Compared to the two songs the Pixies released way back in 2004, this recent output is downright prolific. That year, the Pixies released the "Bam Thwok" digital single and the cover of Warren Zevon's "Ain't That Pretty At All. Already, they have put out the free digital single, "Bagboy", this past June. Now, they have an actual, physical EP to offer fans (the last was the demo collection, Purple Tape in 2002). It was announced and available for order, not pre-order, today early this morning through the band's Facebook and Twitter pages. It's a post-Labor Day miracle!
It is unfair to think that 3/4 of the original group are just going to pick up where they left off since their last multi-song project, 1991's Trompe Le Monde. No one stays the same for that amount of time. However, traces will always remain. Black Francis still has a penchant for singing in Spanish like in EP-1's lead track, "Andro Queen". "Another Toe" is a loose thematic cousin to "Wave Of Mutilation". "Indie Cindy" is a superb mash-up of a song that alternates with a small bit of vulgarity (a first for a Pixies record) and sinister groove with a sweet refrain. Don't worry about the band going soft as final track, "What Goes Boom", rocks out plenty.
The vinyl record is a tad pricey at $25 after shipping, but there are only 5,000 being made. Fans that don't care about physical media can purchase the four songs for four bucks. That's a no brainer, since the EP is terrific. There is also a t-shirt option. For those wishing to hear the new stuff live, the band will be coming to Humboldt Park to co-headline Riot Fest on its last day, Sun Sep 15.