Former Pixies Bassist Speaks Out About Her Dismissal

Kim Shattuck has spoken out for the first time about her sudden departure from Pixies, revealing to NME she was told of her dismissal over the phone by the band’s manager.

“I was surprised. Everything had gone well, the reviews were all good and the fans were super-nice about everything. They were like, ‘We love you, New Kim!’,” Shattuck said. “We said goodbye at the airport and the following morning the manager called me and said: ‘The band has made the decision to go with another bass player.’ I was shocked.”

Shattuck began her stint with Pixies in July this year when founding bassist Kim Deal decided to walk away from the band during a recording session for their first batch of new songs since 1991′s Trompe le Monde. It was recently announced former Zwan and A Perfect Circle member Paz Lenchantin will step up to fill the space left by the two Kims and join the band on their next round of tour dates.

The Muffs frontwoman Shattuck speculated that her split from the band might have come down to a clash of personalities. “I get the feeling they’re more introverted people than I am. Nobody really talked about deep issues, at least out loud,” she candidly revealed.

“There was a show at the Mayan in Los Angeles where I got overly enthusiastic and jumped into the crowd, and I know they weren’t thrilled about that. When I got offstage the manager told me not to do that again. I said, ‘Really, for my own safety?’ And he said, ‘No, because the Pixies don’t do that.'”

Shattuck was quick to underline she holds no animosity towards the Pixies, but says she wishes things were handled better. “I would have preferred it if they told me face to face as a group, but they’re nice people,” she said. “I’m still a fan of the Pixies!”

The Pixies are scheduled to kick off their North American tour in Toronto on January 15th and will then hit the festival circuit in South America and Europe.

(via NME)

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