new pixies song
PIXIES RELEASE BRAND NEW SONG
PIXIES have written and recorded their first new song for thirteen years, and will release it tonight through the Internet.
'Bam Thwok' will go on-sale for 99 cents at midnight (June 15) exclusively on Apple's iTunes Music Store.
Written by bassist Kim Deal, the track was produced and recorded by the band at Stagg Street Studios, Los Angeles, in March.
Clocking in at 2 minutes 35 seconds, the lyrics for 'Bam Thwok' came from an art book Deal found on a city street while on tour a few years ago.
She said: "From the handwriting, you could tell that this book must have belonged to a little kid. This kid had written a short story, a paragraph really, about a party that took place in another universe, about people and monsters that were partying together. That's what provided the inspiration for the lyrics."
The chorus features the lyrics: 'Love. Bang. Crash. Wakka, Wakka, Bam Thwok'.
Deal added: "It's a song about loving everyone... showing goodwill to everyone."
A carousel-esque organ solo also features in the track, which was performed and recorded by guitarist Joey Santiago's father-in-law many years ago, when he was doing missionary work in the Philippines.
'Bam Thwok' was arranged and rehearsed at Santiago's home studio.
Singer Frank Black said: "Recording it was a nice way for us to break the ice after twelve years. The recording process was very relaxed and it didn't feel like twelve years had passed."
Pixies are currently touring Europe, and return to the UK for the T In The Park festival on July 11 and the V Festival over the weekend of August 21/22.
The band recently played a rapturously-received four-night sold-out stint at London Brixton Academy (June 2-5).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, June 14, 2004
PIXIES WRITE AND RECORD FIRST NEW SONG IN THIRTEEN YEARS
"Bam Thwok" Will Make Its Debut via Apple's iTunes
OK, all of you Pixies fans, the moment you've been waiting for has arrived -
the PIXIES have written and recorded a brand new song, the band's first in
thirteen years, and you can get it starting at Midnight, Tuesday, June 15
exclusively on Apple's popular iTunes Music Store. "Bam Thwok" was penned
by Kim Deal and produced and recorded by the Pixies at Stagg Street Studios
in Los Angeles this past March. The 2:35 "Bam Thwok," with Deal singing
lead, can be downloaded from the iTunes Music Store for 99-cents
The music for "Bam Thwok" had its genesis in a chord progression that Deal
had been toying with for a while, and the lyrics from an art book she found
discarded on a city street a number of years ago while on tour. "From the
handwriting, you could tell that this book must have belonged to a little
kid," Deal recounts. "This kid had written a short story, a paragraph
really, about a party that took place in another universe, about people and
monsters that were partying together. That's what provided the inspiration
for the lyrics." The song is a musical romp, and features a driving beat,
searing guitar, and the whimsical chorus, "Love. Bang. Crash. Wakka, wakka,
Bam Thwok." "It's a song about loving everyone," Deal added, "showing good
will to everyone."
The Pixies - Deal (bass, vocals,) Frank Black (vocals, guitar), Joey
Santiago (guitar), David Lovering (drums) - arranged and rehearsed the song
at Santiago's home studio, which includes a 15-second carousel-esque organ
solo performed and recorded many years ago by Santiago's father-in-law while
he was doing missionary work in the Philippines. "That's a great piece of
music," added Deal, "and it fits perfectly."
"'Bam Thwok' is a really good song," said Frank Black. "Recording it was a
nice way for us to break the ice after twelve years. The recording process
was very relaxed and it didn't feel like twelve years had passed."
As the Pixies are not currently affiliated with a record label, they had the
luxury of making their first new song available to fans around the globe at
a low price and instantaneously, something that iTunes could easily provide.
The Pixies plan to perform "Bam Thwok" at concerts on their current European
and upcoming North American tour dates.