Four years ago, inspired by Peruvian Cumbia, Brian and Gabe dedicated themselves to the exploration of the hard edge, guitar-driven trippy cumbia popular in the Amazon and the poorest barrios of Lima.
After a few years of playing as Chicha Dust – and becoming one of Tucson’s most popular band in the process – the group renamed itself XIXA and started writing all new material, mixing their rocking past and their passion for psychedelic cumbia – a sort of desert rock with a Latin edge and a strong taste for hallucinogenic experimentation.
XIXA’s debut EP, Shift and Shadow, consists of three original songs and a cover of the Meat Puppets’ Plateau (popularized by Nirvana). Their own songs include the title track, Shift and shadow, which mixes the experimentation of alternative rock with Chicha hooks; the downtempo Dead Man which showcases a more introspective side of the band, and La Cumbia del Paletero which is, you guessed it, a cumbia.
In all, a perfect introduction to a multifaceted, unclassifiable band.
Their debut album, Bloodline, will be released in February. (vinyl, CD and Digital)
Watch for appearances at APAP, in January, and SXSW.