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Pixies 2014 Tour Dates & New EP Announced

Evan Petersen

by Evan Petersen

Published January 03, 2014

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Pixies fans have a lot of big news today. The band announced their 2014 tour dates, released a new music video, and released a brand new, 4-song EP, available as a digital download or limited edition record. You can buy the record through the Pixies' official website and you can stream it below via Spotify.

EP-2 is a followup to 2013's EP-1, and a press release had this to say:

The new songs were recorded during October 2012 at Rockfield Studios in Wales, UK, were produced by Gil Norton, and written by the Pixies. As with the band’s “EP-1” and “Bagboy” track, as well as the Pixies original classic albums, “EP-2” features special artwork designed by Vaughan Oliver at v23.

The band goes on to talk about each of the four songs:

“Blue-Eyed Hexe”

About this track, Pixies’ Black Francis explained, “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 added, “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,” remembered 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.” Added 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”

Said Black Francis, “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,” said 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.“

Following the the replacement of bassist Kim Shattuck with Paz Lenchantin, the band will also be embarking on a massive world tour. Beginning with a North American leg on January 15th, the band will headline several South American festivals before finishing the tour in Europe.

Pixies 2014 tour dates:

1/15 - Massey Hall, Toronto, ON CANADA (Fidlar)
1/16 - Metropolis, Montreal, QC CANADA (Fidlar)
1/18 - Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA (Fidlar)
1/19 - Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY (Fidlar)
1/21 - New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ (Fidlar)
1/22 - Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT (Fidlar)
1/24 - Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA (Fidlar)
1/25 - Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA (Fidlar)
1/26 - Strathmore, Washington, DC (Fidlar)
1/29 - National Theatre, Richmond, VA (Fidlar)
1/31 - Durham PAC, Durham, NC (Cults)

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

3/1 - Austin Music Hall, Austin, TX (Best Coast)
3/29-30 - Lollapalooza Chile, Santiago, Chile

4/1 - Rock’n’Fall, Montevideo, Uruguay
4/1-3 - Lollapalooza Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4/3-5 - Festival Estereo Picnic, Bogota, Colombia
4/5-6 - Lollapalooza Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil

5/29-30 - Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain

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

7/5 - Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium
7/6 - Beauregard, Herouville-St. Clair, France

For more, check out Pixies' Zumic artist page and watch the brand new music video for "Blue Eyed Hexe" right here at Zumic.

Source: Pixies Official Website

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