Monday, October 15, 2012

Space Is The Place: The XX At Hollywood Forever Cemetery

13 OCTOBER, 2012

Hollywood Forever Cemetery has a knack for booking artists that thrive on atmosphere, and in the case of this particular show, could they have picked any act more atmospheric?  The XX have made an indelible impact on the music world in a very short time, and their appearance came on the heels of a brand new LP, Coexist.   Properly tuned up by two support acts, the sold out crowd was straining anxiously when the lights finally dimmed.
Space is a major concern to The XX, and they made the most of it, using the silences for suspense before the dynamic shifts that wowed the crowd.  The band, Oliver Sim, Romy Madley-Croft, and Jamie Smith, managed to work in healthy chunks of both their albums, and their onstage demeanor has grown more assured, evident from the opening "Angels" onward. 
All in all, a triumphant return to Los Angeles, and a nice table-setter for their gig the following day at the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco.

Angels/Heart Skipped A Beat/Fiction/Crystalised/Fantasy/Basic Space/Missing/Reunion/Sunset/Night Time/Swept Away/Shelter/VCR/Islands/Chained/Infinity+Intro/Tides/Stars
(courtesy of Setlist.FM)
middle support act John Talabot
 See the brand new XX video for "Chained" below:

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