US alt rock icons Pixies have today announced a brand new album entitled Head Carrier, along with new single Um Chagga Lagga, which you can listen to below.
Released on September 30th via Pixiesmusic/Play it Again Sam, the 12-track album was produced by Tom Dalgety (Killing Joke, Royal Blood) and recorded at London's Rak Studios from mid-February through to mid-March this year.
The first single to be released from the record, Um Chagga Lagga, is available to listen to here.
Featuring original artwork by the band's longtime art director Vaughan Oliver, the album will be available in various formats and can be pre-ordered now. Visit Pixiesmusic.com for details and purchasing.
A limited edition deluxe box set will be available exclusively through Pixiesmusic.com, and will include the CD, the album on heavy-weight/180 gram black vinyl, and a 24-page, oversized booklet with the song's lyrics and original artwork. Also available through the band's website is a special bundle that includes the deluxe box set, special t-shirt and a special screen printed 12" x 12" record sleeve-sized poster of the album artwork.
To support Head Carrier, Pixies will launch the first leg of their 2016 - 2017 global tour with a European run that begins November 15th in Vienna. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 8th.
Meanwhile, the band has welcomed bassist Paz Lenchantin to its permanent line-up. Lenchantin has been the band's touring bassist since January 2014 and played a key role in the recording of Head Carrier, taking lead vocals on new track All I Think About Now.
"I was very nervous in the beginning when I went to that first rehearsal," said Lenchantin. "There were these shoes I felt I had to fill and I tried to do the best I could for the fans, to make the live performances sound true to the originals. I spent three years learning to understand what being a Pixie meant, and now, my heart, spirit, and love for their music is embedded in me and I feel like I have become a Pixie. We had been more about the history of the Pixies, but now, we are about going forward."
Commenting on the making of the album, drummer David Lovering said that the band took its time in perfecting the songs before taking to the studio, meaning the recording process was half that of previous album Indy Cindy.
"This was a wonderful luxury, for us to have the time to be able to really work these new songs out," said Pixies drummer David Lovering. "By the time we started recording, we all knew the songs backwards and forwards, so it took half as long for us to make this album as it did to make 'Indie Cindy.' And it was great working with Tom...he started with us in pre-production and played a big part in keeping us focused on making the best music we could.”
The track listing for Head Carrier is as follows:
Might As Well Be Gone
All I Think About Now
Um Chagga Lagga
Plaster Of Paris
All The Saints