Xylaroo to join Matt Berry in Edinburgh

Dynamic duo Xylaroo are set to join Matt Betty & The Maypoles at Edinburgh’s Liquid Room on October 27.

Hailing for Papua New Guinea and now based in East London, Xylaroo create refreshing alt-country tracks with intelligent and socially conscious lyricism.

The pair – sisters Holly and Coco Chant – join Berry on tour for the second time to play tracks from their superb debut album, Sweetooth.

Danger, the fourth single to be taken from the album, will be released to coincide with Xylaroo’s latest tour, which also sees them taking in dates in Manchester, Newcastle and London, among other cities.

The track is a rousing alt-country anthem-in-waiting that sees the sisters bind their trademark harmonies with instrumentation simmering in a gauzy feedback.

Speaking about the single, Holly says, “Danger was influenced by watching stories on the news about police brutality and the killing of black youths, The chorus strange fruit is obviously a reference to the song and poem Strange Fruit, a protest against lynching in the 1930s. We also refer to Maya Angelou’s “I know why the caged bird sings”, which we both read at school.

“Throughout the song we use the allegory of the wind and the tree to convey the more subtle forms of modern racism that permeate today. These incidences are not isolate from society – strange outcomes come from strange beginnings. Beneath such random acts of violence is a system and a structure that we all bend to in some way or another.”

Xylaroo have gained rave reviews and numerous airplays across national radio this year, with support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne and John Kennedy, not to mention invites to play live sessions with Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary.

Tour dates:

Tuesday 25 October Birmingham Academy 2

Wednesday 26 October Sheffield Foundry

Thursday 27 October Edinburgh Liquid Room

Friday 28 October Newcastle Riverside

Saturday 29 October Middlesbrough Teeside University

Sunday 30 October Manchester Academy 2

Tuesday 1 November London Koko

Wednesday 2 November Bristol SWX

Thursday 3 November Nottingham Rescue Rooms


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