as their bassist. The group also announced what they call “the first leg of what will be a massive global tour.”
The tour starts late September in Paris and continue through November, though there’s a huge gap the second half of October. No North American dates have been announced, though stops could be expected if the tour is indeed as ‘massive’ as promised.
Pixies have been around since the late ’80’s and are known for, among other things, the influence their noisy rock sound had on the alt-rock of the 90’s. Frontman Black Francis (aka Frank Black aka Charles Thompson) lives in Northampton, MA, and recently played a series of shows delving into material from the Pixies and his solo work. Click here for a review of that show at The Spaceland Ballroom.