Pixies Release “Dregs of the Wine”

Pixies Release "Dregs of the Wine"
Pixies Release "Dregs of the Wine"

Pixies have shared “Dregs of the Wine,” a first writing credit for guitarist Joey Santiago, and off the legendary indie rock band’s forthcoming album Doggerel, available September 30, 2022. “Dregs of the Wine” emerges after Pixies have spent the summer headlining large outdoor shows in the UK and Europe, hitting Hyde Parkas special guests to Pearl Jam, and playing a tiny Manchester show at Band On the Wall.

Given Black Francis’ prolific songwriting, Joey’s contributions would usually be to build his distinctive style into his bandmate’s songs. But this time around it was the reverse approach, with Joey’s instrumental – a mix of explosive power chords that recall Pete Townshend and a pummelling punk attack – completed by Black’s decadent, surrealist lyrics, which reference Van Halen and Black Foxx while drinking under the iconic Hollywood sign.

Black says the song is about, “Living in Los Angeles in the ‘90s with my then-wife, hanging out with Joey and his ex-wife, lots of trips to Las Vegas, a lot of drinking, little bit drug taking, some genuine good times.”

Flashforward to the present day. Joey was jamming at home on his guitar and the initial idea behind the song may well have been lost to the moment. He recalls, “I guess I was in kind of a zombie state, just playing. After I stopped playing I put it down and went, ‘Well, that was a fucking waste of time, what a piece of shit I am.’ I beat myself up a lot, but my girlfriend, unbeknownst to me, was recording me. She played it back to me and I go, ‘Fuck! Hold on a second here! This stuff is good!’”

Having just headlined the End of the Road Festival, Pixies’ remaining 2022 live shows include shows in North America, South America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Please see their website for a full list of all international dates.

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