Oh brother, you just knew something like this was going to happen. After playing somewhere around a half-dozen shows during CMJ last week, word comes that the xx were forced to play a show in London last night without keyboardist/guitarist Baria Quereshi, who’s complaining of exhaustion. They’ve cancelled four dates, essentially giving themselves the weekend off before getting back to work in Germany on Monday. No word yet on whether they’ll be joined by Quereshi.
Maybe they shouldn’t have played that show at the NBC Experience Cafe? Come to think of it, she did look a little grumpier than the rest of them, and not even in a “Check out how fucking cool I am” kind of way, but in a “Holy shit, this whole thing is moving to fast, and to protest, I’m going to wear dark grey instead of black” kind of way.
It’d be very easy to blame the media for this, to chalk it up as another Wavves-like debacle, but let’s remember, we’re not the ones keeping track of their schedule. Just because the opportunity to run yourself ragged is there, it doesn’t mean you should take it. Someone around them should have told them so.