Interview: The Xcerts

Over the course of the last 5 years, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting many different acts who have courted industry interest at one stage or another. A number of adjectives are thrown about when it comes to describing the manner of the band at those so-called embyonic stages – humble, cool, down-to-earth (actually, bands, the most common phrase you’ll hear about yourselves following a big meeting at Megabucks Rekkids is “what/such nice guys” you are, or variations therein). On occasions, with more and more time spent in the bossum of showbiz and trying to suck at the teat of stardom along with the other puppies that have found themselves in a similar position, once a modicum of commercial success is actually acheived, sometimes, you probably won’t hear as many people throwing such compliments so readily anymore, and those that still do are usually referred to as “the band’s inner circle”. We surmise this happens for one of two reasons; firstly, because all those yeasayers the band encountered at the start of their career are probably fucked off they didn’t decide to work with them; secondly, because the band have let the buzz go to their heads, and have turned into cunts. Neither is true of one of our favourite rock acts The Xcerts – having witnessed them going to big stages with the likes of Biffy Clyro and Taking Back Sunday, from playing tiny pubs and clubs in Brighton and London in their early days (shit, they still do that anyway), we were more chipper than a kipper when frontman Murray took time out to answer those probing, balls-deep questions…

Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?

My name is Murray Macleod, I sing and play guitar in a band called The Xcerts.


Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?

The latest Manchester Orchestra record Simple Math is definitely up there. It’s a really well thought out album and there is not one bad track on there. The lyrics are very personal and compelling which is always good, no-one likes lazy lyricism. The new Explosions In The Sky record Take Care, Take Care, Take Care is also a thing of sheer beauty. They can do no wrong in my eyes.


Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?

Probably Bright Eyes at the Scala in London. I hadn’t seen them since the ‘Digital Ash’ tour and they performed incredibly well. Fantastic setlist and Conor Oberst seemed to have his fire back. No fancy lights, backdrop or visuals, just great songs played with passion.


If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?

My primary 3 school teacher. Keep in theme with the whole cheeky schoolboy act. However I don’t think mooning would do much harm to the Antichrist.

[KM: How right you are Murray. More likely than not, we doubt you’ll be able to get within optimum mooning range when faced with such a beast, lest you receive a literal spanking from your Year 3 tormentor. We did google image “mooning the antichrist” for you, and the search results came up with this picture of a gnome with his pants down. Enjoy]

You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?
Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen.


Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?

Tough call, I’d have to go with ‘I Should Have Known Better’ by The Beatles.

[KM: Say WHAT? You broke the rules man. That’s pretty fucked up. For that, you get this…]


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