Follow Xiu Xiu on Twitter. Like Xiu Xiu on Facebook. Follow Xiu Xiu on Instagram. Purchase Xiu Xiu music via Polyvinyl. Forget will be released on February 24. The following interview is with Jamie Stewart, only.
How would you describe the overall process in putting together Forget?
For the previous record we did, Angel Guts: Red Classroom, we had a very strict set of rules for it which we really enjoyed working within – and so we thought for the next record, we would just create a different set of very strict rules and work within those. We tried for probably, almost close to two years of just different configurations or different sets of restrictions and none of them really seemed to be yielding anything. After two years really not having anything to show for that much work was a little disheartening and a little frightening considering that we needed to get on tour again.
So, essentially we just said OK, having restrictions is obviously not working in this moment. We went completely the opposite route which was to be completely unconscious or subconscious or sort of driven by the supernatural and to just let the muse kind of completely dictate everything – and to think about it as little as possible. Everything came together really quickly. Probably within four or five months or something – usually we just work very steadily and very slowly but I think having been so pent up without any sort of results and then finally kind of opening the floodgates in the opposite direction, it actually made it come together rather easily. Because we went about it in an unconscious way, I don’t really remember working on it all that much.