Pixies Release 'Bagboy,' First New Song in Nine Years
Rather than dribbling out the new track with a teaser clip, then a lyric video and then a live-action version, the influential alt-rockers went all in with a video featuring the bagboy in question riding home on his bike with groceries, bathing in a tub full of Froot Loops and then smashing the hell out of his (or someone's) house. He's accompanied by drawling talk-sung vocals from Black Francis, a booming beat from David Lovering and a huge, meaty guitar riff from Joey Santiago. Who's on bass? The band hasn't said, but someone is singing sugary Deal-style backing vocals on the track.
"The lyrics, coincidentally, were composed at a Starbucks Coffee in Harvard Square in Cambridge, about a hundred feet from where, 25 years ago, I composed some of the lyrics to an old Pixies song called 'Break My Body,'" Black Francis said in a statement. "The music for the song has been around for a few years. There are some demos I made with Joey and David a few years ago in Los Angeles, related to a film idea that still has yet to see the light of day, although work on the music continued."
The last new song the Pixies released was the download-only single "Bam Thwok," which accompanied the band's 2004 reunion after an acrimonious breakup in 1993. The group toured on and off over the ensuing nine years, including a multi-year stint celebrating the the 20th anniversary of their 1989 album Doolittle.