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Here Comes Our Man: David Lovering talks about the Doolittle tour & The Pixies’ past, present & future

17 Sep

Note: This piece is by Richard Carter, an old friend of mine who has probably been writing longer than I’ve been alive and he played a major role in the development of my musical tastes. He’s been a fan of music since vinyl was the thing. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he grew up primarily in Wichita Falls, Texas (my hometown) and has also lived in Paris, France, Olympia, Washington and Dallas, Texas. He is a free-lance photographer and writer and has served as the art editor for the Wichita Falls Literature and Art Review since 2008. Oh, and he managed to score an interview with a member of one of the greatest bands in rock ‘n’ roll history.–Jess

By Richard Carter

From 1986 to 1993, the Pixies recorded five albums, which made a significant impact on a small group of critics and devoted fans. Their audience has since grown significantly.
Following some up and down solo projects, the four members reformed in 2004 for a tour. They continued to play whenever the mood appeared to hit them.
Last Fall, the band reformed for a tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their third album, “Doolittle.” The tour’s success led them to extend it much longer and farther than originally planned.

I had the opportunity recently to do a phone interview with the Pixies drummer, David Lovering, about the past, present and future of this remarkable band.

Wow, this has been quite some tour.

We’re quite surprised it’s gone so long. The band has been together longer now (since we reformed in 2004) than our original run back in the ‘80s.

Has your approach to performing the tunes off the album changed since you recorded it?

Nothing has changed. Every time we get back together, we are always still trying to iron things out that we are not playing right. It’s all been good. I think we are playing better than we have been and thank God for Youtube because that’s only thing that helped me get my drum parts together.

Has your appreciation of Doolittle changed over the years?

I don’t think my appreciation of the music has changed (since it came out). When we did ‘Doolittle,’ I remember recording it, I remember the whole atmosphere and I loved it. I thought it was a great album and still to this day, I think it still stands up and I have the same pride in it and it hasn’t diminished. I am still loving it.

You have a few more fans now than 20 years ago, yes?

Back then we were very critically acclaimed, and we had all the music magazines. Everyone loved us in terms of the critics and stuff like that. But we were not that big with fans. When 2004 hit, we couldn’t believe how much things had grown and people who weren’t even born when the albums came out were now huge fans. Every time we go out and play I am very appreciative.

Has the “Minotaur” box set helped refocus attention on the band?

I think the box set got some press, and it sold pretty well. It was like a tombstone, and in fact I will be using that as my tombstone when I die. It’s so big.

The albums on “Minotaur” were not remastered. Will the catalog CDs ever get the treatment?

I think we have a choice in remastering our albums, but I don’t think we are going to do it. I think it’s been done so many times with greatest hits and in compilations, I think as far as remastering, let’s leave it as it is.

What happens to the band after the tour ends in 2010?

We are touring til the end of October, and then we have nothing on the plate after that. We’ve been talking, I’m going to say, for the last two years about doing a new album and nothing is planned. Nothing is planned.
It’s an open slate but the talk has gotten better. So if anything happens, I would say the year 2011 is when it would. I can’t say. I just know it’s in talks right now.

What’s the dynamic like onstage?

I know I shouldn’t be trying to have fun, but I do have fun and I try to make it fun for everyone else. We’re having a blast. The Pixies are the four of us. I don’t think the Pixies are anything but the four of us. I think each of us contributes something, and our playing right now I think is better than it’s ever been as far as being onstage and playing. I think were doing a great job to show the Doolittle album.

Will the band tour for any other previous albums?

I think it was apropos to do Doolittle. It had been 20 years, and it was one of the band’s favorite albums. It was perfect. We have been joking on the road that we are going to go back and do Surfer Rosa, which is fine but when we joke about doing Bossa Nova or Trompe le Monde I kind of grimace because Doolittle is a cakewalk for me as far as drumming. It’s nice and easy and I’m not agonizing, but if we do Trompe le Monde I am going to go “ahhh ahhhha”. But, if it happens, it happens.

What was it like getting back together after being apart for so long?

It was very straightforward getting back together. When we got back together in 2004, it was like a day hadn’t gone by for all of us. That first show was like riding a bike. Everything was just easy and it all came back so easily.

On Sunday, Sept 19, The Pixies will play the complete “Doolittle album,” B-sides from the album’s recording sessions and an encore of favorite songs at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie. The band goes on at 8:30 p.m.