Frank Black speaks...

FRANK BLACK has warned that fans expecting a new Pixies album might have to wait a little longer than they expected.

Fans have gone into overdrive since a band insider let slip to the New York Times last month that the reformed heroes would put out an album of all-new material in 2005, with Pixies even naming Tom Waits as a potential producer, what Black quoted as saying: “I like the way his records sound.”

But now, Black has told the Associated Press that neither fans – nor former record label 4AD – should hold their breath: “Record companies, schmecord companies – who needs ‘em? That’s not where the money is. The business is with the real customers – the fans. That’s who we’re trying to connect with.

“In terms of getting a relationship with a company going, we don’t have any need, because we don’t have anything for them to sell. If and when we do have something, we’re probably going to proceed a little cautiously.

“At the end of the day, the record company always needs content. They need artists. Right now, they need artists more than we need them.”

Pixies recently released their first new song in 13 years, ‘Bam Thwok’, as a download through the iTunes site.