Posted in music | pictures on July 27, 2012

photos by Saskia Kahn words by Jamie Frey

Fishbone at Brooklyn Bowl - 7/8/12
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Earlier this month, the CBGB Festival (plus everything else going on) made for a pretty exhausting first weekend, and to close it out, I found myself going out to see one of my favorite live bands, the eclectic, electric Fishbone at the late show at Brooklyn Bowl on July 8th (one of two shows for the band at the venue). Earlier this year their trials and tribulations were featured in the rock doc Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone.

In promotion of their new record Crazy Glue, singer/saxophonist Angelo Moore found himself sitting with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon, wailing his mighty theremin, performing on network TV for the first time in a while last Wednesday. They also played a live outdoor show in the scorching heat at Metrotech and a special all ages set for the family folk the afternoon before this Brooklyn Bowl performance Sunday night.

The first time I saw Fishbone was topping a ten band bill (including snorers King's X) at Don Hill's over ten years ago. Their great reception at Brooklyn Bowl this past Sunday gives me a feeling of an upswing in their over thirty year career. While introducing the same song, Angelo thanked The Roots, "taking a bullet" for Fishbone by playing "Lyin' Ass" Bitch upon Michelle Bachman's entrance, which was probably the most press the band has received since the 90's.

The real story of Fishbone is their live show, centered around original members Moore, who is a schizophrenic combination of Cab Calloway, Gil-Scott Heron and Iggy Pop, low down pocket groove bassist Norwood Fisher and recently returning trumpeter Dirty Walt, who started the band in South Central L.A. when they were in Junior High School. They are joined by Rocky George (ex-Suicidal Tendencies, Cro-Mags) on guitar, longtime drummer John Stewart and two younger cats, keeping the youthful vibe.

Fishbone's set was as speedy as ever, warmed up from the earlier performance, speeding through classics like "Ma and Pa" and "Everyday Sunshine" with thrashed out tenacity, including a double speed cover of Sublime's "Date Rape". Their feel good reggae flavored songs were cut with heavier tunes and theremin solos. Their composite of unfashionable genres: ska, funk, metal, new wave, hardcore and soul, makes for a crowd that is gleefully uncool, crowd surfing and moshing like Clinton was still in office. Fishbone unironically had a bunch of ladies come dance onstage with them, I guess Williamsburg really has changed.

The older, nostalgic crowd gleefully cheered on their heroes as they interwove new material, like the political title cut from their new album and the brilliant, swing-flavored "Behind My Sunglasses" with favorites like "Sunless Saturday" and their immaculate cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Freddy's Dead." Things can get silly at Fishbone shows; Angelo overseeing a drunk, stoned circus, but this band can seriously play (with a frontman who entertains, what a dated concept!) and is running strong when other bands would have called it quits twenty years ago.

More pictures from the Brooklyn Bowl show are below.

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Comments (20)

this kicks ass

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 1:11 PM

unfashionable genres

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 1:11 PM

never seen fishbone. but this looks like a lot of fun.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 1:18 PM

Fishbone will always be cooler than 99% of the bands you listen to. Saw them with murphys law and together they tore the roof off the venue!

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 1:36 PM

^ Hear hear!

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 2:22 PM

Fishbone, Biohazard, and Kyuss tour circa early 90s was the bozzzzomb bitches

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 2:40 PM

not being picky, but they were on saturday night live maybe 20 years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 3:32 PM

Never trust anyone over 30.

Ever.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 4:26 PM

Would've loved to have seen that, 2:40.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 5:11 PM

Great American band right from the start with their 1st ep.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 9:45 PM

FB were over in 1987. Anybody that was there knows this.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 11:18 PM

They performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon this January....it was off the hook!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 12:40 PM

never got into FB

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 3:57 PM

Never got into Facebook.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 5:42 PM

FishBone is Red Hot

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2012 12:32 AM

"FB were over in 1987. Anybody that was there knows this."

Finally, the token hipster comment. I can move on with my day now!

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 4:55 PM

Very interesting article, I look forward to more research coming out regarding the remaining two thirds

Posted by Youtube | September 28, 2012 1:55 PM

awesome and great music for all music lovers.

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