Lovering: I don't know.
CNN: Having a female presence in the band has been an important part of the Pixies.
Thompson: It's a nice thing to have a yin and a yang in certain situations. It's always been a part of the way we present our music, and I think people like it. It puts a lot of things into perspective having both sexes represented on stage. It's just a totally different dynamic -- not only in terms of what the band is doing, but the way people receive it.
CNN: "Indie Cindy" is a song on the new EP. Is it an ode to the indie fans out there, or anxiety over whether they'll accept the new material?
Thompson: There's that little punk rock girl that's out there. She's very representative of a music fan, especially if you're a boy. If you're a guy, that punk rock girl is kind of like, "Aww, the little cute punk rock girl with all her make-up, and all her stuff on, going to the show." There's something about it that is very adorable. You fall in love with those people.
CNN: Charles, you and Joey went back to the old neighborhood and set up a recording studio in Joey's hotel in Massachusetts.
Thompson: In western Massachusetts, in the Northampton-Amherst area where Joey and I first met in college.
CNN: Was there some residual magic in the old neighborhood?
Thompson: Probably. It's probably not magic, but there are a lot of real things that affect life, whether it's a full moon, or whether it's what the air is like, or what the soil is like somewhere, what the people are like in a particular area. There are a lot of things that you kind of don't notice that probably actually have an effect.
It was by coincidence that we were there. We didn't plan it -- not consciously, anyway. The vocals for "Indie Cindy" are from Joey's hotel room there.
CNN: How's it working out with Kim Shattuck doing the live shows?
Thompson: Every musician brings their thing to the table. I personally like working with her. She has a really good work ethic. She likes to rock out, she likes to hit hard, she likes to play. I enjoy working with her because she has a good attitude.
CNN: If there's an "EP-1," does that mean there's also an "EP-2" and an "EP-3?"
Thompson: It's all one big album, you know.
CNN: Will you be spending another seven years on the road?
Santiago: You know, I don't want to sound corny, but it's up to Cindy.
Thompson: True. I mean, she's the greatest gatekeeper of all.