The Pixies' victory lap continues widening almost a full two decades
after the band last put out a new album. After originating in Boston in
the late '80s and creating a hook-filled rock boilerplate inspiring
everyone from Nirvana to Surfer Blood, internal tensions tore them
apart. Now, the core of frontman Black Francis, bassist Kim Deal,
guitarist Joey Santiago, and drummer Dave Lovering is whole, and a
never-ending tour commemorating the 20th anniversary of beloved
Doolittle album continues two years after the milestone was reached.
"This is probably the biggest production that we've done," says
Santiago. The current leg of the tour -- dubbed "Lost Cities" because it
hits locales the Pixies have never played -- arrives at the Orlando
Calling Festival on Saturday. New Times caught up with Santiago at home
just before the tour began.