Kim Deal quits the Pixies, confirmed by band

Remaining band members say they are 'sad' the long-term bassist has decided to call it a day

Pixies bassist Kim Deal has quit the band.

The remaining members Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering have released a statement on their official Facebook page confirming that Deal is no longer part of the band. It reads: "We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the Pixies. We are very proud to have worked with her on and off over the last 25 years. Despite her decision to move on, we will always consider her a member of the Pixies, and her place will always be here for her. We wish her all the best."

Deal, who is currently touring the 20th anniversary re-release of her other band, The Breeders' landmark album 'Last Splash', is yet to comment on her departure. She joined the band right from their inception in 1986. Despite splitting in 1993, the Pixies reformed in 2004 and toured their 1989 album 'Doolittle' between 2009 and 2011 with Deal. The band have not toured since. She recently collaborated with The National on their 'Long Count' project with her sister Kelley Deal.

Meanwhile, frontman Frank Black recently revealed details of his latest project; a supergroup named Thriftstore Masterpiece. Thriftstore Masterpiece are described as "an all-star music collective devoted to paying homage to the underdog records of years past". Joining Black in the collective are Pete Yorn, Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse, Courtney Taylor-Taylor of Dandy Warhols and Art Brut frontman Eddie Argos, The group will release its first album, a revival of Lee Hazlewood’s 1963 debut 'Trouble Is A Lonesome Town', on July 8.

Pixies have released four albums during their career. The last LP they released was 1991 album 'Trompe le Monde' and the last single they brought out was 'Bam Thwok' in 2004. A new book, 'Pixies: A Visual History', is currently in the works after a successful Kickstarter project.

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