Q Magazine

Pixies Part Ways With Bassist Paz Lenchantin

Lenchantin, who joined the group in 2014, will be replaced by Emma Richardson for the band's 2024 tour, starting this Friday.

pixies paz
Source: MEGA

Paz Lenchantin with the Pixies in 2014.

Link to FacebookShare to XShare to Email

The revolving door that is the Pixies’ bass player position just took another spin this morning, as Paz Lenchantin officially exited the band, with Band of Skulls bassist Emma Richardson set to join the group prior to their tour kickoff later this week.

The band announced the change in a social media post on March 4, writing:

“Paz Lenchantin, who joined Pixies in 2014, has exited the band to concentrate on her own projects. We’re grateful for Paz’s many contributions, and wish her all the best going forward.

Article continues below advertisement

“We are delighted to welcome Emma Richardson on bass,” the message continued. “Emma will make her worldwide touring debut on the first night of the Bossanova x Trompe le Monde European tour, beginning this Friday in Dublin.”

In addition to regularly touring with Pixies, Lenchantin also recorded three albums with them: Head Carrier (2016), Beneath the Eyrie (2019) and Doggerel (2020), on which she cowrote three songs. Lenchantin first came to prominence as a bassist for high-profile side projects in the early 2000s, playing first for A Perfect Circle (with Tool’s Maynard James Keenan), and later with Zwan (featuring Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan). She’s also been a member of the Entrance Band, and contributed string parts to Queens of the Stone Age’s Songs for the Deaf, Jenny Lewis’ Acid Tongue and Silver Jews’ Tanglewood Numbers.

Article continues below advertisement
Source: MEGA

Pixies' Joey Santiago, Black Francis and Paz Lenchantin.

In a statement to Rolling Stone today, Lenchantin noted that her departure came as a surprise:

“It has been a dream of dreams these past 10 years to have been accepted as a Pixie by the band and by fans and an honor to have contributed to the Pixies legacy,” she wrote. “My departure is a bit of a surprise to me as it is to many, but it looks like they have a solid plan figured out which in turn has pushed me to move onwards onto new projects that I am excited about.”

Pixies’ original lineup — Black Francis/Frank Black, Joey Santiago, David Lovering and Kim Deal — first reunited in 2004. Deal, whose tensions with Francis contributed to the band’s initial breakup in 1993, quit the reformed band in 2013, and was subsequently replaced by the Muffs’ frontwoman Kim Shattuck, who was fired from the band less than a year later. Deal has since been active with the Breeders, her other major band, which also features her twin sister Kelley Deal. Shattuck died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2019 at the age of 56.

Article continues below advertisement
Source: MEGA

The original Pixies lineup, featuring Francis and founding bassist Kim Deal, onstage in 1990.

Never miss a story — sign up for the Q newsletter for the latest music news on all your favorite artists, all in one place.

Article continues below advertisement

As for the newest recruit, Richardson has a busy schedule to look forward to, as Pixies will be on tour for most of the current year, including a co-headlining tour with Modest Mouse and a stint opening for Pearl Jam in Australia and New Zealand. Check out the band’s full tour dates below:

03/08 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia

03/09 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia

03/10 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia

03/12 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall

03/13 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hal

03/14 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall

03/16 – London, UK @ Kentish Town Forum

03/17 – London, UK @ Kentish Town Forum

03/18 – London, UK @ Kentish Town Forum

03/20 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

03/21 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

03/22 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

03/25 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia

03/26 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia

03/27 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia

05/31 – Charleston, SC @ Firefly Distillery

06/01 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion

06/02 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater

06/04 – Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre

06/05 – Cincinnati, OH @ Andrew J Brady Music Center

06/08 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage

06/09 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell

06/11 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

06/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ TD Pavilion at the Mann

06/14 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

06/15 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium

06/16 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center

06/18 – Detroit, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre

06/19 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion

06/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Surly Brewing Festival Field

06/22 – Madison, WI @ Breese Stevens Field

06/23 – Waukee, IA @ Vibrant Music Hall

06/24 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre

06/26 – Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheatre

06/27 – Irving, TX @ Toyota Music Factory

06/28 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP

06/30 – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

07/24 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz

07/26 – Benidorm, ES @ Low Festival

07/28 – Madrid, ES @ Noches Del Botánico

07/30 – Salon-de-Provence, FR @ Lété Au Chateau

08/01 – Nijmegen, NL @ OpenLucht Theater Goffert

08/02 – Nijmegen, NL @ OpenLucht Theater Goffert

08/04 – Braine-le-Comte, BE @ Ronquieres Festival

08/05 – Festen, BE @ Lokerse Feesten

08/07 – Luxembourg @ den Atelier

08/08 – Schwetzingen, DE @ Musik Im Park

08/10 – Prague, CZ @ Forum Karlin

08/13 – Helsinki, FI @ House of Culture

08/14 – Helsinki, FI @ House of Culture

08/16 – Bodø, NO @ Parkenfestivalen

08/17 – Trondheim, NO @ Pstereo Festival

08/20 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy

08/21 – Halifax, UK @ Piece Hall

08/23 – London, UK @ All Points East

08/24 – Portsmouth, UK @ Victorious Festival

08/27 – Galway, IE @ Galway Airport

08/28 – Belfast, IE @ Custom House Square

08/29 – Dublin, IE @ RDS Simmonscourt

11/08 – Auckland, NZ @ Go Media Stadium

11/10 – Auckland, NZ @ Go Media Stadium

11/13 – Gold Coast, AU @ Heritage Bank Stadium

11/16 – Melbourne, AU @ Marvel Stadium

11/18 – Melbourne, AU @ Marvel Stadium

11/21 – Sydney, AU @ Giants Stadium

11/23 – Sydney, AU @ Giants Stadium


Subscribe to our newsletter

your info will be used in accordance with our privacy policy

Read More