Pixies say they wouldn’t have split up if they’d had a holiday

Black Francis says ‘The older people around us’ should have kept the band together

Pixies singer Black Francis says the band could have stayed together if they’d had chance to take some time off.

Before reuniting in 2004, Pixies split in 1993. Francis admits he has sympathies for bassist Kim Deal, who felt pushed out of contributing songs to the band despite writing their hit ‘Gigantic’.

Referring to Deal’s other band The Breeders, Francis told Q: “Kim and I just didn’t get along well after a time. She always had her own ambitions and became comfortable in a leadership role in her other band. It must have been hard for her to be in a band where some other guy was always pulling at the reins. We would have survived if we could have just stopped the train and taken a fucking vacation. The people around us who were older should have seen that.”

After intermittent tours when they reformed, Deal left to focus on The Breeders in 2013, during the recording of Pixies’ first reunion album ‘Indie Cindy’. Francis said: “’Indie Cindy’ was transitional at best. It was the most honest move we could make, like ‘We lost an arm, but here we are, still trying to do it.’”

Pixies release new album ‘Head Carrier’ on September 30 and tour from November, while The Breeders are recording a new album for which Courtney Barnett has contributed backing vocals.

Pixies will play:
Brixton O2 Academy (November 28-29, December 6)
Leeds Academy (30)
Glasgow Barrowland (December 2)
Newcastle Academy (3)
Manchester Apollo (4)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (7)
Birmingham Academy (8)