New Frank Black Album Ready For March Release

Less than a year after unveiling his latest musical project, former Pixies frontman Frank Black is poised to release yet another new album this spring.

Frank Black and the Catholics will once again team up with SpinArt Records to release their second album, "Pistolero," on March 23. Black struck a deal with the label after shopping the Catholics' self-titled debut around to some 20 different record labels, and failed to interest any of them.

Black recorded his first effort with the Catholics in just three days on two-tracks, and that unpolished sound did little to excite record labels. It did however excite critics, with "Rolling Stone" hailing the album as "a proud, raw rock & roll statement" and "Spin" calling it "raw, unyieldingly tuneful, still paranoid, and a bit more subdued."

"Pistolero" sees Black return to that two-track method, albeit with a few minor adjustments. In a press release trumpeting the album, Black says the lures of multi-track recording

pale compared to two-track, which allows him to "just play the song the way it was meant to be played and heard."

Fans marveling at the quick turnaround time between "Frank Black and the Catholics," which was released in September of last year, and "Pistolero" should remember that "Catholics" was actually finished in March of 1997.

Black is currently on the road playing a string of date sin the southeastern U.S., and is expected to return to the road near the time of the album's release.

Here's where you can see him before that:

  • 1/25 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
  • 1/27 - Birmingham, AL @ Nick
  • 1/28 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre
  • 1/29 - Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry's
  • 1/30 - Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's
  • 2/1 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
  • 2/2 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's Barbeque