I was listening to "Hey" by Pixies, and I noticed that the style was quite similar to that of Rites of Spring ("For Want Of" came to mind specifically). Both bands were active around the same time, and I was wondering if Pixies may have drawn inspiration from Rites of Spring. Does anyone know?
I do not think so, for several reasons:
1) Rites of Spring songs are usually typical emo/posthardcore songs, I do not see musical similarity to Hey,
2) I doubt Frank Black was familiar with this record. At least I've never came across such an information. Pixies influences are rather well known by now (I recommend reading Doolittle by Ben Sisario).
3) Pixies very rarely used someone else's music as a template. Not because they rejected the idea but simply because they were not very good at it (at least according to Frank Black and Joey Santiago). However, there are examples of such songs, like Is She Weird is "The Cars song".
4) Pixies members did not seem to be very interested in niche bands or spent much time looking for this kind of music. Their favorite bands are mostly well known acts like Velvet Underground, AC/DC, Beatles, Husker Du, Violent Femmes, The Cars, etc.