Kim Shattuck has revealed that she is unhappy with the manner in which Pixies sacked her.
The personal dynamic within Pixies has always been - on the surface, at least - a little strange. 2002's 'Gouge' documentary, for example, paints the band in a fairly dim light, unable to communicate directly with one another.
It seems that this reputation may still have some justification. Kim Shattuck recently departed the reformed grunge outfit, with Pixies insisting that all remained amicable.
However this appears to be a slight bending of the truth. Speaking to the NME, Kim Shattuck explained that her departure was - at the very best - a little strange...
"I was surprised. 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!” We said goodbye at the airport, and the following morning, the manager called me and said: “The band has made the decision to go with another bass player.” I was shocked… I get the feeling they’re more introverted people than I am. Nobody really talked about deep issues, at least out loud. There was a show at the Mayan in Los Angeles where I got overly enthusiastic and jumped into the crowd, and I know they weren’t thrilled about that. 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.”… I would have preferred it is they told me face to face as a group, but they’re nice people. I’m still a fan of the Pixies!"
Clash caught the Shattuck-enhanced line up of Pixies live in London - check out our review HERE.
The new issue of Clash magazine is out right now. It's always on the money with breakthrough acts worth listening to. So, go and see.