So I am once again unemployed, and while the free time is great for me to be able to focus on homework, my band, my writing and handing out resumes (oh the irony), it does indeed suck. So I’ve been a little pissy this week and to reflect my pissed-ness, I’ve been feeling the need to listen to punk music. WAIT WAIT WAIT, no, not skaterpunk or Greenday or anything, I’m talking about punk ’77, punk ’82, when punk meant spiked guitars, angry, intelligent lyrics and fearless, fucking awesome performers; not prancing douchebags with whiny voices and west 49 clothing. One of my favorite punk bands is the band of the week…
X? Yes, X, they’re called X, just that one letter (capitalized by the way). And they kick ass. Inspired by Patti Smith and The Sex Pistols among others, John Doe and Exene Cervidfihjqerf (something like that) teamed up and put her rough, street-smart poetry to gritty tunes with great chord changes, smacking hooks and fast tempos. They also got Billy Zoom to play Chuck Berry-esque guitar (which doesnt fit the sound necesarrily, but adds something else to it) and D.J. Bonebreak to bang them drum skins.
In the early 80′s Ray Manzarek (The Doors’ keyboardist) produced their 4 masterpeices Los Angelos, Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun and More Fun in the New World. Amazing albums all of them. While Los Angelos or Under the Big Black Sun are often cited as perhaps their best albums, it was Wild Gift that really grew on me slowly and eventually astounded me when I realized the brilliance of songs like White Girl and Adult Books.
The most incredible thing about X is the way John Doe and Exene’s voices harmonize, but really it’s more like they meld or blend or something, perfectly complimenting eachother. Exene’s voice just wraps around Doe’s so perfectly. I would say that the way Spiral Beach’s Maddy and Airick’s voices work in unison is very similar to the way theirs do.
Regardless of whether you’re having a good week or a shitty one, check out this band. They made some incredible music that should appeal to plenty of non-punks just as well as those who dig punk and they were never as appreciated as they should have been. Do you like the doors? Of course you do. Well, if the keyboardist from the doors liked them dont you think you should at least check em out? Hellz yeah!!!