Pixies, EP1

There are two types of people in this world – those who know that the Pixies are one of the greatest rock ‘n roll bands that ever lived, and those whose opinions are not worth your time.

Black Francis’s Boston four-piece disappeared for years then reformed in a blaze of wonderful nostalgia in the noughties.

This is their first official release in 20 years – other than two standalone singles – and while saying it has been worth the wait might be overplaying things somewhat, it is certainly no disappointment.

There isn’t a bad moment among these four tracks – all of them will fit perfectly into their live set, but old fans will notice the lack of departed bass player Kim Deal’s gorgeous backing vocals.

Andro Queen is an understated amble through a tale of a woman who clearly caught the attention of Black Francis, who treads familiar ground with one verse sung in Spanish.

Another Toe features a typical, catchy Pixies vocal melody, underpinned by Dave Lovering’s direct and powerful drumming.

The EP’s lead track, Indie Cindy, boasts a spoken verse that lets Francis do his thing in that almost obnoxious style that he does so well.

The way in which he delivers his cutting, funny lyrics is like being given a dressing down by the much smarter, cooler kid at school. You just have to listen and nod along.

Arguably the best track here is What Goes Boom – a riotous three-minute indie epic in the classic Pixies quiet/loud/quiet formula.

Hopefully this release hints at more new material to follow. But just in case that turns out not to be the case, don’t pass up the chance to get your hands on the limited vinyl release.

A fabulous and welcome return by probably the most important guitar band of the last 30 years.

A digital download version is also available.

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