"Love Hits" (2006) is our the band's "double album" - a retro-sounding acoustic-style alternative rock with lots of viola.

The follow-up album "U" (2017) is Simon's solo album.

Simon is working on material for a third album.

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XUK Biography

XUK started life in 2003 as a four piece rock band with a traditional line up - vocals/guitar/bass/drums - principally formed to play the material of British singer/songwriter Simon Holden. A key member of the band from the earliest days was Simon's son, Robin Holden (22 years old at the time), who first played drums, then bass for the band. Viola player Eric Summer was introduced to the band by a mutual friend in 2004 and XUK's unique, symphonic sound was born. Robin Holden went on to play bass for another Los Angeles-based British band, The King Cheetah (TKC), while remaining on drums for XUK as well as engineering and producing XUK's debut CD. After XUK's CD was released in August 2005, Matt Peter of The Letter Openers stepped in to play bass for XUK's live shows. Robin remained on drums until October 2005 when he left the band to concentrate on his bass role in TKC. At that time Simon's friend Ron Pak (Maple Mars, Double-Naught Spies, Drive-Thru Jesus) joined as the drummer. In September 2006 Johnny K, former band mate of Ron's in Drive-Thru Jesus, took over the bass duties.

XUK was first brought to the attention of thousands of online listeners at iSound.com in June of 2005 and XUK have occupied the Number One spot in the website's Top 100 Unsigned Artists Chart. Registering over 16,000 page views and more than 11,000 song plays in three months, XUK is attracting a growing fan base around the world from the US & Canada to the UK, from the Phillipines to Australia. XUK music is now available on most major music download sites including iTunes.

Producer Robin Holden was honoured with the 2006 DIY Producer of the Year Award for his work on "Love Hits", XUK's 21 song debut double album.

XUK was a runner-up in the 2006 Singer/Songwriter Awards. Simon Holden is currently writing material for the band's follow-up album.

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