The Irish popsters admit the tour will be a challenge - but they've got some heavyweight supporters...

The Thrills kicked off a month-long stint supporting Pixies in the US earlier this week in CALIFORNIA – thanks to the support of a famous fan.

While bands like Distillers have nabbed a handful of opening Pixies slots, the Irish five piece, whose second album ‘Let’s Bottle Bohemia’ was released earlier this month, managed to score a full 19 dates on the Boston outfit’s US jaunt.

“[Pixies bassist Kim Deal] had told someone she wanted to see The Thrills so we kind of heard that one of them liked us,” frontman Conor Deasy told NME.COM. “That was a surprise enough because musically it’s a very different kind of sound, but we thought it was cool. Then it went one step further [and] they came through with the tour. It was nice because it wasn’t a kind of a couple of agents hustling each other.”

Speaking last night at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre, on their second date of the jaunt, Deasy said The Thrills expect playing for Pixies audiences this month to present a challenge.

“I’ll be honest with you, it’s a different kind of crowd so it’ll probably take a little bit of an effort for us to win them over, but we’re just going to play the songs, we’re not going to be trying to shove it down people’s throats because I know that they’re there to see the Pixies.”

Deasy said Pixies drummer David Lovering has made them feel welcome though, showing off his David Copperfield like abilities.

“I think the drummer is a really cool guy. He’s a musician and he does loads of tricks so we were hanging out a bit with him,” he said. “We don’t’ know anything about magic, but we enjoy it.”

The Thrills will return to the UK in November for their biggest tour to date before making some New Year’s resolutions.

“I think the important thing next year is to not run ourselves into the ground because we’ve been killing ourselves. It’s not healthy,” he said. “I want to write a new record, not the way we did this one – on the road. I’m glad we did it like that because we got a good record out but we [can’t] keep doing that because it really drains you.”