Vater Welcomes Pixies Drummer David Lovering to the Artist Family.
David Lovering is an American musician and magician. He is best known as the drummer for the alternative rock band Pixies, which he joined in 1986. After the band’s breakup in 1993, Lovering drummed with several other acts, including The Martinis, Cracker, Nitzer Ebb and Tanya Donelly. He also pursued a magic career as The Scientific Phenomenalist; performing scientific and physics-based experiments on stage.
As a drummer Lovering was inspired by bands from a variety of genres, including Rush and Steely Dan. Author Ben Sisario described him as the “great unacknowledged anchor” of the Pixies, and stated that his unique influences gave “a precision and versatility essential to following Black Francis’s songwriting quirks”.
"The Pixies have had such a major influence on many of today's top alternative rock bands." said Chad Brandolini (Vater's Director of Artist Relations). "David Lovering has been using the Vater 5A's for years now, so we're very excited to officially welcome him into the Vater Family!"
A few words from his peers:
"From the first time I heard the opening drums on the Pixies 'Bone Machine' I became a fan of David Lovering. His style is unique and musical. I've logged a lot of hours listening to his drumming on those Pixies records and have always found his parts and approach to drumming fresh and exciting." -Josh Freese (Devo/A Perfect Circle/Weezer)
"No one else sounds like David Lovering. He has his own "thing," and it's genius. I just saw the Pixies at the Ryman in Nashville recently and it was as powerful and as fresh as ever. I'm proud to be in the Vater family with him." -Fred Eltringham (KD Lang)
"No Pixies, No Boston Rock. No David Lovering, No Pixies...No Boston Rock. Dave Lovering is a Great Drummer!" -Mike Levesque (Seven Mary Three/Independent)
"David Lovering is one of rocks most underrated drummers. His drumming screams precision and taste."-Jose Medeles (The Breeders/1939 Ensemble)
About the Pixies:
The Pixies formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. The group consists of Black Francis (vocals, rhythm guitar), Joey Santiago (lead guitar), Kim Deal (bass, vocals), and David Lovering (drums). While the Pixies found only modest success in their home country, they were significantly more successful in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe, although never achieving prolonged mainstream success with their studio albums. The group disbanded in 1993 in acrimonious circumstances but reunited in 2004.
The group has been described as a big influence on the alternative rock boom of the 1990s, though they disbanded before reaping any of the benefits this might have brought them. Avowed fan Kurt Cobain's acknowledgement of the debt his band Nirvana owed to the Pixies, along with similar tributes by other alternative bands, helped the Pixies' legacy and popularity grow in the years following their break-up, leading to sold-out tours following their reunion in 2004.
In the 11 years following the break-up, rumors sometimes circulated regarding a reunion. Though Frank Black steadfastly dismissed them, he did begin to incorporate an increasing number of Pixies songs in his sets with The Catholics, and occasionally included Santiago in his solo work and Lovering's magic show as an opening act to concerts.
In 2003, a series of phone calls between band members resulted in some low-key rehearsals, and soon to a decision to reunite. By February 2004, a full tour was announced, and tickets for nearly all the initial tour dates sold out within minutes. The band's four night run at London's Brixton Academy was the fastest selling in the venue's 20 year history.
The Pixies played their first reunion concert on April 13, 2004 at The Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a warmup tour through the U.S. and Canada was followed by an appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The band then spent much of 2004 touring throughout Brazil, Europe, Japan, and the U.S. The 2004 reunion tour reportedly grossed over $14 million in ticket sales.
In June 2004, the band released a new single, "Bam Thwok" exclusively on the iTunes Music Store. The song reached number one in the UK Official Download Chart. 4AD released Wave of Mutilation: The Best of Pixies, along with a companion DVD, entitled Pixies. The band also contributed a rendition of "Ain't That Pretty At All" to the Warren Zevon tribute album Enjoy Every Sandwich. The band continued to make appearances through 2006 and 2007, culminating in their first-ever appearances in Australia.
In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Doolittle, the Pixies launched a tour in October 2009, in which all the album's songs and B-sides would be played. The tour began in Europe, continued in the United States in November, with Australia, New Zealand, and more European dates in spring 2010, and back to North America in autumn 2010 and into spring 2011.
The Pixies Live:
Here Comes Your ManWhere is My MindDebaserWave of Mutilation
loudQUIETloud: A FILM ABOUT THE PIXIES - Official Trailer