The Pixies Discuss ‘Indie Cindy’, Kim Deal’s Departure

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 04.25.14 in News

At this point, it’s pretty much common knowledge that Indie Cindy — the kinda, sorta new album from The Pixies — is not quite the reunion record we’ve all been waiting decades for. Or as Brian Raftery wrote in his Wondering Sound review this week, “This is not a legacy-threatener like Raditude or The Phantom Menace. It’s just a strange, sad smudge upon a once-unblemished discography — a piece of space junk that somehow hurtled into the Pixies’ otherwise pristine planet of sound.”

Which leads us to an obvious question: How did it end up that way, and why did Kim Deal leave the band in the middle of making it? According to a Rolling Stone interview, the bassist/singer decided the Breeders were a better use of her time, which left the group’s core trio (frontman Black Francis, drummer David Lovering and guitarist Joey Santiago) with an “interesting challenge.”

“The general feeling talking about it amongst ourselves,” Francis explained, “with [longtime producer] Gil [Norton] and our manager, was rather than try to replace Kim at the time, even if the record has this Kim-shaped hole in it, we needed to leave the hole there. Not ‘Let’s get a girl in that sounds like Kim!’ We had those thoughts of course. We had to do it ourselves.”

“Leave it alone,” added Santiago, “and have her absence there almost like a tribute, out of respect for her.”

Here are a bunch of recent Pixies tracks so you can be the judge of whether it’s all a tribute or a death knell…

Pixies, 'Snakes'

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Pixies, 'Bagboy'

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