By: Cameran Merritt
With their bumping bass and futuristic dream sounds, indie pop band, The XX is taking the underground music world by storm.
Formed in 2008, in London, England, members Jamie Smith, Oliver Sim, Romy Madley Croft, and Baria Qureshi met and started making music together. In late August of 2009, the band released their ‘garage produced’ album entitled XX. Junior, Kimberly Rosario, along with many others say they discovered the group on Tumblr. Gaining fans online not only accounts for a lot of their success, but also made alternative music fans around the world fall in love with the record. XX placed high on many ‘Best of the Year’ charts, including that of The Rolling Stones. Sadly, later that year, Qureshi left the band due to ‘inside problems’.
In early 2010, The XX was invited to play at some of America’s sickest music festivals, including Coachella and Lollapalooza. The popular track ‘Intro’ was not only sampled by Kanye West, but also by Rihanna in her track ‘Drunk on Love’ which later went on to be played during the ending credits of 2012’s Project X.
In December 2011, the group revealed that they would be releasing their second LP that was inspired by club music. “We’ve all come back off tour and been partying a lot more. We left when we were seventeen and missed out on that big part of our lives where everyone else was partying. Club music definitely had an influence on the next record,” Smith said, discussing the sound of the next album.
In June 2012, it was announced that The XX’s sophomore album Coexist would be released later that year in September. Not long after, they released ‘Angels’ as the lead single.
On September 3, 2012, in collaboration with Internet Explorer, The XX released the entire Coexist album to the public to stream on the band’s website until the official worldwide release on September 11th.
The XX is currently on their first tour outside of the UK promoting their album. They’ve scored gigs in places like Vancouver, Canada and throughout the US and Mexico.
I highly recommend the pioneering, tranquil music that The XX creates. If you’re open-minded and looking for some new tunes, definitely check them out; they’re pretty rad.