Pixies Share First New Video, 'Tenement Song': Watch

Travis Shinn
Pixies photographed in 2016.

As Pixies fans await the Sept. 30 release of Head Carrier, they got a pleasant Labor Day surprise on Monday when the band unveiled their first music video from the forthcoming album, for the track "Tenement Song."

 

The animated video, created by the Krank! Collective, was inspired by singer Black Francis' lyrics and the album artwork of longtime Pixies collaborator Vaughan Oliver.

Using a variety of handmade and digital techniques -- including old-school light box, painted animation, rotoscoping and digital compositing -- the video follows a rat as it scurries around run-down, overcrowded tenement housing where tenants gamble their organs in a violent card game while other eccentric inhabitants dance and mingle at a party. In the end, the entire building goes up in flames.

Pixies earlier this summer shared two songs from the new album: “Um Chagga Lagga” in July and "Talent" in August.

Head Carrier is Pixies' sixth full-length record and the first to feature bassist Paz Lenchantin as an official member. The album follows 2014’s reunion LP, Indie Cindy, which came 23 years after their previous release, 1991's Trompe le Monde