Sat, May 6, 2017
Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
Merriweather Post Pavilion
$40.00 - $55.00
This event is all ages
Attention: Parking at Merriweather for 2017 has Changed! All ticketholders NEED to pre-select parking (or decline parking) once tickets have been purchased. Once you’ve completed your ticket transaction, you’ll receive a confirmation email with link to select your parking. Please do so in advance so you have a parking lot assignment and ticket when you arrive for the show.
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For Jamie, this manifested itself most pertinently in becoming a solo, if still xx-branded artist with his sensational club suite, In Colour. True to title, solo Jamie may yet turn out to be The xx’ s Wizard of Ozmoment, as Romy and Oliver witnessed vicariously what they might now look like in technicolour. “Jamie’ s record had a big effect on me,” says Romy. “It was the sense of being outside of something you’ d been involved in but then also being involved because Oliver and I are on the album. Observing it, I found, made me appreciate what I do a lot more. I did feel like I was missing something, too. I’ m not ashamed to say that either, even though it was a weird feeling. There was so much pride and admiration in what Jamie had done but at the same time it could be weird to see him on stage at Alexandra Palace, with my voice playing through the speakers and I’ m standing in the crowd. It was odd. But it also inspired a hunger. I wasn’ t complacent. It was inspiring me to think OK, Jamie’ s going to come back so let’ s have some great songs for him. We’ re not the most obvious front-people. We didn’ t grow up dreaming about that. But I do really enjoy it.” Adds Oliver, “I’ ve really missed it. And I didn’ t realise that I would miss it so much. It did come as a surprise. I get a lot of confidence from doing it and it was hard not having that for a while.”Work on I See You began in earnest with conversations between Oliver and Romy while Jamie was making then promoting In Colour. For second album Coexist the trio had locked themselves away in a small room in Angel, Islington, refusing to play anything to outsiders until they deemed it ready. “It was made in a weird, dark place for all of us,” says Jamie. Three introverts getting used to being stared at and scrutinised was always going to be difficult emotional territory to surf. The first xx record, released when Romy and Oliver were still teens, had sold in disproportionate quantities to the local scale of its ambition, finding a global audience that wildly surpassed everyone’ s expectations. “Everyone kept telling us this is moving really fast,” says Oliver. “And in the moment I’ m not sure we believed it,” adds Romy. The xx have sold 2.7million records the world over. They have platinum and gold discs amassed from across Europe, the Americas, Australia. They’ re one of only three British bands – the others being One Direction and Mumford & Sons –to have a gold certified debut album in the USA in the last decade. Their multimillion streaming and social media stats are dizzying. If this wasn’ t supposed to happen, I See You sounds like the concession not just that it did, but furthermore that it was meant to. The construction of the third xx record could not have differed further from its predecessor. They travelled to Los Angeles, Marfa, Texas, New York, Iceland. After a road trip in which they played soft rock all the way from Portland to LA, they decamped to a studio in the Hollywood Hills and recorded repentant party-boy apologia, Replica there and then. The dappled sunlight of yacht-rock is a new texture for The xx. I See You is full of them, from Oliver’ s afrobeat bass lead on the defiant garage opener, Dangerous, to Romy’ s playful purr in I Dare You. When he added the Hall & Oates sample from I Can’t Go For ThattoI See You’ s first single, On Hold– as close as The xx will ever likely get to a certified pop banger – Jamie says an employee from the studio caught him dancing by himself to it, “which was embarrassing.” It is at these eureka moments that the expert producer knows he has located the exact specialness of his pop operation. With their unforeseen reach, The xx have quietly become trusted hands across the wider pop hemisphere. Romy has written with Kelela, Jamie famously produced for Drake and Alicia Keys. They curated their own festival, Night and Day, extending branches from London to Berlin and Lisbon. Oliver would make sure to be on site first thing every morning, to greet each artist they had booked individually. Part of the strive for self-improvement that demarks the new arc for The xx on I See You comes from their faithful devotion to music not just as artists but as fans, too. While living in LA for a spell, Romy attended writing camps of the sort designated to factory fashion hits for the megastars of the day, including a session with hit-maker for hire Ryan Tedder. Though
forever intrigued by it, this is categorically not The xx’ s world, and it should be noted that every song on I See You is written solely by The xx. “We’ ve always really loved pop and for this record we were trying to find new ways of doing things,” she says. “It was terrifying but I think I knew it was going to be horrible and I wanted that. I knew it was going to be a test.” Making the record, Oliver says, “was about us becoming less self-conscious of how we think we are expected to sound and more about making the kind of music we want to hear.”“I really enjoyed not feeling so clenched,”adds Romy. While Romy was learning the whys and wherefores of the hit factory and Jamie toured his solo record, Oliver fronted campaigns for the esteemed menswear wing of French fashion house Dior. “This is all so far out of what we usually do,” he says. The xx were once a lesson in beautiful compression, of looking inward, a study in quietude and subtlety. They are three best friends who obsessed together, drifted apart and found an invigorated new meaning and purpose with I See You. The mirrored packaging of the record is there for a reason. I See You is a record about falling in love with one another, all over again, a minor key Musketeers moment for Romy, Oliver and Jamie. It feels like the start of a new dawn for The xx. The record ends with the song Test Me, a unified declaration of how much that love can hurt but how, when it chimes in tandem, there is nothing that can quite match it. “It’ s strange to like the record as much as I like it,” says Jamie. “It’ s about seeing reflections of yourself in other people. It’ s basically us understanding each other better. Being pals again. We went through lots of ways of saying that and I See You seemed the best.”I See You feels like a love letter scripted to themselves, celebrating a marriage that works for better and for worse and on this unusual occasion, would like to tell the world about it. “I never think about people watching or the audience in any way, really,” says Jamie, “I think about the moments on stage and the moments when we come off stage, of us just enjoying ourselves as friends. I don’ t even think about how it’ s going to go down on stage. I just like the memories I have of us being on stage.”“They are,” says Romy, “the best.”“Communication has not always been easy with us,” says Oliver, “But we’ re learning. The thought of sharing the stage together again is perfect. We’ re all ready”.
Following the release of 'Dual' Sampha came fourth in the BBC 'Sound Of 2014' list.
Sampha's highly anticipated debut album, Process, will be released on February 3rd on Young Turks. Singles 'Blood On Me', 'Timmy's Prayer' and '(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano' are available now.
'(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano' was named Best New Track by Pitchfork.
“His maturity, both artistically and emotionally, came from finding his true self at the piano bench. But even when Sampha offers up a sentimental pop ballad, he hasn’t lost hints of his edge.” - PITCHFORK
Sampha will be performing live throughout 2017, including a run of UK shows (26th-29th March) that will include a sold out London show at Roundhouse venue on 29th March. He has also recently been announced to perform at Coachella, Primavera Sound and NOS Primavera festivals later in the year, with all forthcoming live shows listed below and full ticket information from his website.
Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, Maryland, 21044