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When Jim Campbell (PA) and B Hollister (DC) began playing music together in 1997, they had no idea they would spend the next decade attempting to form a band! Sharing powerful post-rock influences such as Shiner, Jawbox, Quicksand, and Kerosene 454, their sound quickly evolved into a precise, rhythmically changing mesh of post-punk and noisy math-rock.
Although actively playing with other bands, they continued collaborating with several talented musicians in hopes of putting together a band of their own. In 2005, Jim and B decided to dive in as a two-piece under the name, Ximena (pronounced, he-men-uh). Using pre-recorded samples, sporadic vocals, and layered guitar loops to fill out the sound, they pushed their creative and musical abilities more than ever and all while overcoming the challenges of living 2 hours apart.
Once friend and neighbor Matt Parthree (PA) joined the band on bass in 2008, the overall sound and forward momentum were instantly propelled. Soon thereafter, Ximena shared stages with the likes of Don Caballero, Knot Feeder, and Jawbox on Cello (to name a few). In 2009, Ximena released a self-titled full-length album on Red Stapler Records and celebrated their CD release party at DC’s Rock and Roll Hotel with friends and fellow label mates, Gist.
After much anticipation and an unexplainable amount of roadblocks, the new Ximena album is expected to be released in the winter of 2014. Being recorded within a complete DIY environment, this album will allow the band to capture their warm, aggressive tones to provide a more natural “live” feel. In addition, long-time friend and musical collaborator, Jason Sunderland, will contribute his talents in the studio.
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