Hey! Manchester presents Gratis: XIXA w/ Jonny Woodhead
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For their new EP The Code, Tucson’s dark, dusty gothic overlords XIXA reached further into the desert, into their instruments, and into their words to carve a more grandiose space for their catchy and latin-tinged psychedelic rock to swell. Now they’re preparing for a new chapter: the release of their upcoming full-length album, Genesis – out in early 2020.
The guitar-slinging six-piece from the deep Southwest combine gritty guitars, the bumping grind of chicha and cumbia, and windswept desert blues into a mesmerising stew. After the acclaimed 2016 debut Bloodline, EP Shift and Shadow, and 2018’s dark western single Tombstone Rashomon, The Code was a natural next step in their evolution. A swirling, raw collection of songs, intense and sun bleached yet shot through with an inky gothic horror. They scan like the long lost soundtrack to a panoramic Tarantino Western; poised, stylish, and menacing. It’s XIXA at their potent, eclectic best.
US and European tours are lined up through 2019 as XIXA continues to spread The Code far and wide. Further touring in 2020 will pave way for the release of Genesis and further cement the band’s legacy as pathfinders towards a ‘New Southwest’.
‘Their desolate Americana, gritty guitars, and cumbia comes together perfectly’ – Kerrang
‘A heavy, reverbed, twangy chicha Spaghetti Western sheen, mystery vocals emerging from the clouds’ – NPR
Local support comes from Jonny Woodhead – frontman of South Island Son. Setting up home in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, the South Island Son boys have had a busy nine months in office. Since their debut sell out gig, the band have been busy picking up airplay on BBC 6 Music and BBC Introducing, and touring in France following their single Down The Slopes as well as cropping up at festivals during the summer.