Pixies announce four new songs in “EP-2” plus a new music video to accompany the release

January 7, 2014
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With the success of the four-track “EP-1,” Pixies is bringing out “EP-2,” with four brand new songs – “Blue-Eyed Hexe,” “Magdalena,” “Greens and Blues” and “Snakes,” as well as a music video for “Blue-Eyed Hexe.”

Pixies talks about the four new songs on “EP-2”:

“Blue-Eyed Hexe”
About this track, Pixies’ Black Francis explained, “It’s a tale from the northwestern part of the UK, and it’s a witch-woman kind of a song.  That’s what a ‘hexe’ is, and ours is a blue-eyed hexe.”  Guitarist Joey Santiago added, “Gil wanted a swagger, he wanted the guitar solo to sound like you’re going to have sex with this blue-eyed hexe.”

“Magdalena”
“This song is so atmospheric,” remembered Santiago.  “We had these weird Moog pedals that sounded like water.  It was a very mood-based, atmospheric sound, not based on any lyrics or anything.”  Added drummer David Lovering, “One of my favorites, maybe tied with ‘Indie Cindy.’  It’s cool the way it flows, and it’s a very simplistic song, very pretty, cool and moving.”

“Greens and Blues”
Said Black Francis, “As with all my songs, I would prefer people add their own interpretation to it.  But, in this case, let’s just say that we had done ‘Gigantic’ as the closer for many years at our reunion shows and it worked really well.  But I could see that we were going to grow weary of that and I felt like we basically needed a better ‘Gigantic.’  It was my attempt to come up with another song that would – musically, emotionally and psychologically – sit in the same place that ‘Gigantic’ has sat.  Not that I could ever replace that song: you write songs and they come out the way they come out.  So perhaps it can be said that this song fills the emotional niche that ‘Gigantic’ occupied, another show-closer.  I think the lyric alludes to that, the fact that it’s the end of the night, the end of something. And a separation if you will, between the band and the audience.  So I guess it’s kind of a goodbye song, or really more of a ‘good night’ song.

“Snakes”
“I’m not a jammer,” said Santiago, “but Black Francis and I started jamming it out.  I had this little idea and I did that sliding guitar just to emulate a snake.”  Black Francis adds, “This one was totally written in the studio session.  It proved to be a little bit difficult to play and a little bit difficult to record, sonically, but we stuck with it and I like the result.”
“EP-2” is available exclusively on the Pixies’ website (pixies music.com) as a direct download link (mp3 file only), limited edition 10-inch vinyl, and part of special bundles.The Pixies also released a music video for “Blue-Eyed Hexe” to accompany the four-track EP launch.

Pixies will continue their extensive world tour in 2014, kicking off on January 15 in Toronto, O.N.

All dates are as follow:

JANUARY
15     Massey Hall, Toronto, ON  CANADA  (Fidlar)
16     Metropolis, Montreal, QC  CANADA  (Fidlar)
18     Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA  (Fidlar)
19     Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY  (Fidlar)
21     New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ  (Fidlar)
22     Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT  (Fidlar)
24     Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA  (Fidlar)
25     Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA  (Fidlar)
26     Strathmore, Washington, DC  (Fidlar)
29     National Theatre, Richmond, VA  (Fidlar)
31     Durham PAC, Durham, NC  (Cults)

FEBRUARY
 1      Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, NC  (Cults)
 2      Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN  (Cults)
 4      Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA  (Cults)
 6      Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, MO  (Cults)
 7      LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH  (Cults)
 8      The Fillmore, Detroit, MI  (Cults)
 9      Rivera Theatre, Chicago, IL  (Cults)
11     Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO  (Cults)
13     Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO  (Best Coast)
14     Belly Up, Aspen, CO  (Best Coast)
15     The Great Salt Air, Salt Lake City, UT  (Best Coast)
17     Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC  CANADA  (Best Coast)
18     Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA  (Best Coast)
19     Schnitzer Auditorium, Portland, OR  (Best Coast)
21     Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA  (Best Coast)
22     San Jose Civic, San Jose, CA
23     The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV  (Best Coast)
24     Comercia Theatre, Phoenix, AZ  (Best Coast)
25     Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque, NM  (Best Coast)
27     Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX  (Best Coast)
28     South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX  (Best Coast)
MARCH
 1       Austin Music Hall, Austin, TX  (Best Coast)
APRIL
 1       Rock’n’Fall, Montevideo, Uruguay
1/3     Lollapalooza Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina
3/5     Festival Estereo Picnic, Bogota Colombia
5/6     Lollapalooza Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil
MAY
29/30 Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain
JUNE
6/7     Primavera Sound, Porto, Portugal
 8       Field Day, Victoria Park, London, UK
15      Northside, Arhus, Denmark
20      Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek, Holland
20/22 Hurricane, Schessel, Germany
20/22 Southside, Neuhausen, Germany
25      Inmusic, Zagreb, Croatia
29      Marley Park, Dublin, Ireland (with Arcade Fire)
30      Live at the Marquee, Cork, Ireland
JULY
 5       Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium
 6       Beauregard, Herouville-St. Clair, France“EP-2”
Recorded: During Oct. 2012 at Rockfield Studios in Wales, U.K.
Produced: Gil Norton
Written: the Pixies
Artwork Designed: Vaughan Oliver at v23Lyrics, artwork, credits and other background info on “EP-2” are accessible here.

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