THE return of Pixies after a 23-year hiatus has been treated with near religious fervour in some quarters.
Imagine four living Beatles announcing they were recording brand new material and you get some idea of how excited music fans of a certain age became at their reformation and the imminent release of Indie Cindy.
That’s in the main down to a quartet of albums released between 1988 and 1991, the first two of which helped shape guitar music for the next decade and whose melodic surf punk style formed the template for many inferior bands at the dawn of the 1990s, most notably Nirvana. “I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies,” the late Kurt Cobain admitted in interview when asked about writing Smells Like Teen Spirit.
So even though Indie Cindy isn’t strictly speaking a new album – its 12 songs have been available on three new EPs issued in the past year – it’s still an enormous deal.
It doesn’t disappoint. It’s an enormous shame that, for whatever reasons, bassist Kim Deal is not a part of the band but something magical happens when you put Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering in a studio together.
The vast majority of the songs here – Greens and Blues, Ring the Bell, Another Toe in the Ocean, Andro Queen – will have fans bouncing around like it’s 1989 again and the thrill of hearing new Pixies material is overwhelming.
Cynics will moan that there’s little that breaks new ground in the way that all four of their original albums did.
That may be, but there is plenty of time for that. For now, just sit back and enjoy.
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