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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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  • drummerEric

    But then again, The Xcerts' lead singer Murray is featured on the track Youth Is Wasted On The Young by Architects as guest vocalist, so they help eachother out :)

    4 Jan 9:34pm Reply
  • drummerEric

    the architects feature is absolutely mindblowing [2]

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • BlackieDammett

    It's my first listen of The Xcerts and I'm very impressed. Great music. But they remind me of a song I listend some weeks ago. Unfortunatly I don't know whose song it is. Can someone name me (semi-)known Bands in the style of The Xcerts? I'm not sure, but I think I heard the said song in german radio or on a soundtrack of a movie. Please help me! I think everybody knows how frustrating it is when you have a song in your head and don't know what song it is.

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • hdmackay

    New album is super catchy with some big choruses but that's about it. Definitely nothing compared to the other two.

    27 Oct 2014 Reply
  • sfnprl

    the architects feature is absolutely mindblowing

    29 Mar 2014 Reply
  • DerekMcA

    so corny.

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • mauriciocaton

    this shit is fucking epic

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Christophogo

    found these today - bloody good find.

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • NellyaNels

    Отличная группа.

    15 Jan 2013 Reply
  • H2ONeon

    one of the best live bands i've ever seen

    5 Aug 2012 Reply
  • chump86

    obviously one of the best records i've ever listened to so far. fast and slow, loud and quiet. not to mention this absolutely perfect voice. goddamnit, i fucking love this.

    31 Jul 2012 Reply
  • fuzzle3

    Odd, Scatterbrain is like... my favourite thing ever. Each to their own I suppose.

    16 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ChairmanBlao

    I've tried really hard but I just don't like Scatterbrain. Any of it. Not one song but I love In The Cold Wind We Smile. Why?

    21 Mar 2012 Reply
  • chump86

    Briliant!

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • fuzzle3

    White Christmas cover is eerily good.

    15 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Superbanane

    Had some kind of private show yesterday in Warsaw, amazing.

    15 Dec 2011 Reply
  • jossy99

    Really hoping Tear me down makes it onto the January setlist

    3 Dec 2011 Reply
  • kryptonite22

    loving the alt versions on the slackerpop digi ep. also loving the fact that theyre supporting brand new in feb.

    1 Dec 2011 Reply
  • bodyinflight

    They are signed to XtraMile so they are indie really.

    30 Oct 2011 Reply
  • IteImJames

    This is GREAT

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
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