Pixies have announced their eighth studio album Doggerel on September 30 via BMG and released its lead single ‘There’s a Moon On’.
One of the most influential forces in the history of alt-rock, the band’s post-2004 reunion added another three UK Top 10 albums, including 2019’s Beneath The Eyrie, their first full-length release with BMG.
Guitarist Joey Santiago said, “This time around we have grown. We no longer have under two-minute songs. We have little breaks, more conventional arrangements but still our twists in there.”
Vocalist/guitarist Black Francis added, “We’re trying to do things that are very big and bold and orchestrated. The punky stuff, I really like playing it but you just cannot artificially create that shit. There’s another way to do this, there’s other things we can do with this extra special energy that we’re encountering.”
It’s a record with an unusual genesis. Instead of building upon rough ideas in the studio, Black Francis turned up to sessions with 40 songs prepared. Sessions started late in 2021 with producer Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Ghost) working with Francis in Massachusetts before they headed to LA to finish tracks with the rest of the band.
Santiago contributed his first two Pixies songwriting credits, with music for ‘Dregs of the Wine’ and lyrics for ‘Doggerel’. Meanwhile, drummer David Lovering and bassist Paz Lenchantin’s performances have the uninhibited energy of two musicians who both confess to feeling reinvigorated by the process.
Pixies’ UK summer tour dates include large outdoor headline shows in Manchester, Birmingham, and Newcastle plus a BST Hyde Park show as guests to Pearl Jam.