Earlier this year, Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu and Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater announced they were forming a band called Blue Water White Death, named after a 1971 documentary about some bros looking for sharks in Australia. More than a fun exercise to see if Shearwater’s plaintive style meshes with Xiu Xiu’s experimental freakouts, they’ll be releasing their self-titled debut record on October 12 from Graveface. The cover art, shown to the side, is kind of creepy but it matches song titles like “The End of Sex” and “Rendering the Juggalos.” Do you think they’re going to the Gathering this year?
John Congleton, who produced stuff for St. Vincent and Modest Mouse, manned the boards for the album. Below is the tracklist and Xiu Xiu’s “Gray Death,” off the aptly-titled Dear God, I Hate Myself.
1. This Is the Scrunchyface of My Dreams
2. Song for the Greater Jihad
3. Grunt Tube
4. Nerd Future
5. The End of Sex
6. Death for Christmas
8. Rendering the Juggalos