Six years since their last Australian tour, the Pixies — one of the most influential and important bands of the last 30 years — have announced their return to Oz.

Last in the country for Splendour in the Grass (and their accompanying Doolittle anniversary tour) in 2010, Pixies will kick off their 2017 Australian tour at Brisbane’s Riverstage in March.

Touring the east coast in celebration of their forthcoming album, Head Carrier, the band will feature vocalist and guitarist Black Francis, drummer David Lovering and guitarist Joey Santiago, alongside bassist Pez Lenchatin, a new addition to the Pixies’ permanent line-up (original bassist Kim Deal left the group in 2013).

“Paz is a joy to be around,” says Lovering. “She’s very funny, and we’re having more fun than we’ve ever had as a band. We all have a blast together, on and off stage.”

The Boston band first got together 30 years ago, and went on to release classic alt-rock albums like Surfer Rosa, Doolittle and Bossanova, influencing and inspiring the likes of Nirvana and Radiohead in the process.

The group broke up in 1993, at the peak of their powers, before reuniting in 2004 and eventually releasing a new LP, Indie Cindy, in 2014.

Pixies will play Brisbane Riverstage on Thursday 2 March. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday 2 September, following a Telstra Thanks pre-sale from 11am on Tuesday 30 August to 11am on Thursday 1 September.

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