Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago says the band's signature loud/quiet/loud sound was inspired by Beethoven and the Star Wars theme tune.
Pixies nicked signature sound from Star Wars
Santiago credits sci-fi classic and Beethoven for their classic loud/quiet/loud dynamic
The Boston rock icons are often credited with creating the dynamic sound that inspired Nirvana and countless other acts.
But Santiago says they didn't invent it – they simply adapted it from other sources.
He tells Skindie: "I don't know, that thing... we took it from Beethoven. And the Star Wars theme. That's loud/quiet/loud right there."
Drummer Dave Lovering adds that he only realised how much of an influence Pixies wielded when they reformed in 2004 after a 10-year hiatus.
He says: "At Coachella in 2004 that was the first time the realisation for me, when we went out and played there was a sea of kids who weren't even born when we were a band. And yet they would sing along to every word. It was quite a surreal experience.
"There are still 15 and 16-year-old kids coming to shows. We're a very fortunate band."
Pixies released Indie Cindy in April – their first album in more than 20 years.