Pixies fans are about to get their dream come true: The band will release its first full studio album in 23 years.
“Indie Cindy” will arrive in the U.S. on April 29, 2014, on the band’s Pixiesmusic label. The album will be released April 23 in Japan and April 28 in Europe.”Indie Cindy” presents the band’s recent “EP-1,” “EP-2” and “EP-3” releases as a single compilation.
The album can be preordered via iTunes, Amazon and other online retail outlets. The last full-length Pixies studio album was 1991’s “Trompe le Monde.”
On April 19 — a week before the official release date and exclusively for Record Store Day
— Pixies will offer “Indie Cindy” as a special Record Store Day limited-edition, two-disc, deluxe gatefold, 180-gram vinyl set. These sets will only be offered at independent record stores participating in RSD around the world, and when these editions are gone, they’re gone. Record Store Day is premiering the band’s video for “Snakes” on its website.
The Pixies’ new “Snakes” video can be viewed via the Record Store Day website at www.rsd.com.
A two-disc limited-edition package (available on both vinyl abd CD) will include the live-in-concert, 13-track set recorded during the band’s recently completed North American tour. This package includes a 40-page, hardback book that features the new artwork by Vaughan Oliver that was produced exclusively for “Indie Cindy.”The vinyl limited edition is offered as a deluxe gatefold album pressed on 180-gram vinyl; the CD limited edition is packaged in a gold-foil hard slipcase. Deluxe edition production is limited to 5,000 copies. These editions are available at pixiesmusic.com
Standard versions of “Indie Cindy” will be released as a 12-track CD digipack with booklet, as a 12-track digital download and as a two-disc, deluxe gatefold album pressed on 180-gram vinyl. An iTunes exclusive expanded digital download will include the bonus live set.
The Pixies (from left) Joey Santiago, Black Francis and David Lovering. Photo credit: Michael Halsband.
“We started seriously talking about recording new music about four years ago,” said Pixies drummer David Lovering. “New music seemed like something we just had to do, we just couldn’t continue to go out and tour without anything new. So the talk evolved into writing and recording, and we’re all very happy with the way everything worked out.”
The 12 cuts on “Indie Cindy” were produced by Gil Norton, producer of the band’s classic “Doolittle,” “Bossanova” and “Trompe le Monde” albums. It was recorded during October 2012 at Rockfield Studios in Wales, U.K.
The album is comprised of “Bagboy,” the band’s first new song in more than a decade, the eight tracks from the band’s “EP-1” and “EP-2,” released Sept. 3, 2013, and Jan. 3, 2014, respectively, plus three new tunes from the just-released “EP-3,” all written by the Pixies: Black Francis/vocals, guitar; Joey Santiago/guitars; David Lovering/drums, backing vocals.With “EP-1,” “EP-2” and now “EP-3” having been available only in digital and limited-edition vinyl formats, “Indie Cindy” will mark the first time fans can have all of the new Pixies music in one collection.
After five genre-defining studio albums, Pixies disbanded in 1993, and then launched their reunion tour in April 2004, playing to sell-out crowds all over the globe for seven years, a longer period of time than they were a band originally But writing, recording and releasing new music was something that the band had been wanting to do for a long time, so they secretly booked studio time in Wales for the fall of 2012.
Six days into the recording, founding bassist Kim Deal decided to leave the band; Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering chose to carry on, working with a variety of touring bassists, something the band had never done. Paz Lenchantin is the band’s touring bassist for the 2014 North and South American dates, as well as the summer European festivals.