Update: It seems Kim Deal doesn't feature on the song:

"I agree, it does sound a bit like Kim, says Black Francis. But it’s my good friend Jeremy Dubs, one of the best people I've had the pleasure to know, both socially and professionally."

He also opened up about the track's origins:

"Twenty-five years later, some Starbucks in Harvard Square…I thought that was kind of interesting. 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. So a lot of the musical idea had been kicking around for awhile. It's pretty simple, kind of a blues-based, two-note kind of thing, really."


Original Story:

While everyone else is at Glastonbury, it seems like Pixies felt a little bit sorry for those of us left at home. So while everyone is enjoying muddy fields and also some Bobby Womack based fun, we have Pixies smashing back onto the scene with their first release since 'Bam Thwok' in 2004.

What we get with 'Bagboy' is classic Pixies, polished up a bit. Plenty of call and response, thrashing guitars and a furious drum beat all retain the angsty, fidgety nature of any good Pixies track but with a higher level of sheen over the top. When Kim Deal announced she was to leave the band a few weeks ago, people were split into two camps. The first was those who didn’t even realise the Pixies were still together as their last release was in 2004 and then, before that, was 1991's Trompe le Monde. The second were those worried that the hugely influential Kim Deal would leave an irreplaceable hole in the band.

Luckily for that second camp, it appears that Deal has provided some vocals for 'Bagboy' and, if this is her swan song, then it’s a hell of a way to leave the band. Yet, it doesn't really let us know what Pixies will be like without her just yet. We're not even sure if the vocals do belong to Kim just yet (if so, perhaps they recorded a full album before she left in secret. Fingers crossed). Hopefully, the surprise release (and it really was a surprise, judging by how everyone on Twitter suddenly went crazy in a way they haven’t done since David Bowie gave us all a birthday present on his birthday) will mean that we have plenty more Pixies coming our way!


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