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05 July 2011

Black Francis and Reid Paley Collaborate on Debut Album

By Nancy Woo

Black Francis, iconic frontman of the 80s alternative band Pixies, who has been recording solo material for years, announces that he will be releasing an album with Reid Paley this September. Reid Paley, former lead singer for the post-punk blues-band-from-hell The Five, has also been recording solo material in the past decade, and the union of the two will be something to look forward to. On September 13th the album entitled Paley & Francis will be released on Sonic Unyon Records in North America.

In their own words:

"This album was recorded in two relatively short days this past September 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. All first takes.

We wrote the music for the songs in Paley’s apartment in Brooklyn over three afternoons when Francis was in New York for a three day run at Joe's Pub. After which we each took half of the songs to finish off with lyrics, and Francis went off to meet what he sometimes likes to call “the old band” for another tour.

A few days later, we were recording at Jon Tiven’s studio in Nashville. We each sang lead on the songs we wrote lyrics for and sang backup on the others. We worked fast. Francis had Pixies shows each evening, so we had a curfew. Paley recalls finishing the lyrics to one tune literally a minute before cutting the vocal. The two of us on guitars, with legendary Muscle Shoals players David Hood on bass and Spooner Oldham on piano. Damn, those guys are good.

Hope you dig the vibe."

Paley & Francis

Spring 2011
Brooklyn, NY and The Pacific Northwest

Paley & Francis Track Listing
01 Curse
02 On The Corner
03 Magic Cup
04 Ugly Life
05 Seal
06 The Last Song
07 Cresent Moon
08 Deconstructed
09 Praise
10 Happy Shoes

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