New York, NY (June 15, 2004)–The Pixies have written and recorded a brand new song, the band’s first in 13 years, and it was made available Monday, June 14, at midnight exclusively on Apple’s iTunes Music Store. “Bam Thwok” was penned by Kim Deal and produced and recorded by the Pixies at Stagg Street Studios in Los Angeles this past March. The 2:35 “Bam Thwok,” with Deal singing lead, can be downloaded from the iTunes Music Store for .99 cents.
The Pixies–Deal (bass, vocals), Frank Black (vocals, guitar), Joey Santiago (guitar), David Lovering (drums)–arranged and rehearsed the song at Santiago’s home studio, which includes a 15-second carousel-esque organ solo performed and recorded many years ago by Santiago’s father-in-law while he was doing missionary work in the Philippines.
As the Pixies are not currently affiliated with a record label, they had the luxury of making their first new song available to fans around the globe at a low price and instantaneously, something that iTunes could easily provide. The Pixies plan to perform “Bam Thwok” at concerts on their current European and upcoming North American tour dates.