June 28, 2013 10:29pm PT by Emily Votaw, Billboard
Pixies Release 'Bagboy,' First New Song in Nine Years
On Friday morning, the Pixies unexpectedly returned with a new single, "Bagboy," their first new material since 2004. The track is available for stream and download (the latter with an email address), and was unveiled alongside a chaotic music video, directed by Lamar + Nik.
(Watch the video here.)
Produced by Gil Norton, the song has more in common with older Pixies material, and ends with a refrain of "Cover your breath, alter your speech" being hammered home. "The lyrics, coincidentally, were composed at a Starbucks Coffee in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass., about a hundred feet from where, 25 years ago, I composed some of the lyrics to an old Pixies song called 'Break My Body,'" frontman Black Francis says of the new track in a statement.
After breaking up in 1993, Pixies reunited in 2004 and have toured irregularly since, although they still have not released a new album since 1991's "Trompe le Monde." Before "Bagboy," the last scrap of new material the group released was the single "Bam Thwok" in 2004.