The Pixies are a very influential band in the world of indie rock. The band's primary songwriter and vocalist Black Francis, and lead guitarist Joey Santiago both attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where the began playing music together. Bassist Kim Deal (who left the band a few years ago) joined them in early 1986, and the band Pixies was formed. Even though the group has been around for 30 years, Head Carrier is only their sixth studio album. That's due to periods of hiatus and actual breakup, plus the other projects Black Francis and the other band members have participated in over the years. The new record comes two years after the group's previous release, and Pixies seem determined to celebrate their standing in the indie rock world as they continue to move ahead.