Two years since they reformed for the first time in more than a decade, the Pixies will reactivate for seven European shows in July. What happens after that is anybody’s guess, according to guitarist Joey Santiago. “It will be an organic process, I guess,” he tells Billboard.com. “After these shows, should we continue on? Should we let it rest? We really don’t know.”
The prospect of a new Pixies studio album is also in limbo, Santiago admits. “I’d only be interested if it happens in an organic manner; if all our schedules are aligned and we’re all feeling it,” he says. “That’s the only reason to do it.”
For the upcoming gigs, which begin July 14 in Trencin, Slovakia, the Pixies “sought out places we haven’t been before,” according to Santiago. “We actually looked at a map while we were doing the last tour in Japan.” The guitarist says it is too early to speculate if any vintage tunes will be added to the set list, but acknowledges one particular song has frequently been the subject of a request.
“There’s always a sign out in the crowd for ‘Dig for Fire,'” he says of the track, which has not been played on the reunion tour. “That would be a good challenge. We used to do that live but I don’t know how we did it. There’s a lot of overdubs on that one.”
Santiago and Pixies drummer David Lovering were in Austin, Texas, last week for the premiere of the Pixies documentary “loudQUIETloud.” “I was a nervous wreck and I kept calling my wife,” Santiago says with a laugh. “It was so out of character for me to even be down there. But in the end it was good closure for me.”
The artist says he’s blissfully unaware of the Pixies’ influence over modern-day rock acts, and is only ever made aware of soundalikes “if someone points it out to me. When we were recording that stuff, my main idea was, if it’s been done, you can’t really do it again. I had a deduction process and I think everybody else did too. Can’t do that, can’t do that, so you do something else. That’s probably why we still sound so original.”
With vocalist/guitarist Frank Black prepping for the June 20 release of the double album “Fastman/Raiderman,” Lovering pursuing his magic career and bassist Kim Deal working on demos for the next Breeders album, Santiago is busy scoring the Canadian documentary “Radiant City,” which is about planned housing.
“It’s not a very exciting topic, but it’s a big topic up there,” he chuckles. “I put the groove down first.”
Here are the Pixies’ tour dates:
July 14: Trencin, Slovakia (Pohoda)
July 15: St. Polten, Austria (Nuke)
July 16: Zagreb, Croatia (Salata)
July 19: Toulon, France (Voix de Gaou)
July 20: Lisbon (Atlantico)
July 21: Benicassim, Spain (Bennicasim Festival)
July 23: Carhaix, France (Les Veilles Charrues)