The xx - Live Gallery At Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Photos by Richard Gray

"For a band that embodies the word “understatement”, The xx sure know how to put on a show. Albeit in a nonchalant, understated way. The stage is a dimly-lighted aquarium peopled by three silhouettes, partially obscured behind an opaque curtain. The sparse, echoing guitar line of ‘Angels’ cuts through the chatter and silences the crowd as all eyes focus on the shadowy figure with the trademark, breathy voice. Beats like muffled bombs drop into the audio-visual landscape, accompanied by rapidly-flickering white lights, and the curtain falls in a sudden shimmering wave. It’s one hell of an entrance."

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