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It’s Friday night, and 415 fans are packed into Bill’s Bar on Lansdowne Street to witness it. Xguru’s sold-out CD release concert for their debut album: Wonder Of It All (1999/Atomic). A large man wearing a headset comes to the green room and signals the band that it’s time to take the stage. He parts the eager crowd and Xguru follows, squeezing through the sardine can to the sound of Soul Coughing’s Super Bon Bon cranked up on the house speakers: “Move aside and let the man go through, let the man go through.” Outside on the curb, across from Fenway Park where a Sox game is underway, there's still a line out the door. Some fans get turned away while the last lucky handful rush in to see yet another powerful and unforgettable show by one of Boston’s local favorites at the top of its game.
Soundcheck Magazine called Wonder Of It All, recorded at the legendary Fort Apache and produced by Tim O’Heir (Juliana Hatfield, Sebadoe, Dinosaur Jr., All-American Rejects) “one of the better sounding CD’s” they’d heard, and Xguru a “polished” band with “fine musicians and writers” whose songs have “plenty of hooks teamed with good vocals.” The band’s ability to write catchy songs and their “clever command of lyrical imagery” (Metronome Magazine) was evident from Xguru’s first recording, a four-song demo that immediately put the band on the map in Boston. The band's second recording, an EP called “Live At Mama Kin,” showcased compelling new material by increasingly talented writers who are as much at home in the studio as they are on stage.
A staple of the Boston rock scene from 1997 through 2001, Xguru regularly headlined top venues such as Mama Kin, The Rathskellar (“The Rat”), Bill’s Bar, The Middle East, and TT The Bears. The band also rocked colleges and universities such as Emerson and Northeastern, enjoyed regular airplay on several stations in Greater Boston, including WBCN and WFNX, as well as college stations across the country, and shared stages with major-label as well as Indie acts, including Evan & Jaron, The Watchmen, Angry Salad, The Expanding Man, Betty Goo, and Watts.
Fil Ramil, a veteran rocker and formidable singer and guitar player, replaced Scott King who had been Xguru's frontman, and the band continued for about a year before calling it quits due to creative differences. About a decade later, Chris Rings moved back East and reconnected with Scott King. In classic Blues Brothers fashion, they decided to put the band back together. The other two original members declined to join them, and then out of the blue, Fil Ramil showed up ready to rock! Both of Xguru's lead singers and frontmen in the same band? Awesome!
And now Xguru is back!, with a new and impressive lineup of musicians, and a surplus of exciting new songs, along with fresh interpretations of their best material from their early years.
Stay tuned for news of upcoming gigs, new recordings, and more!