- 18 Jan 17
It’s been a stand-out 12 months for Pixies, with a fantastic comeback album to their name and now the ultimate accolade of Hot Press Indie Heroes of the Year. Ed Power breaks the good news to the Boston legends.
A round of applause, ladies and gentleman, as we give you the Hot Press Indie Heroes of the Year. Accepting the gong on behalf of Pixies is drummer Dave Lovering, who agrees the indie icons’ cracking new LP, Head Carrier, is a long-awaited return to form. Honestly, he can’t remember the last time they all got on so well in the studio – and you can hear the results on a rollicking record that recalls their late ‘80s glory days even as it blazes a trail distinctly its own.
“With the previous album [2014’s] Indie Cindy] there was a lot of trepidation going into the studio,” explains Lovering. “We were saying to ourselves, ‘Well jeez, this had better be good.’ There was a little bit of hardship doing Indie Cindy. With Head Carrier, we’d already broken through that. It wasn’t a problem.”
In addition to representing their finest hour since 1991’s Trompe Le Monde, Head Carrier is the first Pixies LP assembled entirely without bassist and founder member Kim Deal. She left in 2013, in the middle of the Indie Cindy sessions (the band were recording in Wales in the studio next door to Dubliner’s Kodaline: she delivered the bombshell over coffee at the local Cafe Nero).