Kim Deal, bassist and vocalist for wildly influential alt-rockers the Pixies, has officially left the band.
The Boston-bred group made a statement about the exit of their founding member on Facebook:
“We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the Pixies. 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.”
The Pixies, in particular Deal and frontman Frank Black, had a rocky relationship throughout the bands run. They went on hiatus in the early ‘90s, which is when Deal formed another awesome band, the Breeders. The Pixies reunited in 2004 and five years later toured extensively celebrating the 20th anniversary of their influential album, Doolittle.
David Lovering, the bands drummer, told Rolling Stone in 2011 that new music was on the horizon (sort of). "It's going to be baby steps, though. We have the formula and we know we can do it. But if we put something out, it has to be good. Period. We don't want to break the legacy. It's much more of a free subject to talk about now though. We're gonna go slowly and see what will happen."
The Pixies recently completed funding via Kickstarter for a photo book that documents the band's history. Revisit Deal's highlights with both the Pixies and the Breeders below.
The Pixies - "Where Is My Mind"
The Breeders - "Cannonball"