Formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986, Pixies were one of those rare bands that did better in the UK than they in their native United States. The original line-up consisted of Black Francis (lead vocals, guitar), Joey Santiago (lead guitar), Kim Deal (bass), and David Lovering (drums). Deal left the band in 2013 and was replaced on a permanent basis by Paz Lenchantin in 2016.
A band that embraced several different musical genres their sound is hard to pin down. It has been called hard rock, psychedelia, surf rock, and alternative rock. What can be said is that they sound like no other and influenced bands like Nirvana, Radiohead, Weezer, and Blur. They themselves have named Iggy Pop, Talking Heads, Husker Du, and The Cars as influences. Their dreamlike lyrics are also not run of the mill as they deal with subjects like aliens, violence in the bible and incest. Black Francis is the band’s primary songwriter.
The band went along smoothly until 1993 when they broke up with plenty of hard feelings involved. After over a decade apart they got back together in 2004. Despite their absence music fans’ hearts only grew fonder of the band and their popularity grew even more. During the fall of 2016 the band released their sixth studio album entitled Head Carrier.
-Date: September 27, 2017
-Venue: MTelus (formerly Metropolis)
-Ticket Purchase: www.ticketmaster.ca
-Ticket Price: $68.25 (plus handling charges)
-Opening Act: Sunflower Bean
-Show Time: 8:00 p.m. (Doors @ 6:30 p.m.)