From one Kim to another: Kim Shattuck will join the Pixies on bass and backing vocals on an upcoming European tour, the band announced online this morning. She replaces original bassist Kim Deal, who left the group last month.
Shattuck fronts Los Angeles rockers the Muffs, who have released five studio albums, including 2004’s Really Really Happy. Before forming the Muffs in 1991, she played with the Pandoras, an all-female band that was part of L.A.’s so-called Paisley Underground indie scene in the Eighties.
The group will kick off a European tour on September 29th in Paris and wrap up November 24th in London. A statement from the band promised new songs, and some surprises onstage. “Along with everyone’s favorites, we’ll be playing songs that we haven’t played in ages or never played live before,” singer Black Francis said. “Songs like ‘Brick is Red,’ ‘Havalina,’ ‘Tony’s Theme’ and ‘Sad Punk.’ We’ve probably rehearsed some 80 songs, so we’ll be able to change up the set at the last minute if we feel like it. We’re all really looking forward to this tour.”
The Pixies last week released “Bagboy,” their first new song since “Bam Thwok” accompanied their reunion 2004. Although “Bagboy” features sugary Deal-like backing vocals, neither Kim was involved. Jeremy Dubs, a western Massachusetts musician who performs occasionally with Black Francis, played bass and contributed vocals.