The Xcerts have been on the cusp of being massive for a few years now. With their new album Hold On To Your Heart, the trio must surely end 2018 as one of the year’s biggest bands. The record sees the band push themselves with big bold production styles which perfectly compliment their version of pop rock.
The influence of Springsteen and Petty are obvious. Whether it be the haunting opening track The Dark, or the more uplifting title track Hold On To Your Heart. Throughout the record the 80s radio rock blueprint is taken and crafted to produce a contemporary sound that at no point sounds outdated. Like all of the best pop rock records, this album is arena ready. Each track of this album has an inescapable chorus, perhaps the standout example of this comes from the single Feels Like Falling In Love.
Something that stands The Xcerts out from every other band of their style, is the way in which The Xcerts push themselves. They don’t hide behind the same structure for each song and keep each song as interesting as the next. It could be the use of Will from Black Peaks on saxophone on the track Drive Me Wild, or the monumental crescendo that closes the album on the ballad Cry.
With Hold On To Your Heart, The Xcerts have produced their best work to date. The record is a hit factory, with each song built for arenas. The release of this record must surely see The Xcerts be one of the biggest bands of the year.