The Pixies: Play What You Want

[caption id="attachment_178305" align="alignnone" width="768"]From left: Paz Lenchantin, David Lovering, Black Francis, Joey Santiago From left: Paz Lenchantin, David Lovering, Black Francis, Joey Santiago[/caption] In the vein of alternative rock, few bands carry the weight of the Pixies, the cerebral project started by Black Francis just over 30 years ago. The Bostonian four-piece released some of the biggest rock hits at the tail end of the last millennium, including their instantly recognizable track “Where Is My Mind.,” inspiring a countless number of younger acts along the way, perhaps most notably an anger-fueled grunge trio from Seattle who admitted to ripping off one of the band’s songs for their own track, a little tune called “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” After going on hiatus in 1993, wiped out from touring and the pressure of the world’s desire for continued creative output, the band reunited in 2004 for a few poorly received albums before parting ways with bassist Kim Deal in 2013. The band’s most recent release, Head Carrier, turned that streak of bad luck around; the album is the band’s strongest full-length release since going on hiatus and is full of well-written, well-played tracks. The Pixies’ return to greatness may have had something to do with how they made Head Carrier, which marked a significant change in the Pixies’ recording process. On each of their previous albums, that process was short as could be; the band would spend a few days getting ready to record, hop in the studio, get the job done and get back on the road as soon as possible. On Head Carrier, the band — who, for the first time, had nothing else to focus on but making the best record they could — spent six weeks in pre-production, which gave singer Black Francis and... Sign In to Keep Reading

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