In the summer of punk-rock and "new wave" reunions (the Sex Pistols, the Velvet Underground, Big Star and the Soft Boys have gotten back together for shows), it's only natural that X would mark its spot as well.
One of Los Angeles's original punk outfits, X has been defunct since 1987, when founding members Exene Cervanka, John Doe and DJ Bonebrake decided to call it quits. In the meantime, Cervanka released two solo albums (as did Doe) and both Cervanka and Doe (once husband and wife) celebrated childbirth (with new spouses).After five years apart, the band went back into the studio last year, with material members had been working on separately, to record its sixth studio LP, "hey Zeus!" And one of the original members says it feels like the band was never apart.
"When bands typically get back together, it's kind of a manipulative thing, but that was never our intention," said co-vocalist Cervanka, calling from a pay phone in Omaha, Neb. "The time was just right, we felt, to get back in the studio together."
Utah audiences will get their chance to see the reconstituted X in a concert Saturday, July 31, at Club DV8, 115 S. West Temple.
According to Cervanka, the band was never really broken up, but members had decided to put the band on ice, temporarily, after 15 years together.
"It's kind of impossible to play that long together and still keep it kind of fresh," she said. "It's only natural that you get kind of tired of the people, the music and the road."
That's not to say that any members of the group still harbor any hard feelings toward each other. In fact, Cervanka said she considers the band to be family.
"We've known each other so long that we know each other's personalities and quirks," she said. "There are bound to be conflicts at times, but we now know when to leave someone alone or when we need to be there for someone."
Even guitarist Tony Gilkyson, making his first studio appearance as an X fixture, has been with the band for most of a decade (having played on Cervanka's solo efforts and on the band's last release, "Live at the Whisky a Go-Go").
The new record shows the band flexing a tougher musical muscle (with Gilkyson's rough guitar work) and exhibiting a more mature lyrical approach ("Country at War" is an obvious ode to the race riots in the band's L.A. home). Though bassist/co-vocalist John Doe has playfully called the band's pre-'90s output "younger, stupid stuff," recent live sets have showcased the band playing much of that material.
Opening the show, which starts at 8:30 p.m. will be the Best Kissers in the World. Tickets for the concert are $11.50 in advance from Modified Music in Salt Lake City, Crandall Audio in Orem, Graywhale CD Exchange in Provo and the club during business hours.