The Pixies were formed in the mid-1980s and have been credited with popularizing the extreme dynamics and stop-start timing that would become widespread in alternative rock. In fact in discussing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” during a 1994 interview with Rolling Stone, Kurt Cobain said “I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies. I have to admit it [smiles]. When I heard the Pixies for the first time, I connected with that band so heavily I should have been in that band—or at least in a Pixies cover band. We used their sense of dynamics, being soft and quiet and then loud and hard.” They were/are huge in UK/Europe. Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has said that, while at school, “the Pixies had changed my life.”
The Pixies are touring behind their first new LP in twenty years – Indie Cindy. You can catch this legendary band at The Orpheum Theater on Sunday, October 12. Unfortunately Kim Deal is not touring with the band. Black Francis (guitar), Joey Santiago (guitar) and David Lovering (drums) will be joined by Paz Lenchantin on bass this tour.
Plan to get there early and enjoy opening band, Royal Blood. Featuring Mike Kerr (vocals/bass) and Ben Thatcher (drums), they produce a HUGE sound of ferocious drumming and bass. Influences heard in their sound include Queens of the Stone Age, Black Keys, White Stripes, Led Zeppelin. Their new record debuted at #1 in the UK last month and Royal Blood’s live show is getting some pretty great attention at the moment. But why don’t you be the judge of that?