The XX show last night a Prague’s Forum Karlin blew the pants off the one a few years back at the big room at the Lucerna downtown. The Lucerna show was fine performance and setlist wise but the sound was horrible. At that show, there were none of the gut-rattling low frequency elements of the band’s work and so the music lost a lot of its punch.
Last night’s show was a different story. The performances were inspired and Prague’s Forum Karlin proved to be a perfect venue for the band. The place was literally filled to the rafters and the sound was impeccable. They covered all stages of their career with a couple of new songs, songs from the first two XX albums and some highlights off of DJ/percussionist Jamie XX’s recent solo album. In fact, Jamie stole the show toward the end of the set. His contributions mixed in and even mashed-up with XX classics and really gave a kick to the proceedings. I’m not usually one for DJ’s but this guy’s got some serious talent.
I’m looking forward to seeing what this young and able band releases on their next album. If last night was any indication, it should be worth the wait.