Selective Memory Presents
TWO INTIMATE DUBLIN SHOWS – SOLD OUT!
The xx are happy to announce that this May they will be returning to Ireland to play two intimate shows in Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre with independent promoters Selective Memory. It will mark the band’s first time playing a headline show in Ireland since 2013. The band will also be returning to the UK this summer to headline Parklife and All Points East festivals’
‘Minimal plucked guitars, the sparse drums, splashing cymbals and thrumming bass build to an intense crescendo as the band finally join together for a full-throated wall of sound, rhythm and vocals.’ –Huffington Post
‘The xx are truly magical beings.’ – Reverb
The xx are Romy Madley Croft (guitar, vocals), Oliver Sim (bass, vocals) and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC, production), also known as Jamie xx. Their latest Mercury prize nominated release I See You (out now through Young Turks) incorporates all three members’ talents into a new version of their sound, one true to their roots but richer and more varied. ‘Performance’ and ‘Brave For You’ echo The xx’s classic sound with ‘Dangerous’, ‘Say Something Loving’ and ‘On Hold’ allowing producer and DJ Smith to take more control of proceedings than previously. Icy synthesizers meld with distorted guitars, creating an advanced electro-pop experiment mixed with indie rock and R&B.
“It’s the sound of The xx moving out of their natural habitat – the shadows – and towards the more experimental, wide-ranging
palette that producer Jamie ‘xx’ Smith painted… The future looks bright” – Rolling Stone ★★★★
“Where The xx shows were once all stark, black-and-white and moody shadows, now they come in full glorious colour,
with a tropical stage setting and even more self-confidence.” – Consequence of Sound
“I See You pulls off the feat of managing to sound both exactly like The xx and unlike anything they have done before.”
– The Guardian ★★★★
Praise and accolades for the new album add to the momentum already created by their earlier work. Their 2009 debut xx was met with critical and commercial acclaim, appearing on countless best of the year lists, including NME, Uncut, Pitchfork and Rolling Stone. Featuring crowd favourites ‘Intro’,‘Crystalised’ and ‘Shelter’, xx won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize in 2010 and was certified platinum in the UK and Gold in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Canada, United States, Poland, France, Portugal and The Netherlands.
Sophomore LP Coexist (2012) saw The xx strip their already-naked sound, with so few elements to each song that manage to deepen without intruding. Masters of restraint, songs like ‘Chained’, ‘Missing’ and ‘Tides’ build from simple chord progressions, delicate guitar and keyboard ostinatos with the gentle brush of Madley Croft and Sim’s twin vocal sentiments; longing and crumbled romance. Smith’s minimalistic house influence draws a veil around the hushed confessionals and reveals many treasures beneath layers of shimmering sadness.