Only a week after Kim Shattuck was asked to depart from the Pixies, the bassist/Muffs guitarist is opening up about her experiences with the legendary alt-rock group in an interview with the NME. Among other things, Shattuck revealed that the Pixies still haven’t figured out a non-awkward way to fire someone from the band.
In the interview, Shattuck said that her departure from the Pixies came as a shock, given that she had verbally agreed to tour with the band through 2014. “I was surprised,” Shattuck said. “Everything had gone well, the reviews were all good and the fans were super nice about everything. They were like, ‘We love you, New Kim!'” Shattuck says that she got the news that she was out of the group from her manager in a situation that echoed the band’s initial breakup in 1994, when singer Black Francis fired the rest of the band via fax.
When asked about why she was fired, Shattuck says that her lively stage presence may have rubbed the band the wrong way. “I get the feeling that they’re more introverted people than I am,” she said. She described an incident at a show at the Mayan in Los Angeles where she was scolded by the band’s manager for jumping into the crowd: “When I got offstage, the manager told me not to do that again. I said, ‘Really? For my own safety?’ And he said, ‘No, because the Pixies don’t do that.'”
For her part, Shattuck holds no hard feelings towards the band. “I would have preferred if they told me face to face, but they’re really nice guys,” she said while adding that she’s still a Pixies fan.
The Pixies will be on tour (with new bassist Paz Lenchatin) for most of 2014. Shattuck’s band The Muffs are also planning an album and tour for next year.