Rock band goes back to its Aberdeen roots for hot shot gig

Aberdeen-born band The Xcerts will return to their old stomping ground to ride shotgun for Young Guns, when the English rock band plays the city’s Lemon Tree Lounge on Friday, September 9.

he main support for the rockers, The Xcerts were originally formed by 13-year-olds Murray Macleod (lead vocals and guitar) and Jordan Smith (backing vocals and bass) after meeting in the headmaster’s room at their Aberdeen school.

They went on to record two EPs with Captain Tom’s Fat Hippy Records, then relocated to Brighton to progress as a band in 2006. They parted ways with their old drummer Ross, and found a replacement in Tom Heron.

The Xcerts have toured with Fly, Make Model, Fighting With Wire, Fightstar and Twin Atlantic, and performed at numerous festivals including T in the Park, RockNess, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Zoo8, Offset and Connect Music Festival.

Their debut album, In the Cold Wind We Smile, was released in 2009 and their new album is called Scatterbrain. They last played Aberdeen in December, to a packed-out crowd in the Lemon Tree, the same venue where they will support Young Guns on September 9.

The headliners – consisting of Gustav Wood (lead vocals), Fraser Taylor (lead guitar, rhythm guitar), John Taylor (rhythm guitar, lead guitar) Simon Mitchell (bass) and Ben Jolliffe (drums, percussion, backing vocals) – released their acclaimed debut album All Our Kings are Dead a year ago.

Young Guns have also played at many festivals, culminating in an appearance on the main stage at the Reading Festival, where the band shared a stage with the likes of Guns N’ Roses and Queens of the Stone Age.

Tickets for the September 9 gig at The Lemon Tree Lounge are available online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree.