San Jose-based synth/noise outfit Xiu Xiu (normally a trio, tonight a duo) performed a free show at Eclectic House tonight, to a largely mixed reception. Many (and the house was nearly full, on a Wednesday night during midterms/paper week, no less) were genuinely enthralled by the group’s singular blend of electro beats, noise guitar, and hyper-emotive vocals. Others—perhaps distracted by academic concerns, or seduced by the “free show” tag with little interest in the music, or disengaged by the lack of a visible stage and active band/crowd interaction—expressed boredom by talking loudly during the quiet bits. Thanks for coming.
Regardless, Xiu Xiu got the last laugh: the band closed the show with a 15-minute guitar/synth/cymbal drone piece that cycled well past the P-Safe-dictated midnight end time. Stay tuned for another Method Mag video roundup (show footage coupled with backstage interview), and click past the jump for some more photos.