Pixies at Castlefield Bowl. Photo by Nathan Whittaker / Manc Wanderer
REVIEWS FROM THEIR RECENT CASTLEFIELD BOWL AND HYDE PARK SHOWS:
“Dark pop that still soars and thrills.” – The Guardian
“It’s impossible not to understand why Pixies are so beloved, and how great they still are.” – Louder
“This non-stop relentless performance will have left many feeling like they’ve gone the distance in a boxing ring, but the smiles on old and young afterwards showed it was all worth it.” – Manchester Evening News
“Exceptional.” – When The Horn Blows
After a rapturously received headline show at Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl and a huge Hyde Park set at guests to Pearl Jam, Pixies now announce details of a special intimate, last minute show. The band are set to play Manchester’s Band on the Wall tomorrow night (July 19th) and tickets are now available HERE.
With a capacity of 500 people, Band on the Wall will be Pixies’ most intimate UK show since before they reunited in 2004. The venue is a historic Manchester institution and cultural hub, which reopened earlier this year after an ambitious expansion project.
Pixies’ recent shows have so far only included the recent single ‘There’s A Moon On’ from their upcoming album ‘Doggerel’, so the Band on the Wall show may well see them debut new material alongside all-time classics and fan favourites. Pixies are due on stage at 8pm, with no support. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Band on the Wall’s The World of Music learning programme.
Set to be released on September 30th, ‘Doggerel’ is a mature yet visceral record of gruesome folk, ballroom pop and brutal rock, haunted by the ghosts of affairs and indulgences, driven wild by cosmic forces and envisioning digital afterlives where no God has provided one. And all the while, right there on the news, another distant storm approaches.
A congregation between darkness and beauty consistently emerges throughout the record. There’s ‘Haunted House’, a spirited concoction of ‘50s-flavoured pop with ghosts both literal and metaphoric, as well as the brooding Morricone desert rock of ‘Vault of Heaven’, and a breezy folk-rock melody on ‘Pagan Man’. But Pixies still possesses a ferocious edge, one that feeds into the grinding intensity and surrealism of ‘Nomatterday’ and The Who-like power of ‘Dregs of the Wine’.
‘Doggerel’ is available to pre-order HERE. The band’s official store offers a selection of exclusive formats, merch designs and album bundles.
ABOUT BAND ON THE WALL
Band on the Wall has been at the very heart of Manchester culture for many years. A showcase venue for some of the best music in the world, we present an internationally-acclaimed programme of live music events, both in-house and externally at venues across the UK.
Following the completion of the £3.5 million expansion project, Band on the Wall reopened its doors this spring. The venue, with its 200 year history, has been transformed with the main room capacity extended to 500 and a whole floor dedicated to its innovative learning programme, World of Music.
Band on the Wall’s international outlook and reputation stems from its longstanding relationship with Manchester’s migrant communities. The building dates from 1803 and has been a hub for Manchester’s music scene and world-renowned cultural sector ever since. The name Band on the Wall comes from when the venue was known as The George and the Dragon pub, where performers would play on a stage situated halfway up the wall. As well as hosting award-winning gigs, Band on the Wall is a space where everyone can come to explore and create music of their own, regardless of experience.
World of Music is Band on the Wall’s exciting new learning programme, open to all. No matter what your musical experience is, there is a group or a class just for you. Band on the Wall believes that everyone, of all backgrounds and abilities should be able to enjoy and create music. It offers an accessible programme catering for young people who would like to experience live music for the first time, right through to opportunities for accomplished musicians to perfect their craft whilst networking with others.
The World of Music programme includes parent and baby music-making classes, several choirs including Golden Voices for the over 50s, a Saturday music club for young people of different age groups and abilities, and a jazz workshop for intermediate musicians.