PIXIES TALK ABOUT 4 NEW TRACKS ON ‘EP-2’: “I WOULD PREFER PEOPLE TO ADD THEIR OWN INTERPRETATION…”

FROM LEFT:  Joey Santiago, Black Francis, David LoveringFollowing their excellent ‘Bagboy’ and the four-track ‘EP-1’, Pixies unveil ‘EP-2’ with four brand new songs: “Blue-Eyed Hexe,” “Magdalena,” “Greens and Blues” and “Snakes”.

“Blue-Eyed Hexe”
About this track, Pixies’ Black Francis explains, “It’s a tale from the northwestern part of the UK, and it’s a witch-woman kind of a song. That’s what a ‘hexe’ is, and ours is a blue-eyed hexe.” Guitarist Joey Santiago adds, “Gil wanted a swagger, he wanted the guitar solo to sound like you’re going to have sex with this blue-eyed hexe.”

“Magdalena”
“This song is so atmospheric,” remembers Santiago. “We had these weird Moog pedals that sounded like water. It was a very mood-based, atmospheric sound, not based on any lyrics or anything.” Adds drummer David Lovering, “One of my favorites, maybe tied with ‘Indie Cindy.’ It’s cool the way it flows, and it’s a very simplistic song, very pretty, cool and moving.”

“Greens and Blues”
Black Francis says: “As with all my songs, I would prefer people add their own interpretation to it. But, in this case, let’s just say that we had done ‘Gigantic’ as the closer for many years at our reunion shows and it worked really well. But I could see that we were going to grow weary of that and I felt like we basically needed a better ‘Gigantic.’

It was my attempt to come up with another song that would – musically, emotionally and psychologically – sit in the same place that ‘Gigantic’ has sat. Not that I could ever replace that song: you write songs and they come out the way they come out. So perhaps it can be said that this song fills the emotional niche that ‘Gigantic’ occupied, another show-closer. I think the lyric alludes to that, the fact that it’s the end of the night, the end of something. And a separation if you will, between the band and the audience. So I guess it’s kind of a goodbye song, or really more of a ‘good night’ song.

“Snakes”
“I’m not a jammer,” says Santiago, “but Black Francis and I started jamming it out. I had this little idea and I did that sliding guitar just to emulate a snake.” Black Francis adds, “This one was totally written in the studio session. It proved to be a little bit difficult to play and a little bit difficult to record, sonically, but we stuck with it and I like the result.“

“EP-2” is available exclusively on the band’s website – pixiesmusic.com – as a DDL (mp3 only), lossless DDL, limited edition 10-inch vinyl, and as part of special bundles. “EP-2” features special artwork designed by Vaughan Oliver at v23

With many more dates to be announced, the confirmed Pixies 2014 itinerary is as follows:

JANUARY
15 Massey Hall, Toronto, ON CANADA (Fidlar)
16 Metropolis, Montreal, QC CANADA (Fidlar)
18 Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA (Fidlar)
19 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY (Fidlar)
21 New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ (Fidlar)
22 Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT (Fidlar)
24 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA (Fidlar)
25 Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA (Fidlar)
26 Strathmore, Washington, DC (Fidlar)
29 National Theatre, Richmond, VA (Fidlar)
31 Durham PAC, Durham, NC (Cults)

FEBRUARY
1 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, NC (Cults)
2 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN (Cults)
4 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA (Cults)
6 Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, MO (Cults)
7 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH (Cults)
8 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI (Cults)
9 Rivera Theatre, Chicago, IL (Cults)
11 Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO (Cults)
13 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO (Best Coast)
14 Belly Up, Aspen, CO (Best Coast)
15 The Great Salt Air, Salt Lake City, UT (Best Coast)
17 Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC CANADA (Best Coast)
18 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA (Best Coast)
19 Schnitzer Auditorium, Portland, OR (Best Coast)
21 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA (Best Coast)
22 San Jose Civic, San Jose, CA (Best Coast)
23 The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV (Best Coast)
24 Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ (Best Coast)
25 Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque, NM (Best Coast)
27 Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX (Best Coast)
28 South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX (Best Coast)

MARCH
1 Austin Music Hall, Austin, TX (Best Coast)
29/30 Lollapalooza Chile, Santiago, Chile

APRIL
1 Rock’n’Fall, Montevideo, Uruguay
1/3 Lollapalooza Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina
3/5 Festival Estereo Picnic, Bogota, Colombia
5/6 Lollapalooza Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil

MAY
29/30 Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain

JUNE
6/7 Primavera Sound, Porto Portugal
8 Field Day, Victoria Park, London, UK
15 Northside, Arhus, Denmark
20 Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek, Holland
20/22 Hurricane, Schessel, Germany
20/22 Southside, Neuhausen, Germany
25 Inmusic, Zagreb, Croatia
29 Marley Park, Dublin, Ireland (with Arcade Fire)
30 Live at the Marquee, Cork, Ireland

JULY
5 Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium
6 Beauregard, Herouville-St. Clair, France

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