Xiu Xiu

October 3 @ 8:00 PM

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An American experimental band, formed in 2002 by singer-songwriter Jamie Stewart in San Jose, California. Currently, the line-up consists of Stewart, Angela Seo, Thor Harris, and Christopher Pravdica.

The band’s name comes from the film Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl. The band found its first tracks to match the “rotten realness” spirit of the film, “that sometimes life turns out with a worst possible case scenario”. Stewart said Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car”, which Xiu Xiu covered on A Promise, had a similar theme.

Stewart has added that the band was a product of San Jose pirate radio stations that played house, hi-NRG, freestyle, and techno, which Stewart considered unpretentious, plain, heartbroken, clear, and based around dancing away sadness. He said he wrote his first Xiu Xiu song after leaving a San Jose dance club alone on a Christmas night: “Xiu Xiu came from feeling stupid and lonely and then wanting to dance it away, but having the club and its music only magnify that stupid and lonely feeling.” At the time of A Promise, Stewart said that he was influenced by Gamelan and Japanese and Korean folk music, and had been listening to contemporary classical and “gay dance music”.