The reformed rockers issue their first new material since they got back together...
Pixies have written and recorded their first new song for thirteen years, and will release it tonight through the Internet.
‘Bam Thwok’ will go on-sale for 99 cents at midnight (June 15) exclusively on Apple’s iTunes Music Store.
Written by bassist Kim Deal, the track was produced and recorded by the band at Stagg Street Studios, Los Angeles, in March.
Clocking in at 2 minutes 35 seconds, the lyrics for ‘Bam Thwok’ came from an art book Deal found on a city street while on tour a few years ago.
She said: “From the handwriting, you could tell that this book must have belonged to a little kid. This kid had written a short story, a paragraph really, about a party that took place in another universe, about people and monsters that were partying together. That’s what provided the inspiration for the lyrics.”
The chorus features the lyrics: ‘Love. Bang. Crash. Wakka, Wakka, Bam Thwok’.
Deal added: “It’s a song about loving everyone… showing goodwill to everyone.”
A carousel-esque organ solo also features in the track, which was performed and recorded by guitarist Joey Santiago’s father-in-law many years ago, when he was doing missionary work in the Philippines.
‘Bam Thwok’ was arranged and rehearsed at Santiago’s home studio.
Singer Frank Black said: “Recording it was a nice way for us to break the ice after twelve years. The recording process was very relaxed and it didn’t feel like twelve years had passed.”
Pixies are currently touring Europe, and return to the UK for the T In The Park festival on July 11 and the V Festival over the weekend of August 21/22.
The band recently played a rapturously-received four-night sold-out stint at London Brixton Academy (June 2-5).