Upset The Rhythm presents…
Monday 22 May
Kamio, 3 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3JL
8pm | £12 | https://www.wegottickets.com/event/390523
XIU XIU is Shayna Dunkelman, Angela Seo and Jamie "Butch Jenny" Stewart. Starting in isolation in San Jose, California in 2002, Xiu Xiu has relentlessly toured all over the world since. Over the course of 15 7"s, five EPs, six collaboration albums and ten 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 and the individual responsibility of U.S. military. 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 and 1950s rock n roll. Xiu Xiu have been called "self flagellating", "harsh", "brutal", "shocking" and "perverse" but also "genius", "brilliant", "unique", "imaginative" and "luminous."
New album Forget will be released this February through Upset The Rhythm. The album was produced by John Congleton (Blondie, Sigur Ros), Greg Saunier of Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu's own Angela Seo. It features guest appearances by fabled minimalist composer Charlemagne Palestine, L.A. Banjee Ball superstar commentator Enyce Smith, Swans guitar virtuoso Kristof Hahn and legendary drag artist and personal hero of Xiu Xiu, Vaginal Davis.