X (Australian band)

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X
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Punk rock
Years active 1977 (1977)–present
Associated acts Rose Tattoo, Sardine v
Members Steve Lucas
Cathy Green
Kim Volkman
Past members Ian Rilen
Steve Cafiero
Peter Coutanche
Ian Krahe
Geoff Holmes
Kathy Synnerdahl

X is an Australian punk rock band, formed in Sydney in 1977 founded by the late Ian Rilen Steve Lucas, Ian Krahe and Steve Cafiero. The band has split and reformed several times. Most noted non-original member was Cathy Green (drums).

Their first album X-Aspirations (1979) redefined the Australian underground music scene. Their followup album At Home With You (1985) stayed in the top 20 Independent charts for 29 months. Both albums were produced by Lobby Loyde.

X also released 3 more LPs: X and More, Evil Rumours and X-Spurts. They also released EPs Home Is Where The Floor Is and I Love Rock and Roll.

Although X has had several members, its sound has been defined by two distinctive elements: the songwriting skills of Rilen and Lucas plus Rilen's big bass sound and Steve Lucas's slash and attack guitar. Drummer Cathy Green unique style also contributed to the bands over all stand alone status.

Rilen was also a founding member of bluesy hard rockers Rose Tattoo. During X's first hiatus (1980–83), he formed the post punk outfit Sardine v, with his then wife, Stephanie Rilen.

As of 2004, Rilen had settled on a fairly stable line up of his current project, Ian Rilen & the Love Addicts, who included Cathy Green on bass. The band have also issued a CD, "Passion Boots & Bruises."

Steve Lucas used Melbourne band White Cross as a backing band for two 'solo' projects under the banner of Double Cross and released two LPs, Double Cross and Bought And Sold. He also fronted Bigger Than Jesus, founded the Groody Frenzy as well as A.R.M. (with Chris Welsh and Mike Couvret), The Pubert Brown Fridge Occurrence as well Neon and Venom. Steve also released the solo album Bread and Water featuring cameos from Paul Kelly, Brett Kingman, Andrew Pendlebury and Chris Wilson.

Discography[edit]

Studio[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles/EPs[edit]

  • "Mother" 7" (X Music 13639, 1979)
  • "Dream Baby" 7"/12" (White Label, 1987)
  • "I Love Rock'n'Roll" CDEP (Laughing Outlaw, 2001) Lucas/Rilen/Holmes/Synnerdahl.

Live[edit]

  • X Live 8 July 1978 (Spiral Scratch, 1997) Lucas/Rilen/Cafiero/Holmes.
  • Live at the Civic 1979 (Dropkick, 2001) Lucas/Rilen/Cafiero/Coutanche.
  • Evil Rumours (Laughing Outlaw, 2003) Lucas/Rilen/Holmes/Synnerdahl

External links[edit]

https://www.facebook.com/Slxaus77