Pixies have revealed that their new album features a song written about former member Kim Deal.
Singer/bassist Deal left the band in 2013, shortly before they recorded comeback album ‘Indie Cindy’.
Deal was initially replaced in the group by Kim Shattuck, but later it was announced that Zwan member Paz Lenchantin would fill in on a permanent basis.
With the band’s new album ‘Head Carrier’ coming in September, frontman Frank Black has told BBC Radio 6 Music that the record includes a track penned as a “thank-you letter” to Deal, with the lyrics sung by Lenchantin. The song is thought to be called ‘All I Think About Now’.
Speaking previously about Deal, Lenchantin said, “I was very nervous in the beginning when I went to that first rehearsal. There were these shoes I felt I had to fill, and I tried to do the best I could for the fans. I tried to make the live performances true to the originals and I spent three years learning to understand what being a Pixie meant. Now my heart, spirit and love for their music is embedded in me and I feel like I have become a Pixie. We had been more about the history of Pixies, but now we’re going forward.”
Also in the 6 Music interview, Black described the new album as having |a bit of early-Pixies slosh in it”, comparing it to their 1989 classic ‘Doolittle’.
‘Head Carrier’ will be released on September 30. It has been preceded by lead single ‘Um Chagga Lagga’.
The album was recorded with new producer Tom Dalgety, who has worked with Royal Blood and Killing Joke. For the first time since the band’s early days, Pixies spent six weeks in their studio in London on pre-production, writing and rehearsing the new album.
Drummer David Lovering said: “It was a wonderful luxury to have the time to be able to really work these new songs out. By the time we started recording, we all knew the songs backwards and forwards. So it took half as long to make this album as it did to make ‘Indie Cindy’.”
The tracklisting for ‘Head Carrier’ is:
‘Might As Well Be Gone’
‘All I Think About Now’
‘Um Chagga Lagga’
‘Plaster Of Paris’
‘All The Saints’