I saw one heckuva great band last night at Harlow’s. The funny thing is, this band has been together for slightly more than 30 years, yet they outrock bands half their age.
I speak, of course, of X, one of the best bands to come out of the LA punk scene, back in 1977. However, X is about far more than punk rock, although that is certainly integral to who they are. But they also bring in many other influences to their sound, such as country, rockabilly, old time rock n’ roll (a la Chuck Berry), even hints of jazz and funk. And there’s no denying that singers Exene Cervenka and John Doe are two of the most talented lyricists ever in the rock world.
Last night they rocked a capacity crowd at Harlow’s – overcoming a mediocre, indifferent sound mix – to thrill the people who came to see them, many of whom probably grew up listening to the band. Indeed, there were a number of grayhairs moshing it up on the dance floor and probably regretting it today, realizing that while they can still dig the music, they are probably a little to old for that particular action any more.
It’s inspiring, in a way, to watch X rock out so hard after all these years. If they can maintain the motivation to go out on stage and give it everything they’ve got after all this time and mileage, then why are some younger bands unable to play with the same verve? I don’t know, but I do know I was very happy I saw X.