The xx are an English indie pop band, formed in Wandsworth, London in 2005. The group released
their debut album, xx in August 2009. The band met whilst studying at Elliott School,
the same school that produced Hot Chip, Burial and Four Tet.
Indie pop, dream pop
Speaking with a New York radio reporter:
"The name was always an aesthetic thing," Croft said.
Sim went on to say:
"It doesn't have a meaning. We just like x's. We made the name before the music,
and I like that it's ambiguous and people can read into it if they want."
Romy Madley Croft - Guitar and Vocals
Oliver Sim - Bass and Vocals
Jamie Smith - Beats and MPC
Baria Qureshi - Keys and Guitar (2005-2009)
Jimi Hendrix, The Slits, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division, Yazoo, Eurythmics, New Order and The Cure.
Also Cocorosie, Electrelane, Cocteau Twins and The Kills.
The xx Quotes
Responding to the influence Elliott School had on their career:
"A teacher from Elliott who had never even taught us said how great we were.
It's a bit annoying. We were left alone, more than anything - although I'm sure that helped us in its own way."