photos by Amanda Hatfield
Xiu Xiu @ LPR
Xiu Xiu are on the road and intersected with Japanese noise artist Merzbow and Gentle for a show at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday night (9/26). Ecstatic Sunshine, who was originally scheduled to play, had to bow out of the show due to illness.
The show was one of three NYC gigs scheduled for Merzbow. The noise terrorist also attacked Issue Project Room twice on Thursday (9/23).
Merzbow, a/k/a Masami Akita, has been making noise since the late 1970s and last night he gave a more than 45-minute cacophonous performance. He performed with long hair swaying across his sunglass-clad face, sometimes sitting, sometimes hunched over his instruments with their "Meat is Murder" stickers, unfurling sonic textures so intense the guy next to me had his head in his hands. Indeed, that's what his music does--it's so oppressive that the room shakes and you start to hear echoes inside your brain. But listening to the music is only one-part of the noise experience. Coming out of the performance clear-headed and stronger than when you entered is just as integral.-[Village Voice]Xiu Xiu's tour will loop back to the NYC area on 10/15, when the avant/experimental band will hit Maxwell's. Tickets are on still sale.
More pictures from LPR, and a video of Merzbow at IPR, below...
Merzbow - Le Poisson Rouge 9/26/10