That's exactly how I would describe Xiu Xiu. Can't wait to have that done to me again this Saturday. Come on, Jamie Stewart, I want you to make me want to DIE!
Put the connections together as to why my two theories would prove that Xiu Xiu opening for Swans would be perfect. Jamie Stewart makes you want to die, then Swans actually kills you, then rebirths you. So ritualistic.
First time I ever caught Xiu Xiu live was at Berbati's Pan in Portland back in 2005. I actually showed up to the show to catch the opening act, Okay, which has absolutely nothing in common with Xiu Xiu. Nothing!
Anyway, following Okay and then a second noise outfit (Das Yellow Swans) onto the stage step a guy and a girl who put forth the most awe inspiring performance I've ever witnessed. Not sure I've ever seen someone so entrenched in the noise they were making.
The show ends. I have goosepoops. I'm scared. I'm excited. I'm drained. I head to one of the Portland morgues and embalm two bodies. I'll never be the same.