THE XX play their first ever headline show in a tiny venue, with no guest list!
The London quartet, featuring the dual lead vocals of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim (who also play lead guitar and bass guitar respectively), Baria Qureshi (keyboards and guitar) and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC sampler).
These four nineteen and twenty year olds are childhood friends who formed while attending south west London’s Elliot School – the comp whose alumni also includes such acclaimed boundary-pushers as Burial, Four Tet and Hot Chip.
Bonding over a shared love of dark, emotive 80s guitar sounds and the high-end sheen of American R&B, The xx’s unique sound befits a band whose wide range of influences include everything from Aaliyaah to Cocorosie, Rhianna to The Cure, Missy Elliot to The Chromatics and Mariah Carey to The Pixies.
These influences combine via beautiful, hushed vocal duets and a brilliantly inventive use of samples and low-end frequencies to produce a stark, sweet melancholic pop.
The band’s debut album is due for release on the show day on XL Recordings imprint Young Turks.
Trailer Trash Tracys, straddle the line between darkness and light, of dissonance and melody. Hailing from London and only a hand full of gigs old, the vocals of Susanne Aztoria and guitarist Jimmy-Lee create discordantly beautiful, dreamily fragile music which always seems to be hovering perpetually on the brink of collapse. Absorbing everything from woozy lo-fi atmospherics to even the SoCal surf pop of Dick Dale and the Shadows, the band conjures a beguiling maelstrom of duelling contrasts like no other. The real rub, however, comes with Susanne’s vocals, which sound like ghostly transmissions from another metaphysical plane and channel the spirits of both Nico and Joe Meek simultaneously on the starkly beautiful love song “You Wish You Were Red”.