Black Francis on Kim Deal’s Pixies exit: ‘There’s never been any punch-ups’

Frontman denies any ill feeling in the band and praises new bass player Kim Shattuck

Pixies frontman Black Francis has described the band’s split with bassist Kim Deal as “perfectly amicable”, insisting: “There’s never been any punch-ups.”

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 The Times, Francis stressed that there was no ill feeling in the band around the time of Deal’s departure and praised Shattuck’s “innocence” as a new energy in the group.

“There’s never really been a lot of drama in this band,” Francis said. “We’ve traditionally got along much better than people think. There’s never been any punch-ups.” Asked how Shattuck is fitting in, Francis replied: “She’s really happy to be here. She’s been doing music for as long as we have, maybe a bit longer. She’s committed to the lifestyle. And she’s excited.”

Pixies played their first UK gig with Shattuck at Camden’s Roundhouse on Wednesday night (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’.

Pixies will play the 1,500-capacity Brixton Electric tonight (September 27) as a warm-up for several larger UK shows this November. The band will then perform 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.