In the official message posted, there isn’t too much information about why Deal left the band she joined 27 years ago. Signed by Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering, the short note reads:
“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 cordial tone indicates that Deal’s departure is not the result of some big disagreement between band members. That was not the case back in 1993, when Deal previously left the band due to creative differences with singer Black Francis. The Pixies officially went on hiatus at that point, only reforming in 2004 with its original lineup.
Formed in Boston in 1986 and considered one of the main inspirations of the grunge and alt-rock music in the early 1990s, The Pixies found greater success in Europe than in the United States. Two albums — 1988’s “Surfer Rosa” and 1989’s “Doolittle” — are particularly influential to the music of that era.
Deal was the third member to join the band after Santiago and Francis posted a classified ad, seeking a female bass player who liked both Peter, Paul and Mary and Husker Du. As the only person to respond, Deal got the gig.
Currently, Kim Deal is touring with her 1990s band, The Breeders.