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Reviewed on 7th November 2006.

 
 

Faceless

By Xi

It will have no doubt raised more than just a few eyebrows when Xi and 48 Crash announced their recent union. There is no way of getting away from it, the band stick out like a sore thumb on a roster of skinny hair-do indie boys and girls... you don't really expect to hear the line "Oh and these are our resident rockers". Having spent no inconsiderable amount of time playing in some of the most un-rock and roll venues the country has to offer, no-one can deny Xi have put in the hours. But is Faceless the track that will finally launch a career? Sounding like a cross between the electronic whirs of Muse, the beef of Metallica and a string of other big budget American rock acts with a capital R both Faceless and B-side Headspace feel as if they are pitched to be the closing theme on the next Spiderman movie. Not a problem if that's what crumbles your biscuit, but on a small Indie label in Leeds it has to be wondered how Xi will reach a target audience that this may appeal to. Although impressively constructed neither track really latches onto a decent hook and the moog style keyboard never sits at ease with the metal-jet guitar sound. One thing is for sure and as the deal with 48 Crash proves, specialists in perseverance, Xi are not to be discounted lightly.

 

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On 7th November 2006 at 22:46 Anonymous 2871 wrote...

a very well written review that. someone should give that boy an award!

 

On 8th November 2006 at 08:27 Anonymous 30 wrote...

Surely you'd remember that they did already Tom, or is the mental scarring too much to acknowledge it?

 

On 8th November 2006 at 17:47 Anonymous 7 wrote...

Indeed - a well written and fair expression of opinion. Thanks Rik

 

On 9th November 2006 at 14:45 Anonymous 2871 wrote...

i still wake up screaming ever night just thinking about it rick,

 

On 9th November 2006 at 16:39 Anonymous 30 wrote...

I still wake up every night smuggly laughing about it....then I reach under my pillow and stroke the award.

 

On 10th November 2006 at 12:11 Anonymous 3193 wrote...

"Stroke the award" is that a metaphor for what the lonely do?

I also think it would be a great title for Xi's LP.

 
 
 

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