The Pixies are an alternative rock band formed in formed in 1986, just alternative was on its way to gaining mainstream acceptance. The band’s unique sound… thumping bass lines, distorted and screachy guitars, and dark, somber lyrics… was a major influence on the 1990s alternative and grunge genre.
Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, the Pixies was founded by Black Francis (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Joey Santiago (lead guitar), Kim Deal (bass, backing vocals), and David Lovering (drums). Deal left in 2013 and was replaced by touring bassist Kim Shattuck and later Paz Lenchantin.
The Pixes released five studio albums in their early years; Come On Pilgrim (1987), Surfer Rosa (1988), Doolittle (1989), Bossanova (1990), and Trompe le Monde (1991). In 2002, SpinART Records released previously unheard material entitled simply Pixies. This release consisted of 16 minutes of music from their original demo tape. In 2013, the band released EP1, followed by EP2 being release in January 2014.
While their success at home in the United States was modest at best, the Pixies did significantly better in Europe. The band disbanded in 1993, amid conflict amidst its members. Apparently, their absense only served to increase the apetite of fans for their music. When the Pixies reunited in 2004, they did so to sold-out world tours.
The PixiesÂ are currently on tour. They played at the Fillmore in Detroit, Michigan on February 8th, 2014. Photographer, Chris Betea of National Rock Review, was on hand to capture images of the show.