What would the world be like without Pixies in it? Quieter and certainly not filled with as many inspired musicians as it is, Kurt Cobain and our very own Tim Wheeler to name a couple
The band formed in Boston in 1986 and it didn't take them long to find massive success in the UK, thanks in no small part to the visionary Ivo Watts-Russell, founder of 4AD records. Their first release, Come On Pilgrim, was a truly breathtaking set of songs and the blistering pace, sci-fi lyrics and perfect modern day pop songs carried the band through all five of their full albums until their acrimonious break up in 1993
Everyone was delighted to realise that absolutely nothing had changed when the band reunited in 2004. They have been touring ever since to continually sold out shows and adoring audiences.
Joining Tim in this celebration of Pixies are Emmy The Great, The Crookes, And So I Watch You From Afar and Ma.Mentor. Between them they will be performing a complete set of Tim's selection of his favourite tracks. It's going to be a loud and ferocious night and don't worry, Where Is My Mind will be in there somewhere...
Tim: "I've chosen to cover Pixies for The JD Set for a few reasons. The first being that they're one of my favourite bands of all time and had a especially big influence during the years when we were starting Ash. My introduction to alternative rock happened when I was 13, some kids older than us played a school concert of Stooges, Mudhoney and Pixies songs. I remember sitting in a friends car a couple of weeks later, simultaneously baffled and excited, listening to "Bone Machine" at the start of "Surfer Rosa". The weirdness, coolness, backwards drum beats, discordant guitar notes, tortured lead vocals, sweet female backing vocals. Surreal biblical and sexual lyrics. So many strange and interesting elements, it was like nothing I'd heard before and opened up a whole new world to me.
They were a massive influence on my songwriting and the Ash sound. I became obsessed with the 'Trompe Le Monde' album when I was 16, the sci-fi lyrics kickstarted my own sci-fi phase when I wrote songs like 'Girl From Mars' and 'Angel interceptor'.
They have a mighty and diverse catalogue to choose from, their songs are so much fun to play and they've influenced so many bands since. It's going to be great reworking these songs with Emmy The Great, And So I Watch You From Afar, The Crookes and Ma. Mentor at the JD Set this year.
The JD Set will take place at XOYO, London on 24th March 2011. Register for tickets.