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Here comes your band


Joe Wertz September 18th, 2010

Iconic alt-rock act Pixies pulls out all the stops and revisits its signature 1989 album 'Doolittle.' There's talk of a new album, too.

Pixies with Fuck Buttons
8:30 p.m. Saturday
Brady Theater
105 W. Brady, Tulsa
www.bradytheater.com
866-977-6849
$37-$57

Pixies fans must all be at least a bit masochistic.

Collectively in the iconic alternative act, and through solo efforts and independent bands (including Grand Duchy, the Catholics, The Breeders, The Amps, The Martinis) Frank Black, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago and David Lovering have given audiences a lot to listen to.

And with Black's mystic, avant lyrical imagery combined with years of inner-Pixies conflicts, fights and falling-outs, there's always been plenty of fuel for ruminating fans.

Each of the Pixies' five albums maintains boatloads of critical and fan support. The frenzy began with "Come On Pilgrim" in 1987, and 1988's experimental "Surfer Rosa," has to be among the albums most cited as influencing post-'80s bands and musicians.

But 1989's "Doolittle" has become the Pixies signature.

After years of false starts, teasing appearances and conflicting announcements, the Pixies in June of 2009 announced a European tour to mark the 20th anniversary of "Doolittle." An American leg was added for that fall, and eventually the tour was extended into 2010 with shows in Australia and New Zealand.

The Pixies have brought the "Doolittle" tour back to the U.S. for a string of shows in towns it didn't hit the first time around, says drummer David Lovering.

Like most of its tour stops, Saturday's show at Tulsa's Brady Theater quickly sold out, but local promoters say "obstructed view" seats are still available.

Production-wise, the tour is unlike anything ever staged by the Pixies, Lovering says, and includes an elaborate lighting setup and several video elements.

"It's the biggest production we've ever had," he says. "It's quite a show. It's definitely the biggest we've ever taken out, and I think it adds to the whole evening."

The show opens with a video, Lovering says, and throughout the set, videos created to accompany specific songs will be projected as the Pixies play through the entire "Doolittle" album. The band will start several of the album's b-sides, Lovering says, including "Dance the Manta Ray," "Weird at My School" and "Bailey's Walk," and lead into seminal album tracks like "Debaser," "Here Comes Your Man" and "Monkey Gone to Heaven."

After the U.S. tour, Lovering says the Pixies will be "done with 'Doolittle,'" and will play a string of standard Pixies shows in South America and Mexico.

With ebb and flow between songs, Lovering says the "Doolittle" tour comes across much more like "listening to a record" than attending a traditional Pixies concert, where he says songs are played back-to-back with no gaps.

"It's just bang, bang, bang, bang, bang for an hour and a half, one after the other," he says, joking that "the main difference for me is that I need an oxygen tent after one of our regular shows."

The Pixies tour ends in late October, and Lovering says that band has nothing else slated for 2011, and the musicians have had vague discussions of recording a new, full-length album.

"For the last couple of years we've been talking about doing a recording. It's been talk, but I'm waiting to see if that comes through to fruition, but that's where it's at right now," he says. "It would be a perfect plan to do, but we're still talking about it. Nothing is set as of yet." "Joe Wertz
 
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