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Pixies Release EP 2/ WATCH new video
Band have written "new" 'Gigantic John Doran , January 3rd, 2014 03:43

Pixies photograph by Michael Halsband

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Rock group the Pixies are blazing out of the traps in 2014 with a new video and EP. The promo is for 'Blue-Eyed Hexe' - the lead track from EP-2 which also features the tracks 'Magdalena', 'Greens And Blues' and 'Snakes' which were recorded during the same session as EP-2 with Gil Norton at Rockfield in Wales, October 2012.

Frontman Black Francis has said that the track 'Greens And Blues' was written in an attempt to write a song as good as 'Gigantic' which they could play at the end of their live sets.

As with EP-1 the artwork is by Vaughan Oliver at V23. The EP will be available on all formats via the band's website. Pixes headline day two of Field Day 2014 on June 8th, for more information go here.

The band released this statement about the tracks:

'Blue-Eyed Hexe'
Black Francis said: "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." Joey Santiago added: "Gil wanted a swagger, he wanted the guitar solo to sound like you're going to have sex with this blue-eyed hexe."

"This song is so atmospheric," says 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." David Lovering added, "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."

"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."

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Jan 3, 2014 9:49am

Listenign to it for the first time just now, I like it a lot more than "EP1." It's darker, heavier and more moving, I think. "Greens and Blues" ain't a touch on "Gigantic" though.

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Jan 3, 2014 10:10am

Just listening to it now. first song is great. Second song is great. Replacing Gigantic is like The Beatles replacing St Pepper - impossible but G&B is a great song. Snakes - different again, gonna grow into this I think, nicely complex...Got my copy already :)

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Jan 3, 2014 2:39pm

sounds like zz top

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Jan 3, 2014 2:52pm

In reply to JK:

Some of Frank Black's best solo stuff (first Catholics album especially) has quite a ZZ Top feel too!

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r totale
Jan 3, 2014 8:13pm

this an article or another ad, john? too bad mark e smith didn't rub off on you enough you'd at least think twice before shilling this insipid dogshit, again and again and again. i used to cut you slack and actually defend you as ecumenical, semi-anarchist but clearly that was a mistake. hey, what's slint up to this year, or bowie? mew mogwai is fucking horrendous but i'll bet you'll lie otherwise.

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Jan 4, 2014 7:05am

In reply to r totale :

mogwai just suck in general right? boring misogynist twats

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Jan 4, 2014 10:25am

In reply to :

How on Earth are they misogynistic?

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filthy luke
Jan 5, 2014 3:53pm

Something seems glaringly missing to the new Pixies music. Soul? Purpose? Kim Deal? Maybe it's because it seems utterly superfluous in our world, an exercise in sad, empty nostalgia. Loud rock music just doezn't mean what it once did.

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Jan 6, 2014 5:46am

In reply to J M:

heh heh you must not remember their bakers dozen picks fiasco

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