Get to Know Your CRNVL Artist: X Ambassadors

X Ambassadors, often stylized as XA, is an alternative rock band from Ithaca, NY. Formed in 2009, the band consists of brothers Sam and Casey Harris along with Adam Levin.

The band started off by touring with Canadian pop singer LIGHTS, then caught the attention of Imagine Dragons while their frontman was sick in Norfolk, VA hospital. He heard an acoustic version of their lead single, “Unconsolable” on 96X WROX-FM and asked Interscope to sign the band as soon as possible.

In 2013, the band released their debut label EP, “Love Songs Drug Songs,” which included the track “Stranger,” co-written by Dan Reynolds on Imagine Dragons. 

With the release of their first EP, the band toured, supporting Imagine Dragons, Jimmy Eat World, and The Mowgli’s.

That following year, they released their second EP, “The Reason,” and supported Imagine Dragons and Panic! At The Disco on their respective tours.

VHS is X Ambassadors first full length album which was released in 2015 via digital download, vinyl, and CD. The album features 20 tracks, including 7 interludes and 3 previously released songs for a total of 10 new songs. It also includes collaboration tracks with Imagine Dragons and Jamie N Commons.

In 2017 through 2018 was a busy time for XA. They released four singles off of an upcoming album , “Joyful,” during the spring and summer months, performed at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, featured in a song by Eminem titled “Bad Husband.” and also performed in a song titled “Home” on the soundtrack for the Netflix film Bright which included pop singer Bebe Rexha and rapper Machine Gun Kelly.

In April of 2019, over a year after the announcement of their second full-length, the band has announced that this release was cancelled due to the production of “Orion,” which would become their second full-length.

Lead singer Sam Harris stated that Joyful was the second iteration of their second album, and that they felt like the songs on it did not represent where they were at. This album is set to be released in June of this year.

X Ambassadors are very involved in what’s currently going on in the nation.

In 2017, vocalist Sam Harris was joined by The National, Ani DiFranco, Samantha Ronson, and Sleater-Kinney, in the official Women’s March on Washington after-party. 

In March 2017, X Ambassadors performed a special show to benefit Planned Parenthood on International Women’s Day. Following that performance, the band released the song “Hoping,” in which all proceeds from the song for the six months following its release were donated to the ACLU.

You can catch X Ambassadors headlining CRNVL alongside a bunch of other great artists on July 14 at Buffalo Riverworks.