2:54, an up and coming English quartet, was given the place of honor opening for The XX on Saturday, 13 October, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The sound was exquisite, and the band more than did justice to the songs from their self-titled debut LP from this year, (out on Fiction-UK, Fat Possum-US). Colette and Hannah Thurlow are the driving force in the band, augmented by the steady rhythm section of Joel Porter and Alex Robins.
"Scarlet" and "Creeping" were the high points of the set, but, like their LP, the band never drifted far from its comfort zone, maintaining a relatively high bar throughout. Their first LA appearance was at the Troubadour in June, and they managed to bookend this trip with an in-store at Amoeba Records. Looking very forward to their next trip to the States.