2009 is set to be quite the year for Aberdeen via Brighton’s finest pop-rockers The Xcerts. With the imminent release of the impeccable ‘Crisis In The Slow Lane’, the tone has been set for what can be expected from the long awaited and highly anticipated debut album ‘In The Cold Wind We Smile’, set for a March 23 release.
‘Crisis In The Slow Lane’ contains everything that is so truly great about The Xcerts. Murray MacLeod, Jordan Smith and Tom Heron make up one of the most promising bands in the UK, and with such delicacies and beautifully constructed verses as well as huge, soaring choruses on display here, the trio are undoubtedly on their way to bigger and better things. ‘Crisis In The Slow Lane’ could quite possibly be mistaken for a highly successful baby-making session between Manchester Orchestra and Biffy Clyro, while a string quartet play beautifully in the background.
Recorded in Wales with Dave Eringa (Idlewild, Manic Street Preachers), ‘Crisis In The Slow Lane’ proves that it should only be a matter of time before The Xcerts are showcasing their unbelievably infectious blend of emo-pop on a much larger scale.
Catch the band at Glasgow’s King Tuts on for the single launch on March 8, with the single coming out the day after. With another excellent band in Jocasta Sleeps supporting, may this reviewer be one of many to strongly advise that you get along and witness something pretty special. If you give Crisis In The Slow Lane a listen beforehand, it is guaranteed that you will be howling the chorus back at young Murray.