This week Mar Vista, California’s Xu Xu Fang released their new single “Noir State Beach” (via Consequence of Sound) and a new video for the track as well. Watch actor Luke Grimes (True Blood, Fifty Shades of Grey) get stalked along the streets of LA courtesy of Rolling Stone.
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. A quintet comprised of drummer/songwriter/producer Bobby Tamkin (previously in The Warlocks), guitarist Devin Johnson, keyboardist Lisa Fendelander, bassist Kyle Hines, lead vocalist Sinosa Micik and recently added Derek Muro on synthesizers, Xu Xu Fang has previously shared the stage with Warpaint, A Place To Bury Strangers, Duke Spirit and more.
The “Noir State Beach” video was directed by long-time Spike Jonze collaborator Casey Storm, who as costume designer, marked his fourth feature film collaboration with Jonze on the Academy Award winning film “Her.” Storm has previously designed costumes for Jonze’s acclaimed films “Where The Wild Things Are,” “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation.” He has worked on a wide range of music videos for artists including Michael Jackson, Metallica, Beck, The Beastie Boys, The Cure, Bjork, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs to list just a few.
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 vocals on several of the band’s new songs, even singing duet lead vocals on many of the tracks.
Excited with what he heard, producer/mixer, Alain Johannes, known for his work with QOTSA, and Arctic Monkeys, took an interest in Xu Xu Fang, and contributed mixes to the upcoming full-length record, to be released later this year. Be on the look out for the new album and Xu Xu Fang’s upcoming shows, including one next week at LA’s SIR on April 3rd.
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