More than 20 years after they "disbanded," alternative rockers the Pixies are coming to Cooperstown.
The genre-defining band will bring its signature "loudquietloud" sound to Brewery Ommegang on May 22, courtesy of Dan Smalls Presents. The bill will feature Brooklyn indie rockers TV on the Radio, and singer-songwriter John Grant of The Czars.
"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," explains the concert announcement on Dan Smalls Presents' website. "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 20 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."
Formed in Boston in the mid-1980s, the Pixies released only four albums during their initial run, but have been cited by countless artists and critics as influencing the alternative rock boom of the 1990s. Since original bassist Kim Deal left the group after their reunion, the band has been using touring bassists for its live shows.
As the UK’s DIY wrote about the new music, 'They’re back. They’re still brilliant. God save the Pixies.'"
TV ON THE RADIO
Touring in support of their fifth album, "Seeds," TV on the Radio have "hit a point where they’re OK being straight-up beautiful without having to manipulate prettiness into whatever unforeseen shape," the website explains. "Like a small platoon whose pleasing impenetrability is their core, the band consistently confounds expectations while managing to balance respect from critics and peers alike." The band's music is eclectic and difficult to characterize, but the group lists the Pixies as among its influences. Guitarist David Andrew Sitek also once said, "I've always tried to make a song that begins like (Siouxsie and the Banshees') "Kiss Them For Me" ... with that element of surprise mode where all of a sudden this giant drum comes in."
With the release of his debut solo album "Queen of Denmark" in 2010, John Grant forged a new direction from the folk- and country-influenced rock of the Czars. His second solo album, "Pale Green Ghosts," was recorded with Biggi Veira of Gus Gus after Grant relocated to Iceland. The album was chosen as the Album of the Year for 2013 by Rough Trade.
Presale tickets (for fan club members only) are already on sale; public sales, starting at $45 and peaking at $70, will begin Friday. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for the all-ages show, with the music to begin at 7.
Brewery Ommegang's summer concert series will continue June 13 with The Avett Brothers, with special guest John Prine.