The Pixies Address Kim Deal Leaving the Band During Recording of Their New Album Indie City Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 04.26.2014
"That was an interesting challenge."
Speaking to Rolling Stone, The Pixies talked about the recording for their new album, Indie City, and how the band went on after the departure of founding member and bassist Kim Deal during the sessions. The band reportedly had to "leave the Kim-shaped hole in there
Singer Black Francis said on Deal leaving, "We had this whole thing where Kim left in the middle of the record, so that was an interesting challenge. I don't think we want that kind of challenge the next time we have a session." He added: "The general feeling talking about it amongst ourselves, with Gil 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."
Guitarist Joey Santiago said, "Leave it alone, and have her absence there almost like a tribute, out of respect for her."
On the vocal for the album track "Bagboy" being reminiscent of Deal, Santiago said the similarity was "an accident." Francis expanded on the subject and stated: "There was this kid who was helping us at the demo level, and he'd thrown down some vocals when I was out of the studio. Even at the time, I was like, 'Oh my gosh, it sounds exactly like Kim. Ha-ha. That kid helped us with a couple of other tracks and didn't sound like her. It's just the way it came out on that one track. It's unfortunate because it gave the impression to the conspiracy seekers that we were doing that deliberately to fake everybody out. It was a total fluke."