The Pixies – Tickets – Iron City – Shows – Birmingham, AL – May 6th, 2015

 
 
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The Pixies

The Pixies

John Grant

Wednesday, May 6th 2015

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Iron City - Shows

Birmingham, AL

$60

This event is all ages

The Pixies
The Pixies
While Pixies have been acclaimed as the most influential, pioneering band of the late 80s alt/rock movement, having blazed the trail for artists from Nirvana to Radiohead to Pearl Jam, today, a whole new generation of music fans are discovering their iconic "loudquietloud" signature sound. After five genre-defining studio albums, Pixies disbanded in 1993, and then launched their reunion tour in April 2004, playing to sell-out crowds all over the globe for seven years, a longer period of time than they were a band originally. But writing, recording and releasing new music was something that the band had been wanting to do for a long time, so they secretly booked studio time in Wales for the fall of 2012. Six days into the recording, founding bassist Kim Deal decided to leave the band; Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering made the decision to carry on, working with a variety of touring bassists, something they'd never done.
It's been about a year and a half since the band surprised everyone with "Bagboy" (June 28, 2013) and then, 10 months after, with Indie Cindy (April 29, 2014), their first new album in more than twenty years. Over that time period, the band also released three EPs, as well as 10 music videos, racking up nearly 5-million views. Since they kicked off their 2013 - 2015 global tour in September, 2013, the band has played 120 shows across four continents, and still have lots of touring ahead of them.
As the UK's DIY wrote about the new music, "They're back. They're still brilliant. God save the Pixies."
John Grant
John Grant
John Grant, a man from Denver, sang in a band called The Czars. They were at times incredible and yet the sole reason if I am honest, for working with them was John Grant. He just does have one of the best male voices out there. Up with Neil Young, Robin Pecknold, Josh Tillman, Scott Walker… I could go on. His voice is so beautiful it makes you cry. It just does.

When The Czars broke up, John moved up to New York for a change of scenery and found himself playing support to Flaming Lips and Midlake on a few USA shows. Well they became very good pals and Midlake became determined, nay obsessed with helping John out, recognising like me that it was close to a crime that John remained unknown outside a very small cult number. So they brought him to their hometown of Denton, Texas, and so he lived there for some months, working with them all on his solo record, in the spare moments when they weren't working on their own new album.

I am not even going to go there, but all I am going to say that the Queen of Denmark is one of the most brilliant debut solo records you're going to hear next year, and a collaboration made in heaven. John's piano and voice with Midlake's backing? Too too good to be true. The album is being mixed right now by Midlake mixer Matt Pense and well… I said I am not even going to go there… you just wait now.