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Watch Xiu Xiu perform the music of Twin Peaks

07 July 2015, 10:03 | Written by Laurence Day

Experimental noise outfit Xiu Xiu were commissioned by the Gallery of Modern Art in Australia to reinterpret the music of Twin Peaks to accompany the David Lynch: Between Two Worlds exhibition.

Speaking about the project, the band's Jamie Stewart said:

"The music of Twin Peaks is everything that we aspire to as musicians and is everything that we want to listen to as music fans. It is romantic, it is terrifying, it is beautiful, it is unnervingly sexual. The idea of holding the ‘purity’ of the 1950s up to the cold light of a violent moon and exposing the skull beneath the frozen, worried smile has been a stunning influence on us. There is no way that we can recreate Badalamenti and Lynch’s music as it was originally played. It is too perfect and we could never do its replication justice. Our attempt will be to play the parts of the songs as written, meaning, following the harmony melody but to arrange in the way that it has shaped us as players."

You can now watch a 14-minute extract from their show (18 April) at the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque, performing "The Pink Room/Blue Frank", "Sycamore Trees", "The Bookhouse Boys" and "Packard’s Vibration".

There's also a new video with the band talking about the whole project that you can watch afterwards, which features a few more snippets of noise.

You can find out more on the Welcome To Twin Peaks site.

If you wanna catch them playing the music of Twin Peaks in the UK - you bloody can.


3 - Bristol, UK, The Lantern
4 - Leeds, UK, Howard Assembly Room
5 - Gateshead, UK, The Sage Gateshead
6 - Liverpool, UK, The Kazimier
7 - Brighton, UK, Komedia
8 - London, UK, St. John at Hackney Church

Twin Peaks is getting a new series next year, despite some behind-the-scenes turmoil, and original composer Angelo Badalamenti will be returning.

Check out the Xiu Xiu videos below.

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