A Zorro-Like Character on a Toy Horse Rides Into Chaos at 7/11 in Pixies’ Absurdist New Video for “Vault of Heaven”

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On Sept. 30, long-running and prolific indie/rock band Pixies will return with Doggerel, the group’s eighth full-length album to date and the follow-up to 2019’s Beneath the Eyrie.

Here’s a song from the record titled “Vault of Heaven,” as premiered Tuesday with a music video that is probably one of the most original things you’ll see all day. Starring a mysterious stranger in a Zorro-like outfit riding a stuffed toy horse, he arrives at a 7/11 and meets up with Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe impersonators for some weirdness:

Said director Charles Derenne:

“When I first listened to the track, the idea that came to my mind was modern western rock sonorities.  It would have been too obvious to shoot a western, so we decided to use the irony of the lyrics and create some sort of psychedelic, outsider story using American icons but showing them in a different way.  Zorro leads the dance as the protagonist of the story.”

Here’s another preview of the album, the previously debuted “There’s a Moon On”:

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A press release details the album’s title with its dictionary definition of doggerel:

Definition of doggerel [daw-ger-uhl]: loosely styled and irregular in measure especially for burlesque or comic effect also: marked by triviality or inferiority – Merriam-Webster

More, per the news release:

Doggerel is a mature yet visceral record of gruesome folk, ballroom pop and brutal rock, haunted by the ghosts of affairs and indulgences, driven wild by cosmic forces and envisioning digital afterlives where no God has provided one. And all the while, right there on the news, another distant storm approaches.

Guitarist Joey Santiago says, “This time around we have grown. We no longer have under two-minute songs. We have little breaks, more conventional arrangements but still our twists in there.”

Vocalist/guitarist Black Francis adds, “We’re trying to do things that are very big and bold and orchestrated. The punky stuff, I really like playing it but you just cannot artificially create that shit. There’s another way to do this, there’s other things we can do with this extra special energy that we’re encountering.”

Pixies also have a short, intimate tour lined up for October in celebration of the album:

Oct. 1 SOMA, San Diego, CA
Oct. 2 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
Oct. 3 The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 5 Terminal 5, New York, NY

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