"You felt like you could guide the randomness in a way." Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart integrates the EarthQuaker Devices Aqueduct vibrato pedal into a small synth setup and is amplified and rocking within sixty seconds using Aqueduct's random mode to add unpredictable (but still musical) vibrato pitch swings. More info: https://eqd.rocks/Aqueduct
Xiu Xiu was born on a dance floor, arriving alone at the club and going home alone from the club.
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.
The music is drawn from British post punk and synth pop, modern Western classical, noise and experimental musics, Asian percussion musics, American folk, torch singers, house, techno and 1950s rock n roll.
Starting in isolation in San Jose, California in 2002, Xiu Xiu has relentlessly toured all over the world since.