Cropped Out and Holy Carp/Production Simple Present


obnox, Electric Drywall

Fri, January 8, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


Louisville, KY

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

X_______X' (pronounced "Ex Blank Ex")[1] was a no wave band formed in 1978 by Cleveland musician and artist John D Morton.[2] Morton is perhaps best known as the leader and founder of protopunk band electric eels. Original members of X_______X were Morton on lead guitar & vocals, Anton Fier (née Tony Fier) on drums, Jim Ellis on bass & Andrew Klimeyk on rhythm guitar & vocals.

The name X_______X was designed to be mutable—a pictogram—to mean whatever one wanted at any given moment. Mutations included Ex Blank Ex, X Charlie Manson and the Family X, and for their archival vinyl album release in 2014, X The Rolling Stones X. It is Morton's Dada-esque tendencies that lie behind the decision to name the band something that is so malleable and, therefore, so difficult to search for on the internet. "This artistic antagonism, inspired by an affinity for the Dadaist movement, has been at the heart of Mr. Morton's work — both as a musician and a visual artist — for the better part of four decades.".[3] Subsequent to this release, the band has been playing shows since with Morton (vocals/guitar) and Klemyk (vocals/guitar) joined by Craig Bell of fellow Cleveland legends Rocket From The Tombs (bass), and Matthew Harris (percussion). A post-reunion album "Albert Ayler's Ghosts live at the Yellow Ghetto" has been recorded and will be released in November 2015 by Smog Veil Records.

X_______X flashed like a supernova in the turbulent rock scene of the late seventies, lasting only six months in their original incarnation. The band was formed at Morton's 25th birthday party. Morton, knowing he would be shortly moving to NYC said, "Hey! Let's form a band that last six months!" Attendees, Jim Ellis and Andrew Klimeyk were recruited on the spot. The first infusion included Mirror's drummer Michael J. Weldon and electric eels singer Dave E. McManus. After Dave and Michael quit, Anton (who suggested to name the band "Golden Palominos"—a name that was summarily rejected by Morton) was conscripted and Morton took over on vocals: "It made me a better musician to sing and play guitar at the same time . . . I couldn't be looking at my fingers all the time. I had to look at the mic!"
Not a lot of comparisons can be made to Lamont 'Bim' Thomas' mighty Obnox project:
5 years, 15 records, the perfect wedding of soulpunk heaviosity with the treble blare
and lo-fi layers of gunk traditional to so much Ohio history (which Obnox itself is an
essential element in these days).
His latest release, Boogalou Reed, is out on 12XU now.
Venue Information:
2100 South Preston Street
Louisville, KY, 40217