Xiu Xiu ignore grief2023-01-12 by Raul Stanciu STAFF | 20 Comments
|Xiu Xiu return with a brand new album, Ignore Grief scheduled to be out on March 3 through Polyvinyl Records. This time, core members Jamie Stewart and Angela Seo share vocal duties, each singing on half of the record. David Kendrick (Sparks, Devo, Gleaming Spires) joined the duo for this journey. |
As stated in the press release:
"Half of the songs are experimental industrial. Half of the songs are experimental modern classical.
Half of it is real. Half of it is imaginary.
The real songs attempt to turn the worst life has offered to five people the band is connected with into some kind of desperate shape that does something, anything, other than grind and brutalize their hearts and memory within these stunningly horrendous experiences.
The imaginary songs are an expansion and abstract exploration of the early rock and roll “Teen Tragedy” genre as jumping off point to decontaminate the band’s own overwhelming emotions in knowing and living with what has happened to these five people.
What none of this record does and despite the oft repeated assertion, what Xiu Xiu has never done, is attempt to superficially shock the listener. Instead, Xiu Xiu has spent twenty years grappling with how to process, to be empathetic towards, to disobey and to reorganize horror; there is no other word for it other than horror.
The motivation for writing Ignore Grief to be about a child who was sold into prostitution by his mother, a junior high student who was kidnapped and murdered, incessantly choosing alcohol and cocaine over one’s family, becoming lost in the bleakest, darkest aspects of cultish spirituality and committing suicide as means to escape and protest a life of violent sex work is because the members of Xiu Xiu themselves are deeply shocked."
Meanwhile, first single "Maybae Baeby" is out with a music video directed by Angela Seo. Watch below:
1. The Real Chaos Cha Cha Cha
2. 666 Photos of Nothing
3. Esquerita, Little Richard
4. Maybae Baeby video
5. Tarsier, Tarsier, Tarsier, Tarsier
7. Border Factory
8. Dracula Parrot, Moon Moth
9. Brothel Creeper
10. For M.
The group will embark on a US tour in April, while UK/EU dates will be revealed soon. View the tour dates here -> http://www.xiuxiu.org/tour
Pre-order Ignore Grief here - https://xiuxiu.ffm.to/ignore-grief
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Excited to see them again, new song sounds solid. Saw Jamie solo opening for Swans on The Seer tour and had never listened to them before and didn't know what to make of it. Huge fan now though. Had a gig scheduled here canceled during COVID (and maybe even one after COVID?).
Damn, the concept sounds like it could be incredible if executed well. Hoping this is a return to form as I was lukewarm at best to their last two LPs
Xiu Xiu and Sigur Ros collab album when?
not gonna listen to any of this pre-release and it goes with the inevitable Xiu Xiu caveat that 50% of it will be dumb and tasteless and anything from 5% to 100% might be awful, but i am E X C I T E D
yep, that’s fair. However, I remain cautiously optimistic
No way Storm, love both and that sounds awful, lol
So fucking excited, nabbed my tix to see 'em in April and over the moon for this album
Will not listen to the single until I get too excited and cave in a week's time anyway
Johnny listen to the early records dang it
i just pre-ordered his memoir i'm more excited for that
surely Johnny’s heard early Xiu Xiu… what?
Love you Xiu Xiu
sounds like Xiu Xiu has been listening to Pharmakon and Lana Del Rabies
Never heard anything from them but I straight up love this and the kinda dread inducing vibe it has going on.
What album do I start with?!? Help me.
I know that experimental/industrial is nothing new for xiu xiu, but can’t help but feel this song is a huge step in another directions for them. Impressive soundscape if not groundbreaking (it’s basically ministry - dream song pt 2). Looking forward to this
I’d start in order of their LPs combustion. Their first three are their best imo
Knife Play & The Air Force are essential, A Promise is pretty good
I love Angel Guts, but that one seems more divisive
but yeah, the early stuff makes most sense as a starting point seeing as it includes (arguably?) their most acclaimed album
There’s nothing divisive about stupid in the dark tho
@combustion - If you want dread inducing Xiu Xiu, check out Girl With Basket of Fruit, Angel Guts and the Twin Peaks tribute. They have a fair number of quite uneasy songs.
Girl With Basket of Fruit and Angel Guts are creepy fucking albums.
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