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Xiu Xiu was born on a dance floor, arriving alone at the club and going home alone from the club.
That night the first Xiu Xiu song, Jennifer Lopez, was recorded. Its line, “is it tough to watch, Friday after Friday!?,” began what Xiu Xiu was going to try to say. The songs would always be about specific events in the personal lives of the band, the people close to them, and about the social and economic politics that effect and deform subjugated life from everywhere in this wobbling, wreck of a solar system.
Over the course of 15 7″s, five EPs, six collaboration albums and eight full lengths Xiu Xiu has never shied away from any topic that is honest and meaningful to them. Their songs are about gender dysphoria, suicide, loneliness, going insane, child soldiers, the tsunami in Indonesia, hideous sex, the Sanrio character Pandapple, abortion politics, incest, cats, queer life, being raped by the police and the individual responsibility of U.S. military personnel for the families they murder. Somehow within all of this, cuteness attempts to find a way to embrace death and horrible emotion.
The music is drawn from British post punk and synth pop, modern Western classical, noise and experimental musics, Asian percussion musics, American folk, torch singers, house, techno, 1950s rock n roll and this second’s top 40.
Starting in isolation in San Jose, California in 2002, Xiu Xiu has relentlessly toured all over the world since. San Jose is a rotten place to be, so relentless touring was a way to get AWAY!
There have been a total of seven line-ups, all led by Jamie Stewart.
Formed in late 2013, White Royal is a blissful cinematic pop band from Leeds, England made up of vocalist/guitarist Josh Hobson, Thomas Balmforth (electronics) and percussionist Jonty Brown. Following a round of shows throughout the UK earlier this year, including performances with Glass Animals and Xiu Xiu:Read More
oday, Xiu Xiu have released their newest video off their latest record, Angel Guts: Red Classroom. Set to album track “Cynthia’s Unisex,” the video is a dark exploration of children’s art, directed by Florent Texier. The video can be watched in full below. The video release coincides with a series of New York events Xiu Xiu is set to kick off later this month. Starting on September 27th and continuing through October 18th:Read More
Earlier this month, Xiu Xiu released their latest record, Angel Guts: Red Classroom on Polyvinyl. Inspired by an erotic Japanese horror film by the same, Angel Guts: Red Classroom now is getting it’s own horror movie treatment with the video for “El Naco.” Directed by John Clark,Read More
“I am disappointed and very sorry to say that Xiu Xiu will have to postpone our upcoming tour. I have been having increasing trouble with my throat for years, and this week my doctor advised me not to sing for at least two months or risk losing it,Read More
Today, Xiu Xiu releases their newest record, Angel Guts: Red Classroom on Polyvinyl. To coincide with the release, Xiu Xiu is debuting the video for the album’s first single, Stupid in the Dark.” Directed by Amir Shoucri,Read More
Xiu Xiu returns with their darkest and most tortured release yet. As always, Jamie Stewart heads the group, this time taking listeners down a mineshaft of agony and despair with 14 challenging songs. Originally formed in the early 2000’s,Read More
When Chris Garneau started working on Winter Games five years ago, he had a simple premise in mind: exploring the frostbitten season through secondhand story lines. Not long-forgotten memories of merriment and myrrh so much,Read More
With a little less than a month before the release of the band’s next record, Xiu Xiu is sharing their next single, “Lawrence Liquors” from their upcoming record, Angel Guts: Red Classroom (Polyvinyl – 2/4). Listen to the track above. The band also is heading out on an extensive North American Tour in 2014. Beginning and ending in California,Read More
Fresh off the announcement of the band’s latest record, Angel Guts: Red Classroom, Xiu Xiu is excited to announce a new North American tour for 2014. Beginning and ending in California, the continent-spanning tour finds Xiu Xiu stopping in New York,Read More
A joyous and invigorating international outreach project in aid of “untouchable” children in southeast India, Everything is New consists of two separate music releases – Marram’s Sun Choir featuring Jarvis Cocker, Owen Pallett, doseone,Read More
Xiu Xiu is ready to reveal their latest full-length album Angel Guts: Red Classroom, out February 4th on Polyvinyl in North America and Bella Union in Europe. The record is Xiu Xiu’s first album of original material since 2012’s Always. Listen to the first single “Stupid in the Dark”Read More