The Pixies are back, again.
The influential alternative rock outfit has announced its forthcoming album will be titled Head Carrier, and is slated to drop Sept. 30 through Pixies Music.
— PIXIES (@PIXIES) July 6, 2016
Head Carrier will be the band’s sixth studio album, their second since their reunion in 2003, and the first to feature new bass player Paz Lenchantin. Tom Dalgety produced the 12-track LP.
The Pixies set the ball rolling with the release overnight of the first single, the sweaty rock’n’ roll track “Um Chagga Lagga,” which can be heard below.
Thursday’s announcement coincides with the veteran Boston act’s first European summer tour date of the year, at NOS Alive in Lisbon, with a post-reunion lineup of Black Francis, David Lovering, Joey Santiago and Lenchantin (who replaced another touring bassist, Kim Shattuck, who was let go in Nov. 2013. Legendary original bassist Kim Deal left the Pixies earlier in 2013).
The group will slip back into Europe later in the year for a trek in support of the new album, with dates kicking off Nov. 15 at Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria. More U.K. shows will be announced soon, according to a statement.
Head Carrier is the followup to the Pixies’ 2014 self-released Indie Cindy, which peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard 200. Indie Cindy, their first full-length album since 1991, featured songs compiled from a series of EPs released between Sept. 2013 and March 2014.
Head Carrier tracklist:
1. Head Carrier
2. Classic Masher
3. Baal’s Back
4. Might As Well Be Gone
7. Tenement Song
8. Bel Esprit
9. All I Think About Now
10. Um Chagga Lagga
11. Plaster of Paris
12. All the Saints