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Circle X

Circle X are a No Wave/art-rock band that began in the late 70s in Louisville, KY.

Circle X formed in Louisville, Kentucky in 1978 when art students Bruce Witsiepe and Tony Pinotti abandoned the punk band No Fun to join brothers Rik Letendre and Dave Letendre, who played in the I-Holes – both bands of which were considered the first punk bands in Louisville. By the end of 1978, the four had relocated to New York City, joining in on the No Wave scene and building a reputation for themselves.

The band then relocated to Dijon, France, touring for nine months wit ...read more

Circle X are a No Wave/art-rock band that began in the late 70s in Louisville, KY.

Circle X formed in Louisville, Kentucky in 1978 when art students Bruce Witsiepe and Tony Pinotti abandoned the punk band No Fun to join brothers Rik Letendre and Dave Letendre, who played in the I-Holes – both bands of which were considered the first punk bands in Louisville. By the end of 1978, the four had relocated to New York City, joining in on the No Wave scene and building a reputation for themselves.

The band then relocated to Dijon, France, touring for nine months with their new manager, Bernard Zekhri. The band received strong attention from the press and the public, whilst the band were writing new material. An untitled four-song EP, for then-nascent Celluloid Records, was released in 1980.

Following this, the band returned to New York, where they recorded their debut studio album, Prehistory, in 1981. The album went unreleased until 1983, when it was released by the California-based consortium of Enigma and Index Records.

As the decade progressed, the band recruited drummer Mike McShane and guest violinist Lois Dilivio, while the band started to perform complex art performances, often involving mechanical constructions as well as collaborative visuals with filmmakers Bradley Eros and Jeanne Liotta. In addition, the band's music now saw the integration of synth, tape and sample technology.

In 1989, the band published a limited-edition book, Anti-Utopia.

In 1992, drummer Martin Koeb joined Pinotti, Witsiepe and Letendre for four white vinyl 7" singles for Matador, American Gothic and Lungcast Records, titled The Ivory Tower and released over the course of a year. The music remained eerie and harsh, but was increasingly more complex.

In 1994, Circle X released their second studio album, Celestial, on Matador.

The band disbanded in 1995 after founding member and guitarist Bruce Witsiepe died from HIV complications. « hide

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LPs
Celestial
1994

4.5
2 Votes
Prehistory
1983

4.3
3 Votes
EPs
Circle X
1979

3.8
3 Votes
Live Albums
Dijon '79
2008

5
1 Votes
Compilations
The Ivory Tower
1993

5
1 Votes

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