Pixies Frontman Returns With Solo Project
Pictured at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood are (L-R) Black Francis, producer/artist; Todd O’Keefe, bass; Dave Phillips, guitar; David Henderson, drums; Wesley Seidman, engineer; Jonathan Sterling, 2nd engineer. Photo by David Goggin.
Black Francis, founder of the Pixies, has completed tracks at Ocean Way Recording for his forthcoming solo album. Joining Francis in famed Studio B were Todd O’Keefe on bass Dave Phillips on guitar, and David Henderson on drums. The new album follows “Bluefinger” (2007) and “SV N F NG RS” (2008).
Black Francis is best known as the frontman of the prominent alternative rock band Pixies. Following the band’s breakup in 1993, he embarked on a solo career under the name Frank Black. After releasing two albums, he left the label and formed Frank Black and the Catholics. He reformed
the Pixies in 2004, and continues to release solo records and tour as a solo artist, having re-adopted his current stage name in 2007.
As frontman of the Pixies, his songs (such as “Where Is My Mind?” and “Debaser”) received praise and citations from contemporaries, including Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain. Cobain once said that “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was his attempt at trying to “rip off the Pixies.”
The new, as yet untitled, Black Francis album is slated for release on the Cooking Vinyl label.