The xx Biography
The xx started out as a Synth-Rock four-piece collective, in 2005 in London, ENGLAND, consisting of vocalist + guitarist Romy Madley Croft, vocalist + bassist Oliver Sim, keyboardist + guitarist Baria Qureshi and beatmaker Jamie Smith.
Their sound, a minimalist mix of post-Punk, dream Pop, Indie-Rock and
R&B, soon captured the attention of the international media and their
debut album, "xx" preceded by the single "Crystalised",
was released in August 2009 to critical acclaim.
Before the year's end Baria Qureshi left the group; some reports claimed exhaustion was the culprit, but Sim said in an interview that it was a calculated decision made by the rest of the band.
"xx" peaked at #3 in the U.K. and reached the #92 position on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart while the lead-off single, "Crystalised", pierced the Alternative Rock chart at #37 in the fall of 2010.
In September 2012 the south London trio released "Coexist", an album of confident adult reflection which debuted at #1 in Great Britain. The first single, "Angels", a perfectly distilled love song, stopped just short of the U.K. top 40 and reached #33 on the Billboard's Rock Songs list. "Coexist" also became a top 5 on The Billboard 200 and peaked at #2 on Australian ARIA Albums chart.