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Music Editorial

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Aberdeen’s The Xcerts are marking the 10th anniversary of their stellar debut album, ‘In The Cold Wind We Smile’, with a bells and whistles re-release and a tour.

The Xcerts burst into many an indie rock fan’s consciousness with the release of their super ‘In The Cold Wind We Smile’ album in 2009. They were just one of many a fine band to emerge from north of the border at the time along with the likes of The Twilight Sad, Frightened Rabbit and Biffy Clyro. The band – as they proved in spades with their early gigs – could ramp up the riffage in a manner that would give Biffy themselves a run for their money, but the album showed their softer underbelly too in the shape of classy tunes which were anthemic, yes, but also packing significant songwriting nous. The album is being remastered and will come with 13 extra tracks including unreleased songs, live versions, early demos and more. It remains a pulse-quickening delight and I can’t wait to hear them belt out these classics all over again.

The Xcerts, Sunday 8 December, The Cluny, Ouseburn, Newcastle, 7.30pm, £10. thecluny.com