IAMX will engage in a special digital performance of the debut album Kiss + Swallow through StageIt on May 31. “All IAMX songs were written on a guitar or a piano,” he explains. “I thought it might be nice to play those songs how they were written, so I have decided to attempt a small online acoustic performance.” To be broadcast from his newfound home of Los Angeles, CA, Corner will revisit the lushness of his 2004 debut and strip it down to its barest nature. “I’ll be using an acoustic guitar, a loop pedal and some FX, hopefully to create a more interesting sound than just a standard unplugged show.” This digital performance marks a return for IAMX, which was put on hold for nearly a year after Chris Corner was diagnosed with chronic insomnia, depression, and anxiety. “During this time, I had no will to be creative and all touring was cancelled.” Corner cancelled his world tour and isolated himself as he learned to cope with his modified lifestyle. “During my ‘time out,’ one of the only musical things I did was play acoustic guitar,” he explains. “It reminded me of why I started making music as a kid… the hypnotic simplicity… I’ve been sick, broke, and reclusive. Now I am healing.” As part of the healing process, Corner made the move from Berlin to Los Angeles: “I’m at a point in my life where I can’t stomach anymore dark, oppressive Northern European winters,” he winces. “The winter would always be the time when I would have to work on new material, so the seasonal black mood combined with the emotional writing roller coaster just became too much. In LA, I can count on climate consistency… on beautiful sunsets, geographical pleasure, amazing food, and Californian smiles. It gives me a chance to get back on the ‘stable’ track before I throw myself into another IAMX record. I am experimenting with the acoustic approach while I’m in LA. It’s become a stimulating exercise in purity,” Corner says, looking to the future. “If the [acoustic] shows develop well, I would love to release something… perhaps an EP of new acoustic songs or an album with old and new performed this way. Last year was a disturbing time, I’m glad to have that nonsense behind me and be moving forward. I’m not sure if I’m fully ready to be fully X again, but I have missed him.”
Tickets and further information about the show can be viewed via the StageIt website at https://www.stageit.com/IAMX.