Xiu Xiu, Dirty Beaches

Xiu Xiu

Dirty Beaches

Father Murphy

Thu, May 3, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

First Unitarian Church

Philadelphia, PA

$13.00 - $14.00

This event is all ages

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Xiu Xiu
Xiu Xiu
Xiu Xiu, one of the most original bands, is like a synth pop group that doesn't let the shiny happy face of the genre take over. They know the genre is merely a vehicle for expressing the fully intense and anguished emotions they've got bursting out of them. So instead of punchy casios and happy go lucky tunes, the foremost element is this hushed, trembling voice straining towards the epic wail. Yes, it's dramatic but the sincerity of emotion prevents it from becoming melodramatic. Out of the shards of anguish come experimentally structured songs that dart amongst jittery drum machines, wintry minor key piano, fuzzed out noise, clanging percussion. Building new, fresh songs out of raw emotion that might by a lesser band be inarticulate and messy, Xiu Xiu transcend the genre and any of their many influences, which clearly include Joy Division and Talk Talk. These guys are a downer, albeit in a gorgeous, shimmering beautiful way. Killrockstars Records.
Dirty Beaches
Dirty Beaches
Alex Zhang Hungtai, AKA Dirty Beaches, started off as a one man band in 2005 in Montreal. A trans-pacific nomad and genre hopping sound smith, his past releases include drone instrumentals, film scores and a fascination with dissecting popular american music like blues, rockabilly, soul, RNB, and hip hop, often rendering them to the point where its no longer recognizable.

His latest release, Drifters/Love Is The Devil, is a double LP that chronicles the musician’s life on the road over the past 2 years, as we follow him down the rabbit hole through the labyrinths of Berlin, Belgrade, Paris, and many other cities through heartbreak, rebirth and masochistic existential self reflection.

Recorded between Montreal and Berlin in the winter of 2012, the double LP is separated only by aesthetics, as they are tightly woven together thematically as one conceptual piece. If 2011?s Badlands was an exercise in exorcising past ghosts in a semi-fictional world, then Drifters/Love Is The Devil is a reflection on the fragility of reality. One, of the surface world in which he explores the night life of bright neon temptations dwelling in hedonistic irresponsible values, and the other of the inner world, one of remorse and lovelorn tragedies.

As stated by the artist himself, “the most honest piece of music I’ve ever written.” Drifters/Love Is The Devil is out May 21st, 2013 on ZOO MUSIC.
Father Murphy
Father Murphy
Father Murphy is couple, a trio, a no-band.

During live shows Chiara Lee, Vittorio and Freddie work together to play toy instruments, or to play instruments as toys.
While Vittorio plays at the same time a kid-drumset and his old violin, Chiara puts together different sounds taken from any kind of old chinese toys and italian keyboards…and Freddie? Freddie is actually a reverend who sings a song from this world and the other one.

The Trio lived together in Brooklin, New York for a while, then they moved to Berlin. Living now in Italy, they play live shows and make new releases just to spread Book of Revelation’s truth out to the world, even if all this sounds too religious…
Venue Information:
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103
http://www.philauu.org/