Pixies Surprise Fans with 'EP-2'

Pixies Surprise Fans with 'EP-2'
Still celebrating their lengthy reunion, indie rock troupe the Pixies (who now count A Perfect Circle's Paz Lenchantin among their ranks) have surprised fans with the release of their second EP of all-new material.

The four-song EP-2 arrived on the band's site today (January 3) and is available to purchase digitally or as a limited 10-inch. The EP can be grabbed here.

The group also shared some insight into each of the EP's four songs, which you can check out below:

"Blue-Eyed Hexe"
About this track, Pixies' Black Francis explained, "It's a tale from the northwestern part of the UK, and it's a witch-woman kind of a song. That's what a 'hexe' is, and ours is a blue-eyed hexe." Guitarist Joey Santiago added, "Gil wanted a swagger, he wanted the guitar solo to sound like you're going to have sex with this blue-eyed hexe."

"Magdalena"
"This song is so atmospheric," remembered Santiago. "We had these weird Moog pedals that sounded like water. It was a very mood-based, atmospheric sound, not based on any lyrics or anything." Added drummer David Lovering, "One of my favorites, maybe tied with 'Indie Cindy.' It's cool the way it flows, and it's a very simplistic song, very pretty, cool and moving."

"Greens and Blues"
Said Black Francis, "As with all my songs, I would prefer people add their own interpretation to it. But, in this case, let's just say that we had done 'Gigantic' as the closer for many years at our reunion shows and it worked really well. But I could see that we were going to grow weary of that and I felt like we basically needed a better 'Gigantic.' It was my attempt to come up with another song that would – musically, emotionally and psychologically – sit in the same place that 'Gigantic' has sat. Not that I could ever replace that song: you write songs and they come out the way they come out. So perhaps it can be said that this song fills the emotional niche that 'Gigantic' occupied, another show-closer. I think the lyric alludes to that, the fact that it's the end of the night, the end of something. And a separation if you will, between the band and the audience. So I guess it's kind of a goodbye song, or really more of a 'good night' song.

"Snakes"
"I'm not a jammer," said Santiago, "but Black Francis and I started jamming it out. I had this little idea and I did that sliding guitar just to emulate a snake." Black Francis adds, "This one was totally written in the studio session. It proved to be a little bit difficult to play and a little bit difficult to record, sonically, but we stuck with it and I like the result."


A video for new song "Blue-Eyed Hexe" is available below.

EP-2:

1. Blue-Eyed Hexe

2. Magdalena

3. Greens and Blues

4. Snakes