Seminal alt-rock group the Pixies recently announced a rare Silicon Valley tour stop arriving this February.
The band plays San Jose Civic on February 22 with openers indie pop duo Best Coast as part of an extended leg of their most recent world tour.
The Pixies, in their heyday of the late 80s/early 90s, were one of the most influential bands to shape alt-rock and indie rock. Pitchfork ranked the Pixies second album Doolittle as the fourth best album of the 80s, and their third album Bossanova as the 28th best album of the 90s. Even Kurt Cobain revealed in a 1994 Rolling Stones interview that “Smells like teen spirit” was heavily influenced by the Pixies. He said, “I was trying to write the ultimate pop song. I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies. We used their sense of dynamics, being soft and quiet and then loud and hard.”
After an extended break the band reunited in 2004 with a headlining (behind Radiohead) slot at at Coachella, followed by several subsequent tours. They released the song “Bam Thwok” in 2004 and then “Ain’t that pretty at all” to the Warren Zevon tribute album, Enjoy Every Sandwich. Just recently in June of 2013, bassist Kim Deal quit the band and was replaced by the Muffs’ Kim Shattuck. Days later, the Pixies released their first single in almost a decade, “Bagboy”, followed by the four song release, EP1, their first official release since 1991’s Trompe Le Monde.
Tickets for the San Jose concert are $50 and go on sale tomorrow at 10am. More info.
Here is a new video Pixies just released for their song “Andro Queen,” from EP-1, released in September of 2013: