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The Xcerts

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- Murray MacLeod (Lead Vocals & Guitar) - Jordan Smith (Backing Vocals & Bass) - Tom Heron (Backing Vocals & Drums) -

In the sleepy town of Beth Page, New Jersey, THE XCERTS may as well have been The Beatles – British AND in a band?! It’s true what they say: Americans LOVE that kind of thing.

Staying in a dorm-like hotel room with a cosy kitchenette for two weeks and recording in a basement studio, The Xcerts’ second album had been coming together for around nine months. But a mere four weeks had passed since the band found out they’d be recording it with the mighty Mike Sapone (Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Public Enemy).

Their debut, ‘In The Cold Wind We Smile’, was recorded with Dave Eringa (Idlewild – ‘100 Broken Windows’) in Wales, and secured the band supports with Funeral For A Friend, My Vitriol, Fightstar, Feeder and Idlewild, and was greeted as warmly by indie-pop fans as fans of heavy rock. Labeling themselves ‘distorted pop’, they had a combination of sweetness and angst akin to a colder, darker, cosier Jimmy Eat World. This time around, though, The Xcerts are a much more ferocious beast – and they’re happy to admit that not everyone’s going to like it.

“If we didn’t sound different, I’d be worried,” frontman Murray Macleod explains. The first album was – as for most new bands – something of a ‘greatest hits’ from the band’s early years, when they were still finding their feet. This time, the album was almost entirely written in a six-week break between tours and as a result paints a much more vibrant picture; a single body of work that makes sense; a proper album that it would seem blasphemous to shuffle.

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