The Pixies are hitting the road without Kim Deal. Last week, the influential indie rockers released "Bagboy," their first new song in nine years — and, perhaps more significantly, their first since the recently announced departure of singer-bassist Deal, who's currently on tour with the Breeders.
In a post on the Pixies' website today, the band said it will be embarking on a "massive global tour." And though there's no replacing Deal, her duties will be in capable hands. Kim Shattuck, frontwoman for sharp-toothed Los Angeles power poppers the Muffs and, previously, Paisley Underground-affiliated garage rockers the Pandoras, will play bass and sing on the Pixies' tour, according to a separate post.
The Pixies said the tour will include new songs, part of what's billed as "the first collection of new material since 1991's Trompe Le Monde." According to the posts, Shattuck has been rehearsing in Los Angeles with singer-guitarist Black Francis, guitarist-singer Joey Santiago, and drummer-singer David Lovering.
They've run through about 80 songs together, so they'll be able to change up set lists on the fly, according to Black Francis. "Along with everyone's favorites, we'll be playing songs that we haven't played in ages or never played live before," he said in a statement. "Songs like 'Brick is Red,' 'Havalina,' 'Tony's Theme.' and 'Sad Punk.' "
The first leg of the Pixies' planned tour is a 17-date European run that spans from September to November. According to Slicing Up Eyeballs, despite confusion about who was singing backing vocals on new single "Bagboy," the mystery vocalist is Jeremy Dubs of Massachusetts' Bunnies. Dubs' previous group the Bennies has gone on the road with the Pixies and Frank previously.
Pixies tour dates:
September 29 - Paris, France @ Olympia
October 2 - Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
October 5 - Amsterdam, Holland @ Paradiso
October 8 - Berlin, Germany @ Huxleys
October 10 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Lucerna Music Hall
November 1 - Vienna, Austria @ Gasometer
November 2 - Geneva, Switzerland @ Thonex
November 4 - Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz
November 7 - Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera
November 9 - Lisbon, Portugal @ Coliseum
November 13 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Falkoner
November 14 - Oslo, Norway @ Sentrum Scene,
November 15 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Munchen Brewery
November 18 - Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia
November 21 - Manchester, UK @ Apollo
November 22 - Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
November 24 - London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo