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Going to see them on Tuesday for the first time, in Leeds. Has someone here seen them play?
Wasn't madly exciting I'll be honest with you. Bru show should be good though.
Then me too. Man that was disappointing, I can tell you (Xiu Xiu, not Swans).
I loved it, thought they were fantastic and it was a lot of fun. Though this was a lot 'pop' and 'lighthearted' than what I expect this upcoming tour to be given the material on the new album.
Was their first UK gig in a long time, apparently had a bad experience with a bored crowd a while back and swore never to come back. Was worried it'd be some sort of fuck-you-all show, but they were fucking great. Was really taken back at how good they were live.
general rule for xiu xiu is if they've got a drummer they'll be amazing (although i've enjoyed him solo)
new album is drum heavy so expecting a really great show
Xiu Xiu in association with ATP & Qu Junktions presents:
THE REDS OF THEIR EYES
A two-night residency at Birthdays, Stoke Newington High St, Dalston
Night 1: Weds May 21 with special guest James Blackshaw - tickets: http://www.dashtickets.co.uk/event/9cv3zjfwh
Night 2: Thurs May 22 with Blood Music - tickets here: http://www.dashtickets.co.uk/event/9cv3zjfwh
"The intention behind the Reds Of Their Eyes shows being in a small space is to be much much, much closer than the whites of their eyes. It is about being smashed, intense, physical, truly personal and in the end ruined, but perhaps redeemed, by being unable to ignore the inches-away crazed gaze of a fellow human.
Aside from being the best context for Xiu Xiu in our present, sonic blade-wielding form, these shows offer the chance to invite some special guests operating in violently contrasting fields of intensity: James Blackshaw joins us for the first show, a man whose totally beautiful, radically expanding long form acoustic guitar pieces I have followed with furious intent for years. Then for night 2 we are psyched to welcome Blood Music, from the black-hearted frontier of new London noise-rock and sharing a certain brutalist kinship with our current groove.
See you there, in the dark, point blank range"
Jamie Stewart, Xiu Xiu
at Luminaire a couple of years ago. Was pretty good. Lineup's different now I think.
There's been a huge range from amazing to boring.
Still really worth it all though.
Let's see how it goes. I'm looking forward to it.
think ive seen them lots but can only remember ulu, and some jamie stewart solo thing with stylephones. stewart is one of the few people who can pull off the standing singer doing percussion thing. just realised now julie ruin has been postpones I can see them on thursday
Anyone seen them yet? Went to birthdays last night and loved it. Seen them lots before, but the new material sounds extra intense live.
It was my first time seeing them live. The concert was just Jamie and Angela, in a small venue with a relatively small crowd.
In regards to how I found it to be, it was very...Xiu Xiu i.e. causing conflicting feelings, which I felt was the aim.
The best representation of this (intentional) mixture of feelings was, in my opinion, "Lawrence Liquors". In the verses Jamie was singing for his life, it was intense, disturbing and moving, powerful stuff which made me feel the urge to cry - and right after that in the chorus he was doing the sound of a dog and it was so over the top that I nearly burst into laughter .... and then I started thinking "is it right to laugh at this?!", almost feeling guilty.
Jamie was in top form vocally. The setlist included nearly the whole of the new album and very few tracks from other albums. It must have lasted about an hour. It was not a concert where the crowd is involved actively in with the artist, I mean they (or at least Jamie) didn't seem to be influenced by the vibes the crowd was sending him, he was singing for him.
The biggest surprise for me was "Ian Curtis Wishlist". Before the concert, while I was driving, I was thinking which song I would most like to hear live. And I had decided on this one - even though it's not one of my favourite Xiu Xiu songs, it had to be immense live. I was so happy when it was played and couldn't believe it.
My favourite moment from the concert was when they played Stupid In The Dark. It was SO good live.
Overall, I liked it. I didn't leave with a huge grin on my face, but it was interesting.
Whoa, they have the whole set up now too. Agreed on Ian Curtis Wishlist, that was probably my favourite of the night https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE44_1jyRyo
Glad you enjoyed it for the most part. The good thing about Xiu Xiu live is that you can watch them next time they come over and it'll be completely different. Different songs, different members, different instruments, different arrangements. I'll never get bored of watching them for that reason. The more I think about it, it was probably the best show I've seen this year.
p.s It's not Angela with him on this tour.
Oops..Quite embarassing on my part, not to realise it wasn't Angela! To my defense, I had never seen Angela live before. I did think the girl looked a bit different than the few photos of Angela I had seen, but I put it down to differences between photos/reality and some change in regards to weight. To be honest, I turn to think Xiu Xiu as Jamie anyway and not pay a lot of attention to the rest of the lineup, which isn't very fair to the other members of course since they are involved in the music as well...
I would love to catch them again live and see the differences.
*"tend", not "turn"
did anyone buy that jamie stewart cassette 'farewell'? didnt seem to be anyone on the merch table