The XX @ Audio, 27/10/09
One of Brighton’s best sound systems had the pleasure of hosting one of Britain’s most exciting bands this week as The XX came to town, bringing their growing hype with them. Packed to the rafters, the venue provided the suspense that usually accompanies such an exciting new band and fortunately for those who attended, The XX did not disappoint.
When Londoners usually come to Brighton, they adorn themselves with clichéd L plates of yet another hen/stag to the slaughter, but dressed all in black, lead singers Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim cut quite the different figure. The crowd could be forgiven for thinking that four ‘chav’ roadies had entered the stage, until the lights dimmed and those who judged them were forced to eat humble, humble pie.
As soon as they first note was struck they oozed the style and class not usually associated with this ilk. Modest as can be, they entertained from start to finish, even fitting in an exquisite cover of the Womack and Womack track Teardrops before elegantly leaving the stage, reputation magnified 10 fold. With an eclectic mix of expertly performed synthesiser and rumbling bass lines, their style of music is unfamiliar yet delightful.
This band are definitely one with a bright future and if you have yet to hear them, check them out at myspace.com/thexx.