Album Review: The Xcerts – In The Cold Wind We Smile

By on Friday, 27th March 2009 at 2:00 pm

The Xcerts (side)Scottish songsmiths The Xcerts have arrived with an impressive and eagerly awaited debut album, ‘In The Cold Wind We Smile’.

The band, made up of trio Murray Macleod, Jordan Smith and Tom Heron, hail from opposite ends of the U.K., Aberdeen and Exeter.

Meeting at the age of 13 at school in their hometown of Aberdeen, singer Murray and bassist Jordan formed The Xcerts. Things started to take shape when they moved to Brighton in 2006 and met drummer, Tom. Since then the band have played relentlessly throughout the U.K. and gathered a loyal following which has helped them this far.

While recording the album in North Wales produced by Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Idlewild, Ocean Colour Scene) the trio suffered both family and personal heartache. This is reflected in content of the album, which contains some of the most up-front and passionate lyrics I have heard in a debut album. It also effected the band’s point of view; in their own words: “It’s about finding a place where everything will be ok”.

Songs full of hope and looking to the future are uplifting and heartfelt to all. Lead single ‘Crisis in the slow lane’ re-emphasises this with a chorus that epitomises the album.

The Xcerts have written an album that is full of anthemic and unstoppable songs. Songs that make you look to the future, think about the past and songs that you can just connect with.

Whether it is my love of Scottish bands or a personal connection to the lyrics, The Xcerts possess something truly great about them and look set to cement them selves within our music collection after such a shinning debut.

Xcerts (Cover)‘In The Cold Wind We Smile’ is out 30th March through Xtra Mile and King Tuts Recordings. In support of the release the band will be playing a series of free and cheap shows. If you think on record they are amazing live you will be blown away. You can catch them at the below free (or very cheap) shows, including a rather fun looking show on Sunday on Loch Ness.

Sunday 29th March 2009 7.00pm – A Boat, Loch Ness – (Order tickets here or here.
Monday 30th March 4.00pm – 1up, Aberdeen
Tuesday 31st March 5.00pm – Fopp, union street, Glasgow
Wednesday 1st April 5.00pm – Rise, Cheltenham
Thursday 2nd April 6.30pm – Pure Groove, London
Friday 3rd April 6.00pm – Banquet, Kingston

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2 Responses

5:17 pm
27th March 2009

Thursday 2nd April – Pure Groove.
Right, I’m there!

7:25 pm
25th April 2009

I have been following this band for over a year now and I am hooked on their music. Their live perfomances are so full of energy and passion. Go and see them and buy this album. If you like passionate/lyrical/energetic indie pop/rock you won’t be disappointed!

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