Shattuck, who fronts the Southern California punk band, The Muffs, took to Twitter and Facebook to break the news:
Disappointed to learn that my time w/Pixies ended today. Amazing experience.Focusing attn on Muffs & new album. All the best to everyone.— The Muffs: Kim (@TheMuffs) November 30, 2013
Pixies have yet to release a statement and a reason for the split is not currently known. But, judging from Shattuck's levelheaded statement and kind words towards the band that just kicked her out, it was nothing like Deal's departure.
In an interview with Rolling Stone in October, Black Francis talked Kim Deal's exit:
"We were at a little coffee shop near the studio. 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. [Guitarist] 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."
If the tour continues as scheduled, may we humbly suggest Pixies avoid bassists named Kim to fill their current opening.