“Friend to the Unknown” via Noisey
Catch Their Track “Noir State Beach” on
CW’s The Originals on Monday, October 6th
Los Angeles + San Francisco Dates In October
“Xu Xu Fang’s music is so moody and emotional that it almost demands a visual accompaniment.” – Rolling Stone
“Friend to the Unknown” is a sublime slow build—feathery, sun-flared vocals over parsed back, delicate instrumentation layer and layer to a psychedelic explosion, full of My Bloody Valentine-worthy swells.” – VICE’s Noisey
“Enormous, dark, psychedelic, and beautiful, Xu Xu Fang is full of meditative moods that haunt the diaphanous triangle formed by Pink Floyd, Radiohead, and Sigur Ros.” – The Onion
“Stunningly beautiful moments amidst the chaotic buildup of spiraling distorted guitars.” – Consequence of Sound
Los Angeles’ psychedelic, rock and electronic group Xu Xu Fang have just released the track and video for “Friend to The Unknown”. Watch this beautifully abstract, kaleidoscopic journey via VICE’s Noisey and hear the song on Pure Volume. Download and listen to the track for free via SoundCloud. We are also excited to share that Xu Xu Fang’s track “Noir State Beach” will run on CW’s The Originals Season Premiere on Monday, October 6th.
Reuben Wu, an accomplished photographer and founding member of British electronic pop band Ladytron, directed the music video. Wu described it as “…a story of sublime moments, vast landscapes and immense forces of nature. It was important that it echoed the sonic geography of this dark and dreamy song.”
Xu Xu Fang, are a dark-and-brooding, slow-and-rolling musical experience like something you’d hear at a Laserium show or listen to on big headphones in the back of a conversion van. The first single and video, “Noir State Beach”, from the band’s upcoming, 2014 full-length album, (featuring guest duet vocals and bass guitar by Michael Shuman of Queens of the Stone Age) premiered on RollingStone.com.
Hailed as “local innovators,” by the Los Angeles Times, Xu Xu Fang’s 12” debut single, These Days, received initial praise in the UK’s MOJO Magazine; the same place where producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Bobby Tamkin, enjoyed similar overseas success as a member of The Warlocks. Television show Gossip Girl licensed multiple songs from the self-released EP, skyrocketing it to #3 on Amazon’s Psychedelic Rock Album Chart.
The band recorded a version of The Cure’s Fascination Street for a The Cure tribute record. A mainstay on Sex Pistols Steve Jones’s radio show Jonesy’s Jukebox, and featured on USA Today. The single, “Your Way”, premiered on Gossip Girl, and was named, Today’s Top Tune, during KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. Seven Days Now hit #1 on Amazon’s Trip Hop Album chart, and #4 on Amazon’s Psychedelic Rock Album chart. This reignited interest in The Mourning Son, giving Xu Xu Fang 3 Top 5 chart positions on Amazon.
Enter Queens of the Stone Age bass player Michael Shuman. Upon hearing Xu Xu Fang’s new album in progress, Shuman joined the band in the studio, recording bass and duet vocals on several of the band’s new songs. Excited with what he heard, producer/mixer, Alain Johannes, known for his work with QOTSA, Chris Cornell, and Arctic Monkeys, took an interest in Xu Xu Fang, and contributed mixes to the upcoming full-length record.
See the band perform live this fall. Dates are below.
10/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
10/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Hotel Utah