Kim Shattuck talks Pixies exit: “I’m still a fan”
She says the band made a collective decision to go with another bass playerRead more on Pixies Listen to Pixies on Spotify
Kim Shattuck has opened up about her departure from the revolving door that is Pixies. The bass player says that the decision came as a shock to her, but praised the band and their music.
Kim joined the band this year after the departure of long-term member Kim Deal in 2012. Just months after she was confirmed, she was told that Pixies had decided to go with another bass player instead.
Kim told NME that the decision had been passed onto her by management rather than the band: "I would have preferred it if they told me face to face as a group, but they're nice people. I'm still a fan of the Pixies!"
She admitted that the news was shocking to her after positive feedback: "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!'"
"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.
"I get the feeling they're more introverted people than I am. Nobody really talked about deep issues, at least out loud. 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.'"
Paz Lenchantin replaced Kim Shattuck and is expected to join them for their live dates in 2014. The band have admitted that they like the thrill of working with new bass players.
"We are really looking forward to playing with her on these dates," drummer Dave Lovering said in a statement.
"Working with different bass players is very new for the band, but we're having a great time doing it."