| XIXA - VAMPIRO
posted at 10/31/2016
The video’s feverish dream-like character hints also at the mythic side of the American South West, the superstition and black magic. "Lyrically, 'Vampiro' explores ideas of the subconscious. Words were thrown together in a Dada-like fashion... with the concept of Dream vs. Reality threaded throughout. We wanted to make a video that reflected the bizarre framework of the song, so we wrote a lucid treatment and enlisted Daniel and Amelia to make our subconscious thoughts become a reality, so to speak.”
‘Vampiro’ appears on XIXA’s debut album ‘Bloodline’ (Glitterhouse Records) that Uncut called a "haunting, mesmerising stew” and R2 Magazine "an impossible-to-categorise blend of indie, americana and chicha” from a "superbly eclectic outfit”.
XIXA tune in the wild frequency of the Sonoran desert, in glittering, gritty rock’n roll twin lead-guitars blended with psychedelic cumbia. The band hails from the always-flourishing Tucson indie-rock scene where Brian Lopez, Gabriel Sullivan and legendary drummer Winston Watson are also members of the last acclaimed incarnation of Giant Sand and have international credits with the likes of KT Tunstall, Sergio Mendoza, X’s John Doe, Calexico, and even Dylan and Alice Cooper.
The band has been steadily touring since the album’s release in February 2016, between SXSW’s Levitation and Globalfest appearances, Amsterdam’s Paradiso, Brussel’s Botanique, club and festival shows all over Europe including Lowlands, BlueBalls Lucerne, ArianoFolk Italy, but also at AHA Festival Santa Fe and Green River Fest Massachusetts.
The album gained immediate attention, featured on publications such as Uncut, R2, Rolling Stone, Les Inrocks, Q Magazine, Sounds and Colours, and seeing airplay on KEXP, KCRW, and CMJ amongst others. XIXA stands alone as the only American rock band on the World Music Charts in Europe. They are about to play the legendary German TV show WDR Rockpalast and also saw "Bloodine" featured as the record of the month on French public radio FIP.
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