The xx Perform “I Dare You” & “On Hold” On ‘SNL’: Watch
This was the pop-electronic outfit testing out its new sound live. “We wanted to open the windows and be like, let’s try completely new things, let’s get out of our comfort zones — which, as more introverted people, our comfort zone is quite a small place,” guitarist-singer Romy Madley Croft said on Beats 1 Radio. She also talked of how Jamie xx‘s solo debut In Colour opened the band up to making music to which people could actually dance.
Granted, the xx aren’t Beyonce or anything. Romy and Jamie’s idea of dancing, as shown during “On Hold,” is gently swaying while carefully walking toward each other on stage. But the warmth and optimism radiating from the xx’s new music is also tough to resist, “I Dare You,” in particular, is upbeat while just as alluring as the band’s past, more spare material. Watch the xx take over SNL below.