XIXA with Ojala Systems

February 15, 2019 8:00 pm
After touring their acclaimed 2016 debut album ‘Bloodline’ all over the world, Tucson’s dark western cumbia outfit XIXA finally returns with a new track and a couple of shows in their home base of Arizona this July. There’s news in the dry and dusty air. Hailed for their glittering, gritty rock blended with psychedelic Peruvian cumbia, XIXA’s already sandy sound gets an even heavier dose of the Sonoran desert. Through subtle hints and imagery, their newly released single casts Tombstone’s iconic western flair into rock’n’roll. Their trademark heavy fuzz guitars duel like The Fight at O.K. Coral, while a frantic, yet impossibly danceable, latin rhythm section pulses below. Originally drafted for Alex Cox’s surreal Western film of same name, ‘Tombstone Rashomon’ took on its own life and is now ready for release. Acclaimed visual artist Daniel Martin Diaz has again lent his vision for the song’s music video.
The video builds a bridge to the upcoming EP “The Code” due January 18th 2019, that advances the next album’s release on May 10.
The debut album ‘Bloodline’ (Glitterhouse/Barbès, 2016) gained widespread media attention, from R2, Rolling Stone, Les Inrocks, Q Magazine, Musikexpress, Sounds and Colours. Listeners heard ‘Bloodline’ songs on KEXP, KCRW, public and indie radios all over Europe like French radio FIP that featured the album as the record of the month. Uncut called the album a “haunting, mesmerising stew” and R2 Magazine “an impossible-to-categorise blend of indie, americana and chicha” from a “superbly eclectic outfit”.
XIXA have been steadily touring since ‘Bloodline’s release in February 2016, between SXSW’s Levitation and Globalfest appearances, Amsterdam’s Paradiso, Brussel’s Botanique, and club and festival shows all over Europe and the US, from Lowlands, BlueBalls Lucerne, Ariano Folk Italy, AHA Festival Santa Fe to the Green River Fest Massachusetts, Crossing Border Den Haag, New York’s Pioneer Works and sold out shows back home in Arizona. The group also appeared at the legendary TV-filmed Festival WDR Rockpalast Crossroads, Germany.
2017 started with XIXA’s Mexico debut at Vive Latino and another four week European run hitting London, Paris, Vienna, Barcelona, Westway Festival Portugal and Paaspop Festival Netherlands, among many others.
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 wide ranging résumé of international credits with the likes of Mexican Institute of Sound, Calexico, X’s John Doe, KT Tunstall, Bob Dylan and Alice Cooper, amongst many others.
After a short breath from the constant touring, the band is back in the studio to work on new material, kicking off a new period with “Tombstone Rashomon”.