Beneath The Eyrie
BMG / Infectious Records
Release Date: Friday 13th September 2019
A reincarnated Pixies return with their third album due to the fact reforming in 2004. Due to the fact Kim Deal left in 2013 there’s been a lot of arguments amongst the men and women who fell in adore with them when Surfer Rosa exploded onto the scene and spawned shitloads of bands in its wake. Wayne AF Carey is 1 of them and puts his case forward to the masses…
This is a challenging 1 for me as I’m 1 of these early fans who was blown away by the intense fury of Surfer Rosa back in 1988, therefore going on to start off a band of my personal on the back of it. Black Francis has gone via numerous alterations due to the fact then and has mellowed a lot due to the fact back then. Even so the tunes are nonetheless there. OK, Kim Deal was identified as the backbone of the band with these trademark cat-purr bass lines and sultry vocals on songs like Gigantic and men and women say the band are not the exact same with out her. I disagree. Joey Santiago and Dave Lovering had been and constantly are an crucial aspect to the Pixies sound. Paz Lenchantin has complicated boots to step into but fits in nicely with Pixies most recent sound. No poor issue I say.
The sound is nonetheless Pixies, extra mellowed out and haunting in components due to it getting recorded at Dreamland, an old church out in the wilds in New York State, Black describes the entire recording affair as like a Blair Witch moment and you can get that feeling in some of the songs. A notion album of sorts complete of themes of witches, werewolves, death and the macabre.
In The Arms Of Mrs Mark Of Cain is a good opener, a mellow affair all about getting content material with a cursed connection and provides off a related vibe to tracks like Motorway To Roswell, whereas On Graveyard Hill is common Pixies by numbers, nothing at all new but with a psychedelic really feel and a good small story involving a witch known as, wait for it, Donna…. Fuckin’ ell…
I’m genuinely loving Catfish Kate with each listen. A correct catchy quantity which harks back to the Frank Black solo stuff. Once more, it is not groundbreaking but Black Francis just has that way of dragging you in with his quirky tales. Kate has a fight with a monster catfish and twats it. Do not mess with her.
This Is My Fate harks back to old stuff, a gothic really feel going on. The title derives from a Twilight Zone episode apparently and the tune reminds me a bit of bit of Alabama Song by The Doors, particularly understanding it is about a drunkard higher on mandrake root. Joey does a great job on this on!
Prepared For Adore is the closest they’ll get to a adore song and it is a attractive quantity with beautiful backing vocals from Paz. Once more some excellent guitars from Joey, Most likely a highlight of the album for me. Quick and sweet.
An additional highlight is Silver Bullet which kicks off correct mellow with the tale of a man condemned wandering the evening. It kicks in with a prime OK Corral variety theme. Correct Pixies fans will adore this. Goes back to the days of Bossanova this 1. They’ve nonetheless got it and the backing vocals from Paz are excellent.
Extended Rider is yet another up tempo tune which is classic Pixies. Belting chorus and these dynamics they are great at. The only trouble I have with this 1 is it sounds like Francis has been listening to the Ash back catalogue….
Los Surfers Muertos has Paz on lead vocals and once again is old college Pixies to a tee. Also a tribute to a buddy who died when they had been recording. Dark stuff with that trademark Joey and Dave sprinkle.
St Nazaire is the closest you get to these old days of Surfer Rosa and Doolittle. A correct small punk gem with Francis making use of his trademark growl to excellent impact. Correct rockabilly moves splashed with that abrasive sound. One particular of my favourites.
Bird Of Prey is a menacing gothic quantity and chugs along with a Nick Cave style delivery. Francis admits it is a divorce song with lyrics like “You stole it when you stole my yesterday” Harking back to the surf rock era, yet another tune that goes down nicely a will maintain the old fans delighted.
Daniel Boone is a correct laid back tune, a pop song of sorts but with that option undertone and brings photos of increasing spirit swirling via the mist. Francis is absolutely mellowing out on each and every album and can nonetheless inform a mesmerising story when he feels like it.
Death Horizon is a haunting closer which conjures photos of eerie woodlands, death, storytelling with a torch up to your face moment. a magical finish that does not drag and yet another nod to the songwriting prowess of Black Francis.
I’m gonna get men and women disagreeing with me on this. If you want Surfer Rosa or early stuff you may perhaps not get it. My opinion is that it is a decent all round album. Some dodgy moments right here and there, not a classic but if like me you adore later Pixies stuff just as significantly you will get it.
12 De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK
13 Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, UK
14 Pavilions, Plymouth, UK
16 O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK
17 O2 Academy, Leeds, UK
18 O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK
20 Alexandra Palace, London, UK
21 O2 Academy, Newcastle, UK
22 O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK
23 Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK
25 Ulster Hall, Belfast, UK
26 Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
29 Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
30 Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden
1 KB Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
three TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands
four O13 Poppodium, Tilburg, The Netherlands
five Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany
7 Palladium, Cologne, Germany
eight Lucerna Music Hall, Prague, Czech Republic
9 Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
11 Estragon, Bologna, Italy
12 Todays at OGR, Turin, Italy
13 X-Tra, Zurich, Switzerland
15 Tonhalle, Munich, Germany
16 Forest National, Brussels, Bel
17 Luxexpo, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
19 L’Olympia, Paris, France
20 Le Radiant, Lyon, France
21 Le Liberte, Rennes, France
23 Sant Jordi Club, Barcelona, Spain
24 Riviera, Madrid, Spain
25 Campo Pequeno, Lisbon, Portugal
26 Coliseum, Galicia, Spain
Words by Wayne Carey who writes for Louder Than War. His author profile is here and you can catch his website here