Kim Deal Quits the Pixies

The founding bassist has quit the band for the second time in their 27-year career. What does it mean for the band?

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Legendary bassist Kim Deal has quit the Pixies, almost a decade after the original lineup reunited in 2004 to wide acclaim.

"We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the Pixies," said a statement on their Facebook page. "We are very proud to have worked with her on and off over the last 25 years. Despite her decision to move on, we will always consider her a member of the Pixies, and her place will always be here for her. We wish her all the best."

It echoes their original early-'90s breakup, where Deal left to form the Breeders when tensions between her and singer Frank Black drove the band apart.

Deal is currently touring with the Breeders to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their celebrated album "Last Splash." She recently found time to collaborate with the National and her sister on their "Long Count" project.

Meanwhile, Frank Black recently unveiled a new project called Thriftstore Masterpiece, described as "an all-star music collective devoted to paying homage to the underdog records of years past." He's joined by members of Modest Mouse, the Dandy Warhols and other arty-music types, and will release an album called "Trouble Is an Lonesome Town" on July 8.

Will you miss Kim's iconic bass and backing vocals in the Pixies, and is the band effectively over without her? Share your opinion in the comments.

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    Fucking boo! To be honest though this had become a nostalgia act in between everyone's progressive projects.
    I was also lucky enough to see them live a few years back on their Doolittle Anniversary Tour, and it probably was the best show I ever went to. They were a great band, and the fact that Kim doesn't want to be in the Pixies anymore is completely fine. Like TheGroundZero said, they haven't released a new album since Bossanova so it's not a huge loss. Though, I wonder what will happen during songs like "Gigantic" haha.
    Love the Pixies! Luckily I got the chance to see them about 3 years ago in Nashville. It was probably the best quality sounding concert I've ever been to. Crystal clear, and they sounded awesome. Of course they haven't put out any new music for 20 years, but that may have been a wise choice. Their old music is timeless! Best to all! Also, I'm pretty sure the Pixies will never tour without her. They have always stuck to the original band. And no one could replace her vocals.
    I saw The Breeders on Saturday and they seemed to be getting on well and having fun. So maybe she's just happier doing that.
    i always love Kim in Pixies, she really got me in their music all time. but from now on i can only recall those touchable feelings in the past. yeah i agree, no Kim, no Pixies!
    I saw them live a few years back and they were absolutely fantastic, probably the best live band I've seen. I'd imagine this to be the end of Pixies as Kim Deal is, in my opinion, irreplaceable. Really though its not that big a deal as after 9 years of touring 25 year old songs they'd basically become the best Pixies tribute band.
    It's not like they were ever going to make new music as the pixies. I was happy they did the reunion tours but you can only milk that for so long.
    Sad to see the end of them because I saw them on the Doolittle Anniversary Tour too, one of the best sounding live bands I've ever seen. I was hoping they might come back around some day, I guess not now.