Release Date: January 10, 2014
Self released; 4 tracks
Review by: Laura Molinaro
It has only been four months since Pixies decided that, deal or no deal, they would continue to put out new music and tour.
Since then, the remaining trio has tacked and scrapped new Kim (Shattuck), as a touring bassist/female foil, in favour of A Perfect Circle’s Paz Lenchantin. Much can be and has been said about the potentially tarnishing aspects of a Pixies revival. EP-1 received much flack when held in the light next to the iconography of the band’s catalogue. To be fair, it’s more befitting to describe the band’s return as a resuscitation -- getting back to the studio, a means to shaking off the rust. Where EP-1, disappoints its successor excels.
In 14 minutes, the Pixies cover vast terrain; hitting the ground running with the Sabbath-AC/DC hybrid “Blue-Eyed Hexe”. The punchy, angular lead-in riff mellows out on Frank Black’s command only to return to chaos in classic loud-quiet-loud formation. Once the cathartic screeches subside, “Magdalena” walks in and tames out the vibe. “Greens and Blues” hits a mid-tempo stride that is as bittersweet and nostalgic as the band’s return. Though Black has stated this track was his attempt at “a show-closer”, EP-2 thankfully spins on into highlight track “Snakes”. With its intertwining guitar licks growing into a sporadic, twisted frenzy reminiscence of the title track from Mother Mother’s The Sticks, “Snakes” is easily the most transporting of this collection. Though ‘89s Doolittle was the band’s undisputed heyday, it seems there’s room yet on the Pixies' “Greatest Hits” album.