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Purveyors of 'emo-R&B' at Shoreditch's Village Underground

PUBLISHED: 19:00 24 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:07 05 October 2010

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SOUTH west London quartet The xx follow up a string of critical successes with a gig at Shoreditch s Village Underground next Wednesday. The band, not to be confused with XX Teens, features the dual lead vocals of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim, who al

SOUTH west London quartet The xx follow up a string of critical successes with a gig at Shoreditch's Village Underground next Wednesday.

The band, not to be confused with XX Teens, features the dual lead vocals of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim, who also play lead guitar and bass respectively, Baria Qureshi on keyboards and guitar and Jamie Smith in charge of the beats and MPC sampler.

The four 19 and 20-year-olds are childhood friends from the Elliot School which has turned out the likes of Burial, Four Tet and Hot Chip.

Bonding over a shared love of dark, emotive 80s guitar sounds and the high-end sheen of American R&B, The xx's influences include Aaliyaah, The Cure, Missy Elliott, The Pixies and Mariah Carey.

The band play at the Village Underground in Holywell Lane next Wednesday. Tickets cost £12.50 from www.ticketweb.co.uk or 08444 771 000.

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