by J.D. Reager
Recently re-united Boston, MA alternative/indie-rock icons The Pixies will perform at The Orpheum Theatre this Monday, November 14 as part of the band's "Lost Cities" tour.
I've already done a feature on The Pixies for this week's paper, but drummer David Lovering and lead guitarist Joey Santiago had much more to say during my interviews with them than I could fit in my story. Here are a few select outtakes:
On the band's purportedly rocky personal relationships:
Lovering: Stuff has definitely been set aside. We're older and wiser now, and want to be comfortable with each other on the road and will do whatever it takes to achieve that. We have much more communication than we used to. We're actually the most boring band in the world now. There is no drama, nothing much ever happens.
Santiago: Sometimes it rears its ugly head, especially at the beginning of a tour. We're mellowed out now, but every once in a while someone has a bad day or a bad week.
On re-learning The Pixies' material:
Lovering: I had given up the drums for almost 12 years. It just wasn't doing anything for me. But it was like riding a bike. My only issue was stamina - being older, it was tough to get back.
Santiago: It wasn't really challenging for me. Getting the tones - on the guitar, what pedals and amp settings to use, etc. - was the hardest part. The parts came easily. There was a lot of muscle memory for me.
On the influence of The Pixies:
Lovering: It's a little weird. A lot of bands that said they were influenced by us got big. We were always critically acclaimed, but not big in terms of sales or numbers.
Santiago: I'm under the impression that every band is influenced by someone. We definitely were. I think all inspiration is out there for the taking.
On watching documentary loudQUIETloud, which covers the band's somewhat tense first re-union tour in 2004:
Lovering: When I first saw the initial cut, I sunk in my seat. All of those things that they show in the film really happened, but the timeline wasn't right. The filmmakers edited it to make it looks like a drama. But in the end, I gave my blessing and I'm happy with it.
Santiago: I've only watched it one and a half times - I couldn't finish it the second time. I think it portrayed the tour and the way we were with each other pretty accurately. I do feel bad for David, maybe I threw him under the bus a little. He was going through a really tough time. His father was dying, and I knew that. That part got blown up in the documentary. I really felt for the guy afterwards.
On the development of Santiago's unique guitar-playing style:
Santiago: When I was going to orientation at U-Mass, I met this dude who was going after his second doctorate in music. I just bumped into him and showed him this line I'd written out on graph paper. He told me it was an interesting line, that he'd never thought of approaching it that way. That's how it started. I like jotting down chords and figures, pre-writing and seeing how it sounds later. A lot of my parts on Bossanova were never even played until I went in the studio to record. Gil (Norton, producer) would just go, "are you ready?" And I'd yell back "we'll see."