The Xcerts

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The Xcerts
Playing The Ironworks, Inverness
Background information
Origin Scotland Aberdeen, Scotland
Genres Alternative rock
Dark Pop
Indie rock
Years active 2001 - present
Labels Xtra Mile Recordings
One Records
Mannequin Republic
Website Official Website
Members Murray Macleod
Jordan Smith
Tom Heron

The Xcerts are a three piece "distorted pop" band originally formed in Aberdeen, Scotland.


The Xcerts were originally formed by 13 year olds Murray Macleod and Jordan Smith after meeting in the headmasters room at their school in Aberdeen. After Ross joined on drums The Xcerts went on to record two EPs at the local recording studio Captain Tom's.

After relocating to Brighton to progress as a band in 2006, The Xcerts parted ways with their old drummer Ross. A replacement was found in Tom Heron, originally from Exeter, who was living in Brighton with a mutual friend and had also become close friends with Murray and Jordan. With the newly formed trio created, the band began writing the songs that would start to spread the word of The Xcerts nationally.

The Xcerts then went on to release two singles through One Records in Glasgow. 'Breathtaking Fight', which was recorded at Ridge Farm with Ben Watkins, was then followed shortly after by 'My Book Laughs'. After the success of these two singles, the band were headhunted by Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly frontman, Sam Duckworth, via MySpace who subsequently released two further singles - 'Just Go Home' and 'Do You Feel Safe?' - through his label, Mannequin Republic.

Recorded at The Dog House by Adam Whittaker, 'Just Go Home' received regular airplay on MTV2, and the band recorded three acoustic tracks for MTV's 'Spanking New Sessions' series. The band have also recorded sessions for Tiscali, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Scotland, XFM Scotland and XFM London. Cover versions of Radiohead's 'All I Need' and The Pixies' 'Gigantic' featured in the XFM Scotland and XFM London sessions respectively.

'Do You Feel Safe?' was recorded with Dave Eringa (Idlewild, Manic Street Preachers) and released in early 2008.

The Xcerts have toured with Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Make Model, Fighting With Wire, Fightstar and Twin Atlantic, and performed at numerous festivals in 2008 including T in the Park, RockNess, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Zoo8, Offset and Connect Music Festival.

In December 2008, The Xcerts completed a Scottish headline tour with support from Aberdeen band Right Hand Left.

On 22 January 2009, The Xcerts confirmed that their album, 'In The Cold Wind We Smile' would be released on 23 March 2009 through Xtra Mile (Reuben, Million Dead, Frank Turner) and King Tuts Recordings (The Dykeenies, Twin Atlantic). This date was however pushed back to the 30th. They also confirmed that they would release the single 'Crisis In The Slow Lane' on 9 March at the end of their tour with Copy Haho.

The Xcerts debut album, In The Cold Wind We Smile, was released on 30 March 2009 through Xtra Mile. It was produced by Dave Eringa.[1] On 1 August 2009 they played at the inaugural Hevy Music Festival held in Folkestone, UK.

In 2010 they completed another headline tour, supported The Get Up Kids and played many festivals notably playing the main stage at Rockness. They will also be embarking on a tour With Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, as well as a September tour supporting Futures.

The Xcerts announced on their Facebook and Myspace in July 2010 that their new album would be named "Scatterbrain" and released in October. This album was recorded by Mike Sapone in his home studio in America, The Xcerts are the first Scottish Band to work with Sapone.

The second single from 'Scatterbrain' was 'Young (Belane)' starring actor Jamie Campbell Bower as an obsessed fan who kidnaps the band. Jamie has acted in such films as Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007 film), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

In 2012, they supported Brand New at their UK tour. They were also booked to be supporting Guns N' Roses on select dates of the UK leg of their Up Close and Personal Tour, However, due to 'logistical reasons', this meant that all the first on support bands, including the xcerts, had been cancelled.


Current Members

  • Murray Macleod - Guitar & Lead Vocals
  • Jordan Smith - Bass & Backing Vocals
  • Tom Heron - Drums & Backing Vocals

Former Members

  • Ross Mctaggart (Drums)



Name Label B-side(s) Release date
"Breathtaking Fight" One Records Stay The Same 18 December 2006
"My Book Laughs" One Records Weather Warning 30 April 2007
"Just Go Home" Mannequin Republic Aberdeen 1987 19 November 2007
"Do You Feel Safe?" Mannequin Republic Listen, Don't Panic 14 April 2008
"Crisis In the Slow Lane" Xtra Mile/King Tuts Recordings Weather Warning 9 March 2009
"Young (Belane)" Xtra Mile Recordings I Am Home 27 September 2010


Name (label) Tracks Release date
"One Time Too Many" (N/A) Why do you?
Bad Times
Had Enough
One Time Too Many
"The X-certs EP" (Fat Hippy) Stay The Same
Into The Silence
Long Ago Boy
Darker Ages
"Stairs To Noise: The Scatterbrain EP" (Xtra Mile) Scatterbrain
Tear Me Down
Say Yes (Elliott Smith cover)
Let's Run
Slackerpop (Alternate version)
"Slackerpop" (Xtra Mile) Slackerpop
Gum (Alternative version)
He Sinks, He Sleeps (Alternative version)
Young (Alternative version)
I See Things Differently (Alternate version)


Name Label Tracks Release date
"In The Cold Wind We Smile" Xtra Mile In The Cold Wind We Smile
Home Versus Home
Cool Ethan
Lost But Not Alone
Listen. Don't Panic
Crisis In The Slow Lane
Do You Feel Safe?
Just Go Home
Aberdeen 1987
I See Things Differently
Hidden Track
30 March 2009
"Scatterbrain" Xtra Mile Tar
Distant Memory
I Scare Easy
Young (Belane)
He Sinks, He Sleeps
Carnival Time
Hurt With Me
4 October 2010

Live Albums[edit]

Name Label Tracks Release date
"Live At King Tut's" Xtra Mile Beige (live)
Home Versus Home (live)
Nightschool (live)
Just Go Home (live)
Aberdeen 1987 (live)
Crisis In The Slow Lane (live)
Do You Feel Safe? (live)
I See Things Differently (live)
(?) 2009

Other Appearances[edit]

  • I Hate The Way You Dance - features on Fat Hippy Sampler Vol I, released 17/10/05
  • Weather Warning - features on Fat Hippy Sampler Vol II, released 04/12/06
  • Do You Feel Safe? - features on Fat Hippy Sampler Vol III, released 29/09/08
  • I See Things Differently - features on Cider Smiles Vol III (Hide and Seek Records) released 01/07/10

Unreleased tracks[edit]

The following tracks have featured in live performances and/or been made available as demos online:

  • I Hate The Way You Dance
  • Dark Paths
  • Old Folks
  • Pretty People
  • Monkey Solves Puzzle
  • Our Friend, The Tree Talker
  • Ghost In The Water
  • There Will Be No Miracles Here
  • Growing Old
  • Fragile Skin


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