It's been nearly two decades, but when their current tour is finished, the Pixies may be gearing up to record their first album since their acrimonious split in 1993.
"We gotta plan to make something new," drummer David Lovering explained in a recent interview with Spinner. Two decades after the release of their final studio album Trompe Le Monde, the rock legends are itching to cut some new musical cloth. If they don't, Lovering worries, "We're gonna wear out our welcome soon enough."
The band's 2004 return to the stage, most notably at the Coachella Arts & Music Festival, was a real eye-opener for the legends, who were so star-struck by the rock stars watching on the side of the stage that they had to focus on the staggering wall of people just to keep their nerve. Imagine, seeking security in an inconceivably huge crowd that's staring at you, to get away from an even bigger intimidator.
Guitarist Joey Santiago tells Spinner: "The amount of people just paying attention when we played. Then looking at the side of the stage and seeing Red Hot Chilli Peppers and PJ Harvey, Radiohead … just looking. And I could see them and I just had to, "No, I'm not going to look at you. These 70,000 people look more comforting."
Riding the good wave of adoration from old-schoolers to an entirely new generation of sprats who very well could've been conceived to the sounds of Surfer Rosa has been an odd journey, but one the band is thrilled to take. "We were happy to just tour, and it's been non-stop because people want to see us," Lovering confessed. Although the band have been talking about a new album "for years", Lovering admitted, "nothing's come to fruition" – something most rumors assert are due to the reluctance of bassist Kim Deal.
After the tour, however, Santiago claims, "it'll be time." "Making a record will be in the forefront … We've definitely gelled as a unit and hopefully when we can all bury the hatchet – and we have – maybe we'll go in there and hope for the best."
They're not the only ones hoping. Apparently U2 frontman Bono made a personal plea to the band to record more material. "You know, Bono even asked. Remember that? He's like, "Please make a record!" Goddamn, we can't leave that unturned. That would frustrate me. It would. I think we should do it. But it's up to everybody," Joey mused.
So where are the roadblocks? There is still "friction" within the band, Santiago acknowledged, though he and Lovering aren't the problem. "If there were two people to pick … it would probably be the other two," he explains with a laugh.
Kim Deal and Frank Black's tumultuous relationship is long documented, but the less dramatic half of the band has faith that peace can prevail enough for them to give the masses what they want. "Who knows once we get in there?" Santiago said. "I think that makes good music. [The Kinks'] Ray Davies, you know, beating up his little brother, [laughs] that friction, we've always kind of used it. Like, 'Oh yeah? Screw you, we're gonna play'. That little angst, it's good."
Read the full Pixies interview at Spinner.