’80s punk -- electric and acoustic -- coming to Aztec
The co-headlining tour that brought the Violent Femmes and Echo & the Bunnymen to the Tobin Center last summer was a head-scratcher. The bands don’t really have much in common.
The Femmes’ latest tourmates, X, make a lot more sense. Both were nominally punk bands signed to the great indie label Slash in the ’80s, and they shared an independent spirit that separated them from the musical pack, no matter how different they sounded from each other.
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The Violent Femmes + X co-headlining tour plays San Antonio’s Aztec Theatre on May 13. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at livenation.com
Fronted by John Doe and Exene Cervenka, X was part of the Los Angeles punk scene. But the band transcended the hardcore norm because of the romantic relationship at its heart and both songwriters’ literary bent. The band’s 1981 album “Wild Gift” is considered a rock classic.
Front man Gordon Gano’s post-adolescent angst fueled the folk-punk sound of Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s, Violent Femmes, especially on the band’s 1983 debut, which featured the songs “Blister in the Sun” and “Add It Up.”
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