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Success won’t wreck the XX ... they hope

Romy Madley Croft of the XX may have just received Britain’s highest musical honor and just toured the world from Mt. Fuji to the small towns of Alabama, but this young indie superstar is going by completely unnoticed as she rides a city bus in East London, casually doing a phone interview while the din of her surroundings overwhelm her demure little voice.

Romy Madley Croft of the XX may have just received Britain’s highest musical honor and just toured the world from Mt. Fuji to the small towns of Alabama, but this young indie superstar is going by completely unnoticed as she rides a city bus in East London, casually doing a phone interview while the din of her surroundings overwhelm her demure little voice.

Clearly the members of the XX, which once numbered four but now are three, have remained unspoiled by all their fame and the recent Mercury Prize win. But Madley Croft will admit that success hasn’t left them unchanged.

“I think it will be different,” she says when asked if notoriety will change their spare, electronica-soul sound. “We’re just different people. We’re better at playing our instruments. It was very simple on this album because we couldn’t play our instruments very well. We also thought nobody was ever going to hear this album.”

What’s also changed is that loss of the fourth member — but loss isn’t exactly the right word for it.

“It’s kind of a sensitive subject because it was a decision made by the three of us, not her [decision] to leave,” Madley Croft says. “We just realized that we weren’t as good of friends as we used to be. We had just grown into different types of people.”

The band has no plans to replace their fourth member, having adapted to being just a trio. While about to kick off another American tour, they hope to write music again soon and defeat the curse of the Mercury Prize.

 
 
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