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Xero were an important part of the Brisbane Punk scene which developed in the late 1970's and early 1980's. They played at every major venue at one time or another. The spelling of the name changed at different times to Zero, Xiro etc.
As well as musical performances, the group left many artifacts such as self-produced Cassette Tapes, Booklets, and a mini EP. John-e designed many hand-bills used to promote gigs. The artwork on some of these is outstanding.
The band finally split when Irena went to live in Paris for a time. Xero reformed briefly to perform at the 1986 Livid Festival.
Irena and John-e have been in many musical collaborations with other musicians since. Irena was in Existential Experiment in the mid-1980s, then Airborne Toxic Event in 1990/91, as well as a few other acts.
John-e went to live in Sydney, and played with The Go Betweens for a few years. While in Sydney, he often played in The Plug Uglies.
His tunes are occasionally heard on TV soundtracks.
Returning to Brisbane, John was part of the highly regarded alt country band Disgraceland.
For several years now he's played in the esteemed Halfway.
Steven Pritchard has played drums for countless Brisbane acts. His current band is The Ten Fours.
A Little Strip of Paper Flying in Mid-Air (1.8 MB)
Members & Instruments
One of the more popular line-ups, used on the vinyl EP was:
Xero was an incredibly cool band to have been involved with. The lineup changed quite a bit over the existence of the band. Irena was the only member in each incarnation. John-e Willsteed joined the band early on, and remained until the end.
Drummers changed often, and featured Lindy Morrison, and later Steven Pritchard. For a time Xero operated as a two-piece, using a drum machine. This was very arty for the time.
I've been told the original line-up was:
- Irena Luckus
- Deborah Thomas
- Vic Allen
- Lindy Morrison
- Irena Luckus: vocals, Roland Jupiter 8 synth, guitar
- John-e Willsteed: vocals, keyboard, guitar, bass
- Steven Pritchard: drums
- Tony Childs: bass
Other guest members included:
- Robert Forster
- Clare McKenna
- Tony Nolan
- Michael O'Connell
- Sue Welsh
Early performances by Xero featured Gang of Four covers.
Like many other bands, Xero often appeared at private functions in hired halls or parties in order to get around the limits of Brisbane's Hotel venues. Their anarchist political stance was supportive of women's/gay rights.
Interesting performances of note were at: The Curry Shop, Colossus Hall, Pete's Bingo Hall, Ithaca Pool, Caxton Street Hall, Atcherly Hotel, New York Hotel, Cement Box Theatre, Redcomb House, 4ZZZ Joint Efforts.
DiscographyXero were the proud owners of a 4-Track reel-to-reel tape recorder. This allowed them to be extremely prolific musicians. Most of their recordings ended up on cassette tapes.
- Xiro Live At The Cement Box Theatre (Ten of Cups) Released 1998.
Includes: Love And Anarchy; Behind The Chagall; 24D Pelaco; Every Kiddie Gets A Prize; Crazy Eddie; Photo Tattoo; Just A Night At Another Party; Blue Lagoon; 3 Squared; The Girls; Crime And Punishment; Out The Window; The Confessions?; The Girls
- Can't Stop It ( Chapter Records) compilation Released 2001
Includes: The Girls
- 1975-2000 Behind the Banana Curtain Compilation released 2001(?)Includes: Crazy Eddie
- Lust In The Dust (M Squared) Released 1981
Includes: The Girls; Crazy Eddie; The Misfits; Love and Anarchy; Every Kiddy Gets a Prize; The Surrendering.
- Half The Profits Released July 1980Includes: Just A Night At Another Party; OD; d.k; 2, 4-D Pelaco
- Religious Wars Released July 1980Includes: Say It Before The Music Stops; Behind The Chagall; A Little Strip Of Paper In Mid Air; The Confessions
- Leaving Home For The Party On The Roof Compilation released 1983Includes: Treason
- Know Your ProductInstitute of Modern Art Exhibition 11-27 September 1986
Curated by Ross Harley
- Out Of The Unknown: Brisbane Bands 1976-1988A Time Off Publication, 1988
by Doug Hutson and Gavin Sawford
- StrandedPan Macmillan Australia, 1996
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