Black Francis on Kim Deal quitting Pixies: 'It was an awkward moment'

Singer discusses bassist's departure from band

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Pixies frontman Black Francis has opened up about the "awkward moment" when bassist Kim Deal quit the band.

The band parted ways with Deal earlier this year and then replaced her with Kim Shattuck, who has previously played with The Muffs and The Pandoras. In a new interview with a Rolling Stone, Francis revealed that Deal had informed the other members of the group while they had been recording new material in Wales.

"We were at a little coffee shop near the studio," he said. "Kim walked in at some point and said, 'I'm flying home tomorrow.' She quit the band. It was an awkward moment. We didn't hug or shake hands or anything. [Guitarist] Joey [Santiago] and I just stood up and said, 'OK.' Then we had to get out of there, so we immediately went to a bar. I had to move from coffee to alcohol."

Drummer Dave Lovering, meanwhile, added: "For three or four days, we were in mourning. But we didn't have time to keep doing that because we had this studio booked and lot of overdubs to record. We just rolled up our sleeves and said, 'We might as well finish this.'"

Pixies played their first UK gig with Shattuck at Camden's Roundhouse last month (September 25) as part of the iTunes Festival. The Boston band delivered a bumper 28-song set which included 'Andro Queen' and 'Indie Cindy', from their new EP, 'EP1', as well as classics such as 'Wave Of Mutilation' and an encore of 'Monkey Gone To Heaven' and 'Vamos'.

The band are set to play a slew of larger UK and Irish shows this November, with scheduled dates at Dublin's Olympia on November 18, Manchester Apollo on November 21, Glasgow's Barrowland on November 22 and London's Hammersmith Apollo on November 24 and 25.

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