X Announce Final Album and Farewell Tour

    Los Angeles punk legends X have announced Smoke & Fiction, which they say will be their final album. The band’s original lineup – John Doe, Exene Cervenka, DJ Bonebrake, and Billy Zoom – recorded the album with producer Rob Schnapf (Beck, Foo Fighters). It will be out August 2 via Fat Possum Records, and X will then embark on a farewell tour of North America. Listen to the first single, ‘Big Black X’, and check out the list of dates below.

    “X is a great band name; also a bad idea sometimes when it gets lost in print or on the marquee,” Cervenka remarked in a statement. “Gotta have a sense of humor. We all did in the early days. Los Angeles was a carnival of weirdness back then, with left over traces of silent movie stars, long haired hippies, bikers, and brand new self-defined punks doing anything we wanted. When we started touring the country we found like-minded people everywhere, and somehow they all found us. Even if the X was lost on the old marquee.”

    ‘Big Black X’ comes with an accompanying video directed by Gilbert Trejo and Shane McKenzie, who said: “Inspired by 80s video art and the great punk documentaries of the time / shot on VHS, edited tape to tape, using Polaroids + 35mm photos, smashed together with analog video mixers and CRT televisions / it’s a tornado of the past and present – Ed Colver’s photos were a blast to video mix and they are the glue holding it all together.”

    Smoke & Fiction Cover Artwork:

    Smoke & Fiction Tracklist:

    1. Ruby Church
    2. Sweet Til The Bitter End
    3. The Way It Is
    4. Flipside
    5. Big Black X
    6. Smoke & Fiction
    7. Struggle
    8. Winding Up the Time
    9. Face in the Moon
    10. Baby & All

    X 2024 Tour Dates:

    Jun 24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour – SOLD OUT
    Jul 6 – Kansas City, MO – The Uptown
    Jul 7 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
    Jul 9 – St. Louis, MO – Del Mar Hall
    Jul 10 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
    Jul 12 – Minneapolis, MN – The Varsity
    Jul 13 – Chicago, IL – Square Roots Festival
    Jul 14 – Chicago, IL – Fitzgerald’s – SOLD OUT
    Jul 16 – Detroit, MI – The Masonic
    Jul 17 – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage
    Jul 19 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
    Jul 25 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
    Jul 26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
    Jul 28 – Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amphitheatre
    Jul 30 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
    Aug 19 – Menlo Park, CA – The Guild Theatre
    Aug 20 – Menlo Park, CA – The Guild Theatre
    Aug 22 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
    Aug 23 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
    Aug 25 – Portland, OR – The Aladdin
    Aug 28 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
    Aug 30 – Denver, CO – The Summit
    Sep 1 – Albuquerque, NM – The El Rey
    Sep 22 – Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
    Sep 23 – Boston, MA – The Wilbur
    Sep 25 – Albany, NY – Empire Live
    Sep 26 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall
    Sep 27 – Pittsburgh, PA – Jergel’s
    Sep 28 – Falls Church, CA – The State Theatre
    Sep 30 – Philadelphia, PA – Keswick Theater
    Oct 1 – Patchogue, NY – Patchogue, Theatre
    Oct 2 – Norwalk, CT – District Music Hall
    Oct 4 – New York, NY – Town Hall
    Oct 5 – Middletown, CT – Harbor Park
    Oct 18 – Austin, TX – The Paramount
    Oct 19 – San Antonio, TX – Empire Live
    Oct 21 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
    Oct 22 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
    Oct 24 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
    Oct 25 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
    Oct 26 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
    Oct 29 – Charlotte, NC – The Neighborhood Theatre
    Oct 30 – Columbia, SC – The Senate

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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