Update: 10/08/2022 08:33
Issued by: 10/08/2022, 08:33
Prague – The American rock band Pixies will return to Prague on Thursday, August 25, performing at the Karlín Forum. The band was formed in the mid-1980s and influenced punk and the entire alternative scene. It was more popular in Britain and Europe than in America. It broke up in 1993, but got back together after 11 years and has been playing in Prague ever since.
The Pixies were formed in Boston in 1986 by guitarist and singer Charles Thompson, later known as Black Francis, and his then roommate, guitarist Joey Santiago. The lineup was completed by drummer David Lovering and singing bassist Kim Dealová. The word Pixies refers to magical flying fairies, which are said to bring not only good.
Pixies built their work on partial dynamic contrasts and mixtures of punk, independent guitar rock and pop. The lyrics range from depression to irony and don’t shy away from topics like faith or sex. After disbanding, the Pixies became influential for many alternative bands. Probably the most famous of them is Nirvana, its frontman Kurt Cobain said that according to their Nevermind album, the Pixies were not released at all.
In 197 Pixies released their first single Come On Pilgrim; a year later they released their regular debut Surfer Rosa. The following Doolittle and Bossanova records were always released one year apart. The band’s last regular album called Trompe Le Monde was released in 1991.
Two years later, the Pixies disbanded. Black Francis announced the end of the band’s existence before the listeners in a radio interview. Pixies frontman recorded a solo record under the then pseudonym Frank Black.
The quartet of musicians resumed their collaboration in 2004. Pixies then went on tour and released a number of recordings from individual concerts as well as the concert DVD Pixies Sell Out.
The group released their latest album Beneath The Eyrie in September 2019. Folk tales, supernatural beings, darkness, romantic themes, death and its consequences, Black Francis’s divorce theme, even country girl Katka’s life-and-death fight with a catfish, it all got on this board. Beneath The Eyrie captures the invention and live aesthetic of the legendary Pixies albums, but doesn’t try to imitate it. Instead, the band mixes various current and timeless musical and cultural genres.