Xiu Xiu announce the second part of their intimate two-night "Reds Of Their Eyes" residency at Birthdays in May.
Taking place on Wednesday May 21st (preceding the May 22nd show featuring scabrous London post-punkers Blood Music) Jamie Stewart's special guest for the opening night is James Blackshaw, who brings an intensity of a very different kind in the form of hypnotic, ululating waves of drone/classical influenced guitar composition - a singular style honed across several albums for labels including Tompkins Square (who release"Fant"mas : Le Faux Magistrat", James's soundtrack to the French silent film of the same name, in July), Young God and Important, as well as several tours with Swans.
"The first time I heard James Blackshaw it was by accident. As a teenager I had the practice of buying records based on the cover art alone. Taking this up again on a lark, I bought Glass Bead Game. Not knowing what I was getting into, my heart exploded. The music was totally pure, totally beautiful, radically expanding long form pieces and touching me in a way I had not been in years. I have, with furious intent, bought every other record since and am insanely excited to be able to play together"
All dates below.
Tuesday 20 May - LEEDS - Brudenell Social Club
Wednesday 21 May - LONDON - Birthdays with James Blackshaw
Thursday 22 May - LONDON - Birthdays with Blood Music
And full tour dates below.
Wednesday 30th April - Krems, AU - Donau Festival - Jeremy Wade/Monika Grzymala/Xiu Xiu: Dark Material
Thursday 1st May - Krems, AU - Donau Festival - Xiu Xiu show + Jeremy Wade/Monika Grzymala/Xiu Xiu: Dark Material
Friday 2nd May - Krems, AU - Donau Festival - Jeremy Wade/Monika Grzymala/Xiu Xiu: Dark Material
Saturday 3rd May - Krems, AU - Donau Festival - Jeremy Wade/Monika Grzymala/Xiu Xiu: Dark Material
Sunday 4th May - Krems, AU - Donau Festival - Jeremy Wade/Monika Grzymala/Xiu Xiu: Dark Material
Monday 5th May - St Gallen, CH - Grabenhalle with The Residents
Wednesday 7th May - Lausanne, CH - Le Romandie
Thursday 8th May - Venezia, IT - Teatro Fondamenta Nuove
Friday 9th May - Udine, IT - Pn Box
Saturday 10th May - Torino, IT - El Barrio
Sunday 11th May - Brescia, IT - A Palazzo Gallery
Monday 12th May - Lyon, FR - Grrnd Zero
Tuesday 13th May - Paris, FR - Petit Bain
Wednesday 14th May - Brest, FR - La Carene
Thursday 15th May - Lille, FR - La Malterie
Friday 16th May - Utrecht, NL, Ekko
Saturday 17th May - Gent, BE, Democrazy @ DOK-Box with White Hinterland
Sunday 18th May - Rotterdam, NL, WORM
Tuesday 20th May - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club Games Room
Thursday 22nd May- London, UK - Xiu Xiu & ATP present "The Reds Of Their Eyes" @ Birthdays with Blood Music
Friday 23rd May - Groningen, NL - Lepel Festival
Saturday 24th May - Copenhagen, DK - Jazzhouse with Circuit Des Yeux
Sunday 25th May - Berlin, DE - Volksb_hne with Owen Pallett
Tuesday 27th May - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel
Friday 30th May - Moscow, RU - PIPL with Psychic TV
Satursday 1st June - St Petersburg - RU - Zal Ojidaniya with Psychic TV