“calls out to those seeking sweet vibrations that are not only addictive, but genuine.”
– All Things Go
Xoe Wise Band shares new single “Dollhouse” via All Things Go, who says the track “pulls from a similar, alternative well once tapped by the likes of Garbage and Metric.” Xoe explains that the track is about “not always about being happy… We all need to go to this island in our head sometimes, even if it’s not a happy place. And currently it’s a time when we all need to come together to fix our country and that’s going to take both checking in and checking out.”
The band will be playing a show in their hometown Chicago on Thursday, October 26th at Emporium Arcade.
In the process of making her latest album, Chicago singer-songwriter Xoe Wise discovered that sometimes the deepest cuts come when you open the Wounds. The 13 to-be-released tracks show Wise’s most confident voice yet, as she further evolves from her folk pop beginnings to a defiant brand of alternative rock with a growing electronic belly that could fit well within the leagues of Metric, Wolf Alice, and Garbage.
Songs like “Old Seattle” and “Carbon and Lace” display some of Wise’s most transparent and rawest of songwriting. “Made in Seattle” she says, Wise grew up in a household of addiction that resulted in anxiety in her adulthood that later turned into empathy and self-awareness.
“I know my mom suffered from anxiety, she dealt with it in some pretty intense ways and honestly the older I get the more I understand,” says Wise. “At the same time this intensity really hurt me so I try to stay healthy. But we are not that different from anything that touches our lives as children. Just look back at generations and generations. This is scary and beautiful, and most of all, both.”
“Carbon and Lace” stems from the result of a failed relationship where all signs pointed to “yes” in it’s picture-perfect appearance, but wasn’t. Wise realized she wasn’t able to accept love and instead held onto an unsatisfied courtship that made her feel angry and impatient.
“Relationships have a way of holding a mirror to your face”, she says. “Who do you think of when you touch yourself ? What about when you’re high? Does it have anything to do with your reality? I felt almost conditioned to be unsatisfied. It wouldn’t have been so frustrating if I wasn’t so aware.”
But as real as Wise gets, she also touches on fantasy with track “Back on Earth” about an alien lover in digital limbo. Wise falls with grace on the tenderized “Side Effects,” after finding her alternative spirit animal on the opening track “Dollhouse,” which sounds like a lost Veruca Salt / Garbage collaboration. The album ends with the retro French noir of “Armor Amore” and a reconcepted version of fastball single “Crocodile Tamed.” A bonus track offers an acoustic take on “Carbon and Lace.”
To achieve the heavier, textured sounds on Wounds, Wise worked closely with producer Howie Beno (Ministry, Depeche Mode) and assembled a full supporting band including guitarists Steve Stone and Pat McKillen, drummer Max Shreffler, and her Kinky Love bandmate Dan Zima on bass, synths, and programming.
Wounds follows 2015 album Racecar Orgasm and an accompanying Foreplay EP and continues to build on the trajectory the North Carolina native first established in 2009 with the debut Echo. The year 2012 welcomed folk pop standout Archive of Illusions (which reached #41 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart and was promoted to the “New and Noteworthy” section), while the 2013 minimalist alt rock EP Breakfast reached #20 on iTunes’s songwriter charts. The latter offered a collaboration with MC Nikki Lynette, “Too Young,” that qualified for NPR’s NewSong Regional Finals.
On each of her records, Wise has continued to build her relationship with prominent media including Chicago Tribune Redeye that called an early single “spiritual,” Chicago Innerview who recognized Wise as “the singer/songwriter and pop counterpart to Toro Y Moi’s chill-wave synth ballads” and The Deli Chicago that named Wise a best emerging artist of 2012. Most recently in 2015, Baeble Music praised Racecar EP track “Where Do You Go” as “a dance hall track for your bedroom.”
Wise has also been a Tunecore featured artist and enjoyed spotlights on MTV, WGN television, Fearless Radio, and WLUW college radio.
The road is where Wise really thrives, logging considerable hours playing gigs from Hotel Café in Los Angeles to the House of Blues in Chicago. She previously toured with Lisa Loeb, Greg Laswell, Tyrone Wells, Daley, Tim Fite—and once had Microsoft foot the bill for her headlining 25-date tour. Recently, Wise was selected to open for Wild Belle in August for 101WKQX Queued-Up sold-out showcase.