Live Review: The XX @ Showbox SoDo 4/12

photos by Christopher Nelson

photos by Christopher Nelson

Last Monday night, London’s dream pop and indie rock The XX visited Seattle for the first time, and presented an act as part of their tour for the Pacific Northwest. Guitarist Romy Madley Croft, bassist Oliver Sim and mixer Jamie Smith who started back in 2005, and released their eponymous debut album last August, are now visiting the United States and Canada to support their music, which is almost hard to categorize as they have a mixture of genres.

With the Showbox SoDo packed, and a very excited audience, The XX began to play “Intro,” streaming the guitar, bass, and mixing post-punk and soul, but turned it quickly into their very first single, “Crystalised.” The crowd responded cheerfully as no one was expecting that to be the first song of the night. The show went on with “VCR,” “Island” and “Heart Skipped A Beat,” then the band took a few minutes to share their appreciation as they were visiting Seattle for the first time and had a place packed for them.

Then, the night continued with “Fantasy,” “Shelter,” their second single “Basic Space,” and “Teardrops.” I was surprised to see the great reception they had from the audience and how everyone sang along to each melody they played and danced to their driving rhythms. After a short break, the band returned to close the night with “Infinity,” “Night Time,” and “Stars,” leaving the crowd eager for more, me being one of them, after the fabulous concert.

Although The XX is a relatively new band, they have already become hugely popular and are now selling out many shows on their current tour. Their hectic schedule has taken a toll: at the end of 2009, they lost keyboardist/guitarist Baria Qureshi due to exhaustion, yet the three remaining members have decided to continue on and and keep up with all their upcoming shows. If you missed this concert at Showbox SoDo, The xx will be back in the area during Memorial Day weekend to play the Sasquatch Festival, and I completely recommend you see them if you are planning to go.

View more of Christopher Nelson’s photos here.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted April 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Great photos, but definitely not their 1st time in Seattle.

  2. Posted April 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    I am sorry. I really thought they said so when they talked to the audience. Maybe they meant as a three piece?

  3. cut_here
    Posted April 20, 2010 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    they opened for Friendly Fires in November (also played a Sonic Boom instore) and the comment you’re thinking of was probably when they said that Sodo was much different than Neumos, not that they’d never been here before.

  4. Christopher
    Posted April 20, 2010 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Think they said it was their first time headlining in Seattle...

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