2:54 at the Horseshoe, Monday, October 22. Rating: NNN
Spotted at the 2:54 show at the Horseshoe: all three members of The xx.
It doesn't come as a huge surprise that the bands would be fans of and friends with one another. (They're also former tour mates.) Both are young, hotly tipped London, England-based indie rock acts that contribute to the shadowier fringes of contemporary music.
Led by sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow, 2:54 are more aggressive and less minimal than the fragile Mercury Music Prize-winning trio but as equally emotive (and black-clad). The Monday night crowd was sparse and the stage ridiculously dimly lit, but the four-piece's set of dream-doom was engaged and included some newer material.
Their sound is so well defined - mid-tempo, lower range, propulsive, devoid of significant shifts in structure and arrangement - that a sameness can creep in after an hour. What adds interest are the moments when Hannah's distorted guitar lines grow cleaner and busier, and when Colette's voice soars into its higher register.