X-Wife are a rock band from Portugal. Current members are: João Vieira (vocals/guitar), Fernando Sousa (bass), Rui Maia (Synthesizers/ drums/drum machine).
In the early 90's João Vieira
had been involved in a few bands, namely Centerfold where he handled vocal duties. The band genre could be defined as Britpop
and never got any record deal. In the mid 90's Vieira goes to London
to study graphic design. There he gets involved in several bands and even forms a band under the name Centerfold. Unlike the original Centerfold, this band was mainly a 70's glam rock
thing. Like happened with the first incarnation of Centerfold, no success was achieved. Still while in London, together with a friend (Stuart), he founded what was known as the Club Kitten where he DJ'ed under the nickname DJ Kitten
. The club soon gets the attention of the British press.
In January 2001 Vieira returns to Portugal
, and sets a new Club Kitten in the Triplex disco in the city of Porto
where he continues to perform under the name DJ Kitten. Like happened in London, Club Kitten is a success and DJ Kitten performs around the country in several parties. Around the same time, after long conversations about music, he and Fernando Sousa
(at the time in a band called Stealing Orchestra), decide to start jamming together. After meeting Rui Maia
in a bar, X-Wife was complete (the official date of birth of X-Wife is March 2002). Starting from a set of demos that Vieira recorded in a minidisc
while in London, the band initiates their rehearsals. In one of those rehearsals a record label
(Nortesul) manager shows up (by indication of a mutual friend) and two months after a record deal is presented to the trio. In 2003 they release the Rockin' Rio EP
, which includes the tracks "Rockin' Rio", “Eno” and “We Are” . The track "Rockin' Rio" gets considerable airplay
in Portuguese radio
. On the 10th of January of 2004, Feeding The Machine
is released and "Action Plan", despite the fact it wasn't edited as a single
, gets a massive airplay on the radio. The album gets quite good reviews
from the press, and a tour in clubs and summer festivals follows. On the 10th of April of 2006 they release Side Effects
, from which "Ping-Pong" is select as the first single. "Ping-Pong" excellent video was directed by Kalle Kotila & Malakias (las palmas films). "Realize" is the second single from Side Effects
, André Cepêda, directed the video. Side Effects
has been released in Spain by Pupilo Records. X-Wife are currently on the studio recording their third album which will be due in September 2008.
- Vieira had two names in mind for the band: "X-Wife" and "Side Effects"
- Vieira while in London was part of a two piece band named "Ex-Wife"
- Rui Maia play all drum parts in Side Effects. He used to be a drummer before X-Wife. His obsession with electronics made him play synthesizers.
- The 1st song they recorded on studio was "We Are".