Kim Shattuck is one of a kind. Former bassist for The Pandoras. Founder/guitarist/front woman of The Muffs. Erstwhile Pixie. Owner of one of the greatest primal screams in music.
The Muffs are gearing up to hit the road later this year, in support of their fifth studio album—and first in 10 years—slated to drop this July on Burger Records. The group took a kind of break in 2013, when Shattuck joined up with The Pixies that July, replacing Kim Deal on bass. Though embraced by fans and widely praised for her work with the band, Shattuck's Pixies tenure would prove to be short lived, as the band announced her departure that following November, shortly after a European swing.
Shattuck's personality was never a comfortable mesh with the more subdued Pixies, and now she's back doing what she does best full-time. The Muffs are playing Burger Records' “Burger Boogaloo” in Oakland, CA on July 5&6, with their new album slated for release shortly thereafter.
I chatted with Shattuck over the phone back in April, and it was just about the most fun I've had. As an expected 20-minute interview stretched into two hours, we talked about her time as a Pixie, the new album, and what it's like getting back into the swing of things with The Muffs.
Band Bombshell: How did you get hooked up with The Pixies? Because in my head, I like to imagine that (Pixies frontman) Charles Kittridge brings people in the same way he tells them it's over, and that you just woke up one day to a fax that said “thank you for joining The Pixies...”
Kim Shattuck: It was almost like that! It was strange. I didn’t really know any of them. Then, out of the blue, he asked me to do a benefit. It turns out that our old sound guy was working with Charles on his tour and I guess he sort of put the bug in his ear that I was cool and stuff. So I did the benefit. Played three Pixies song and one Muffs song—which they did waaay too slow. Read More