The xx at Snug Harbor Music Hall in Staten Island (Taken with Instagram) August 6, 2012
Amazingly enough, Monday night was my first time seeing The xx. And I was amazed by them. The Snug Harbor Music Hall is a venue I’ve never been to before on Staten Island. It had lovely untreated brick walls and during the set Oliver Sim informed the crowd it was celebrating it’s 120th birthday this year.
By all accounts it was very similar in execution to their Terminal 5 set, although that venue lent more of a dancing around thump-thump air to the band’s set where Snug Harbor felt like an intimate, dark, quiet performance.
The started with the amazing “Angels” from their to be released album and went through every song on their debut album. They did not play the new track they released the day following the show, “Chained.”
The combination of screen projections and reworkings of some of their older songs in that particular venue gave the set the occasional hint of goth. One projection that was a pot of boiling oil especially invoked Disintegration era The Cure. Overall there were more guitar chords that sounded influenced by the Jesus and Mary Chain in the live setting than I’ve ever noticed on their album. Not a bad thing, but a surprising one.