Pix­ies do a lot

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Music -

If it were pos­si­ble for me to love the Pix­ies any more than I al­ready do than I would... for the ti­tle of the lead sin­gle from their new al­bum. Um Chagga Lagga brings a smile to the face even be­fore hear­ing it. Hear­ing it brings a huge grin as its a clas­sic slice of punky pop Pix­ies.

This is only the band’s sixth al­bum in a ca­reer – al­beit with lengthy in­ter­rup­tions –which be­gan in 1986.

The 2016 line up in­cludes three-quar­ters of the orig­i­nal band with only bassist Kim Deal ab­sent. She’s been re­placed by Paz Len­chan who not only con­trib­utes bass but a fe­male voice to com­ple­ment and con­trast Black Fran­cis’s un­mis­take­able rock howl. The quar­tet is made up by the ever ex­cel­lent David Lover­ing and Joey San­ti­ago and to­gether they recorded Head Car­rier in a month in Lon­don.

Their last al­bum (and their first for 11 years) 2014’s In­die Cindy got a luke­warm re­sponse – the Pix­ies sound was in­tact, but that they’d for­got­ten to write any de­cent songs was a com­mon, if harsh, crit­i­cism.

This time round that charge can’t be levied at them as they bring their barn­storm­ing blend of surf pop, grunge and hard rock close to the peak they achieved with al­bums such as Surfa Rosa, Trompe Le Monde and their clas­sic Doolit­tle with tracks such as Clas­sic Masher and All I Think About Now.

It might not be quite Doolit­tle but it’s mighty fine and there can few bands who can blend sear­ing hard rock and per­fect pop like the Pix­ies. To be in with a chance of win­ning this al­bum an­swer this ques­tion. What other band is Kim Deal best known for? En­tries to Pix­ies, Nigel Thornton, Pe­ter­bor­ough Tele­graph, Unex House - Suite B,Bourges Boule­vard, Pe­ter­bor­ough, PE1 1NG by Oc­to­ber 6.

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