Pixies say it was 'impossible' to replace Kim Deal

But drummer David Lovering states the band's newest bass player is 'wonderful'

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Pixies have spoken further about the ongoing line-up changes in the band, saying it was 'impossible' to replace former bass player Kim Deal.

Drummer David Lovering made the comments in a new interview with Brooklyn Vegan. "When we were in the lurch when Kim Deal left it was a tough decision," said Lovering. "Basically, no-one can replace Kim Deal. It would be impossible to do."

Deal was first replaced by Kim Shattuck, who went on to express "shock" at being fired from the band at the end of last year. Shattuck's replacement is Paz Lenchantin, who has previously played with Zwan and A Perfect Circle.

Speaking about Lenchantin, Lovering called the musician "just wonderful", adding: "She's gonna take over for the next portion of it. It's just what we've been doing and hopefully it'll be good." Lovering said that they'd always look for a female musician when it came to hiring a bass player for the band.

"We definitely want someone who can just be a personality, I think, and especially on the feminine side. Just the same formula that we've used. I think if we had a guy up there, it wouldn't be the same," he explained. "We couldn't pull off the Pixies thing. It'd be a little too masculine. The feminine side gives it that Yin and Yang. Like I said, no-one will be able to replace Kim Deal. It's impossible, but we're doing the best we can with it."

Pixies recently released a limited edition EP. The band have made 'EP2' available to fans via a limited edition 10-inch vinyl. The EP features 'Blue Eyed Hexe' alongside new songs 'Magdalena', 'Greens and Blues' and 'Snakes'. The vinyl release is limited to 4,000 copies and comes complete with a lossless audio download plus a black patch-stitched hoodie. Alternatively, fans can simply download the EP for £4 via Pixies' website. 'EP2' is Pixies second EP in the past 12 months, following the release of 'EP1' in September.

Lenchantin will perform with Pixies when the band headline Field Day in London later this year. To check the availability of Field Day tickets and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.

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