"We left it open..."

Pixies have revealed that they are open to Kim Deal returning to the band.

Kim Deal was always a lot more than merely Pixies' bass player. An engaging, hypnotic presence onstage, Deal was no mean songwriter in her own right contributing heavily to the band's evolution.

So her departure earlier this year came as a shock to fans. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Black Francis explained that the final conversation took place in a small coffee shop 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. 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."

Replaced by Kim Shattuck, the band vowed to carry on and played a special set at London venue the Roundhouse as part of the iTunes festival. Speaking to the NME, Dave Lovering insisted that Kim Deal would be more than welcome to re-join Pixies.

"We left it open. It was sad and tough when she left, but we wish her well and she has a welcome back if she'd like to. When she said she was leaving it was distressing and there was a lot of panic and we were like, 'What are we going to do?' We thought the correct thing is to go forward. So we did."

Clash attended Kim Shattuck's first UK show as a member of Pixies - check out the review HERE.

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