Frank Black Kicks Off U.S. Tour, Talks About Hitting The Net

Frank Black, the reluctant pioneer who back in the late 80's reshaped the future of guitar rock with the Pixies and took bold steps in online music distribution with the release of his latest effort, kicked off a U.S. tour Monday night in Massachusetts.

Black is out in support of his new album, "Frank Black and the Catholics," which hit stores courtesy of SpinArt Records, but also got some play on the Internet. As we reported earlier this year (see "Frank Black To Premiere 'Catholic' Songs, Album On Web"), Black made cuts from the album available at as MP3 files.

While much was made of the fact that Black's songs, and eventually the entire album, could be purchased and downloaded on the Net, Black says he doesn't consider himself a trailblazer.

"I just feel like there are people, I mean I've met them, who are completely consumed by computers and

are so excited by various things you can do with them, or potentially can do with them in the near future that I just feel like how could I ever be considered a pioneer in anything to do with computers," Black recently told MTV News of his online venture and the press that has followed it.

"I'm still kind of scratching my head and going, 'Huh.' This is just a little side footnote thing. It's not that big of a deal. Maybe I'm wrong, I don't know."

The guitarist/vocalist/songwriter is quick to point out that while he downplays the notion that he is breaking new ground, he doesn't discount the move itself. It's just that, as with most things involving Black, he'd really rather that you not make a fuss over it.

computers, and I like computer technology. My doing the deal with GoodNoise is not the equivalent of an announcement to the effect of, 'I'm going into cyberspace, everybody! This is it! I'm going into the next realm! This is the only way I'm going to present my art!'"

Indeed, Black's art can be found in record stores now, and can also be caught on the road at the following stops:

  • 9/30 - New York City @ Tramps
  • 10/2 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Graffiti
  • 10/3 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
  • 10/4 - Chicago, IL @ the Metro
  • 10/5 - La Crosse, WI @ Warehouse
  • 10/6 - Minneapolis, MN @ Ground Zero
  • 10/8 - Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
  • 10/9 - Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
  • 10/10 - Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom
  • 10/11 - Dallas, TX @ The Galaxy
  • 10/12 - Austin, TX @ Stubbs
  • 10/14 - El Paso, TX @ Club 101
  • 10/15 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress