Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

The Pixies to Highlight New Music at Njpac

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

The Pixies to Highlight New Music at Njpac

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MUSIC

WHO: The Pixies and Fidlar.

WHAT: Alternative rock.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday.

WHERE: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark; 888-466-5722 or njpac.org.

HOW MUCH: $49.50 to $79.50.

MORE INFO: pixiesmusic.com.

Ten years after reuniting, The Pixies have begun consistently recording new music, having released eight songs in the past four months. Singer-guitarist Black Francis said he knew the band, which previously released two tracks in the past decade, would eventually hit the studio more often. "If the main thrust of activity in 2004 was to play some reunion shows, I suppose the notion of recording music wasn't too far behind," Francis said by phone. "I record music and I play shows. That's what musicians do."

The Pixies will spotlight their two new EPs and play old favorites on Tuesday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The four-song "EP1" was released in September. Earlier this month came "EP2," featuring four additional tracks.

Francis said that The Pixies were determined to record material that lived up to their work from the band's first go-around, 1987 to 1991. The Pixies' mix of indie rock, psychedelia and pop sensibility has been widely credited with influencing the leaders of the 1990s alternative movement, including Nirvana, Radiohead and Weezer.

"There was a little bit of pressure to come up with something compelling with a capital C," Francis said. "I think the new music is good and it might even be great. But it's hard to know until time has passed."

Standouts from the EPs include straight-ahead rocker "Another Toe in the Ocean" and the atmospheric "Greens and Blues." But it's "Indie Cindy" that best exemplifies The Pixies, veering from discordant riffs and abstract spoken-word verses to a chorus lush with acoustic guitars and yearning vocals.

Guitarist Joey Santiago said he sees more EPs in the band's future rather than full-length albums. "It's a throwback to the first days of rock-and-roll, when bands released only singles," Santiago said in a separate phone interview. …

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