Federation X

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Federation X
OriginBellingham, Washington, United States
Years activeEarly 1998–present
LabelsMolasses Manifesto, Estrus Records, Wantage USA, Tapes Records
Associated actsZorbatron, GTR LKR, Ben von Wildenhaus, Juanita Family and Friends, The Teamsters, Brainhole, 1776, PART WOLF, Two Dark Birds
MembersBen Wildenhaus
Bill Badgley
Beau Boyd
Past membersJosh Holland

Federation X or "FED X" is an American rock band, originally formed in Bellingham, Washington, though it now shares members between Bellingham, Seattle, and New York, New York. Founded by Ben Wildenhaus (guitar), Bill Badgley (guitar, vocals), and Beau Boyd (drums) in 1998. The band has toured the US, and has had two European tours.[1]


In 1999, the band released a self-titled LP on its own Molasses Manifesto Records, then followed it in 2001 with American Folk Horror, recorded by Tim Green at Louder Studios in San Francisco and released by Bellingham's Estrus Records. In 2003, Estrus released X Patriot, recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago. In 2005, Estrus released Rally Day, recorded by Ryan Anderson at MARS Studio in Bellingham. Wantage USA released Rally Day on vinyl.[2] In March 2013, Federation X recorded its fifth studio album with Deaf Nephews (Dale Crover (Melvins) and Toshi Kasai) recording and producing at Entourage Studios in Los Angeles. Entitled We Do What We Must, it was expected to be released this year[when?] on Recess Records and the band's own Molasses Manifesto.[3]

The band has been compared[by whom?] to such heavy acts as Melvins, Karp, and Black Sabbath. In 2006, Josh Holland of Dog Shredder joined the band for a West Coast tour and at a recording session at MARS Studio, which produced the songs "Only Fool" and "Chinese Food and Vietnam," released as a 7-inch on Recess Records in 2012.

All three members have their own solo projects: Wildenhaus has 'Ben von Wildenhaus',[4] Boyd has 'Zorbatron',[5] while Badgley owns and operates Molasses Manifesto, a company that produces films, books, music, and art and is responsible for the film Kill All Redneck Pricks: A Documentary Film about a Band Called KARP.[6] Badgley also owns and operates The Documentary Center [7] in Bellingham, Washington, and performs with the electronic band Part Wolf.[8]



  • Fighting Words, Cassette-Only, Molasses Manifesto
  • Federation X, LP-Only, Molasses Manifesto Records
  • American Folk Horror, CD/LP, Estrus Records, 2001
  • Z Montany +2, Tour-Only CD, Self-Released with Irritant Records
  • X Patriot, CD/LP, Estrus Records
  • Rally Day, CD/LP, Estrus Records, Wantage USA, 2005
  • We Do What We Must, LP, Recess Records/Molasses Manifesto Records via Carrot Top Distribution, 2013


  • Federation X/ROX split, Molasses Manifesto Records
  • Federation X/Fleshies split, Molasses Manifesto Records
  • "Nighttrain", Tapes Records, 2001
  • "Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman", Wantage USA
  • "Only Fool" / "Chinese Food and Vietnam", Recess Records


  • Fear of the Nothing CD (non-album version of The Hatchetman)
  • Double Dynomite Sampler CD (Mooseblood and .38 Special), Estrus Records
  • Wäntage USA's 21st Release Hits Omnibus CD (Southern Comfort [live]), Wantage USA
  • The Estrus Kamikaze Ass Chomp n' Stomp CD, Estrus Records


  1. ^ Williams, Bradley. "Greetings From Landalu". Razorcake. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  2. ^ Neddal, Ayad. "Blabbing With Federation X". Dead Angel #60. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  3. ^ Nokes, Emily. "Federation X Are Back In The Northwest". The Stranger. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  4. ^ [1] Archived March 11, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Zorbatron". Totallyzorbatron.com. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
  6. ^ "Kill All Redneck Pricks: A Documentary Film about a Band Called KARP". Karplives.com. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
  7. ^ www.thedocumentarycenter.org
  8. ^ Tonry, Andrew. "Band of Brothers". Portland Mercury. Retrieved 19 April 2013.

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