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XIU XIU + ME LOST ME
June 7 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Upset The Rhythm presents…
ME LOST ME
Wednesday 7 June
Earth Theatre, 11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, London, N16 8BH
6.30pm-10.30pm | £16 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/U47253457cae
XIU XIU is the conduit for the uncompromising and unnervingly personal musical works of Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Jamie Stewart, plus a roll call of collaborators both in the studio and onstage. Streaming forth a ceaseless torrent of releases, side projects, art offerings and extensive international touring since 2002, Xiu Xiu’s music has veered from damaged avant-pop to artfully orchestrated rock, squalls of black-hearted noise and most bases around and between, ever-served with bruising honesty and intensity that has ripped out the hearts of a legion of obsessive listeners.
This March, the band returns with a devastatingly macabre, appropriately cacophonous new album, Ignore Grief, due for release on Polyvinyl. The current iteration of Xiu Xiu includes existing members Jamie Stewart and Angela Seo, now joined by an old friend and new member, David Kendrick (Sparks, Devo, Gleaming Spires). ‘Ignore Gried’ is an album of halves. Angela Seo sings on half of the record. Jamie Stewart sings on half of the record. 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. Xiu has spent twenty years grappling with how to process, be empathetic towards, disobey and reorganize horror; there is no other word for it other than horror.
ME LOST ME delights in experimenting with songwriting and storytelling, creating a beguiling mix of soaring vocals and atmospheric electronics that playfully push the boundaries of genre. Led by Newcastle-based artist Jayne Dent who takes influence from folk, art pop, noise, ambient and improvised music, the project has transformed since 2017 from a solo endeavour to an expanded group, regularly collaborating with acclaimed North-East jazz musicians Faye MacCalman and John Pope. Me Lost Me’s music has been described in The Guardian as “stripping folk back to its bones while letting its future echoes bleed out” and by BBC Radio 6’s Tom Robinson as a “brilliant peculiar noise”. Me Lost Me’s forthcoming RPG album will be released on July 7th via Upset The Rhythm.