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 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, 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 and 1950s rock n roll.
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!
Xiu Xiu have been called “self flagellating”, “harsh”, “brutal”, “shocking” and “perverse” but also “genius”, “brilliant”, “unique”, “imaginative” and “luminous.”
The band is Angela Seo and Jamie Stewart.
Xiu Xiu Dear God, I Hate Myself
Chocolate Makes You Happy
Apple For A Brain
Dear God, I Hate Myself
The Fabrizio Palumbo Retaliation
This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy)
The Ropes Have Pulled Tight (Bonus)
Cute Pee Pee (Bonus)
Xiu Xiu Women As Lovers
In Lust You Can Hear The Axe Fall
No Friend Oh!
Under Pressure (Featuring Michael Gira)
Master Of The Bump (Kurt Stumbaugh, I Can Feel The Soil Falling Over My Head)
You Are Pregnant, You Are Dead
Child At Arms
Puff And Bunny
Xiu Xiu Remixed & Covered
Oxbow - Saturn
Sunset Rubdown - Apistat Commander
Marissa Nadler - Clowne Towne
Good for Cows - Sad Pony Guerrilla Girl
Kid 606 - Fabulous Muscles
Why? - The Wig Master
Her Space Holiday - I Luv The Valley OH!
Devandra Banhart - Support Our Troops
Hello From Eau Claire (Remixed by Gold Chains)
Suha (Remixed by Warbucks)
Ale (Remixed by Cherry Point)
Over Over (Remixed by Son)
Buzz Saw (Remixed by This Song is a Mess But So Am I)
Bishop, CA (Remixed by Kid 606)
Tonite & Today (Remixed by Grouper)
The Air Force (Remixed by To Live & Shave in LA)