October 9, 2012
Xiu Xiu was born on a dance floor, arriving alone at the club and going home alone from the club. The music has been called “self flagellating”, “harsh”, “brutal”, “shocking” and “perverse” but also “genius”, “brilliant”, “unique”, “imaginative” and “luminous.”
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.
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! There have been a total of seven line-ups with the newest and best being Angela Seo, Bettina Escauriza, Marc Riordan, Devin Hoff, and Jamie Stewart. They are currently cluster bombed around America in New York and Durham, NC.
Over the course of 15 7″s, five EPs, six collaboration albums and eight 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 new video for “Honeysuckle” certainly embodies all of these elements and finds it’s own way of luring viewers in. In the beginning, we are introduced to various haunting images, such as the image of a fish out of water, still breathing. We follow the daily routine of a young Asian girl, and how she battles loneliness and boredom. There is a sadness that is created within the scenes of “Honeysuckle,” but there are deep-rooted meanings that Xiu Xiu presents us with. The eccentricities of this young woman being alone alludes to the simplicity of every day life, which is daunting and somewhat dangerous if left alone. The ever-so-truthful lyrics of the chorus “I get up, get up/ But the day is ruined again” present us with a cry for help, but is merely a type of solace for the sadness and daunting repetitiveness of being alone.
The wildness that Xiu Xiu creates within their haunting music is something that will not go unnoticed, and it is with the presentation of “Honeysuckle” that we realize how influential their music is for contemporary music fans. We’ve got plenty copies of the forthcoming release, Always, so don’t be shy about getting in touch for yor copy! For more information, please contact Andy Gesner and the HIP Video Promo staff at (732)-613-1779 or email us at [email protected] . You can also visit www.PolyvinylRecords.com or www.XiuXiu.org for more info on Xiu Xiu.
For info about Xiu Xiu’s video, “Boy Soprano” click HERE