Pixies singer Black Francis says he’s stopping his solo career

Francis admits he’d lose money touring if he went solo again

Pixies singer Black Francis has said he has no plans to release any more solo albums now that the band are back together.

After Pixies split in 1993, Francis released 20 albums – seven as Frank Black, seven as Frank Black And The Catholics and six as Black Francis. These included 10 after Pixies reformed in 2004.

But Francis’ most recent solo album was ‘Paley And Francis’ in 2011 with The Five singer Reid Paley, since when Pixies have released the album ‘Indie Cindy’. Their new album ‘Head Carrier’, the second since reforming, is out on September 30. They shared the video for new single ‘Tenement Song’ yesterday (September 4).

Francis told Rolling Stone: “I can’t really justify more solo music. It ultimately takes a lot of energy to put out a solo record. Then people want you to go on tour to promote it.”

Father-of-five Francis added: “Pixies are pretty successful in the touring realm. I can’t really say ‘OK kids, I’m going on tour again. Bye! But this time I’m not going to make any money. I’m just doing it again because I’m an artist.”

Instead, Francis said he intends to paint as an outlet when he’s not working with Pixies. He said: “Being solo just doesn’t feel right. It goes up against my more blue-collar outlook. I paint; if I have creative energy, I try to direct it there. That doesn’t interfere with my musical career.”

Pixies tour ‘Head Carrier’ in November. Dates are:
Brixton O2 Academy (November 28-29, December 6)
Leeds Academy (30)
Glasgow Barrowland (December 2)
Newcastle Academy (3)
Manchester Apollo (4)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (7)