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Fishbone Enters a New Phase as Members Look Back, And to a Future Without Curtis Story

One of Punks Founding Bands Continues On

By DONNA BALANCIA

Beyond Baroque has its hands full for 2017.

The historic arts hangout in Venice is one of the West Coast’s destinations if you want to know about the rise of punk in Los Angeles. This year is a pivotal year in punk as many of the bands we know celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Norwood Fisher and the Nextperience – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Fishbone’s Influence

“A lot of the bands you know started right here,” said Tequila Mockingbird, who works with the Punk Museum as well as Beyond Baroque. Among those bands she’s referring to are the band X, which also celebrates its 40th this year.

But punk is not without its diverse elements.  Fishbone was on hand the other night to screen the movie Everyday Sunshine and play some tunes. It was a celebration of the life of former band member Curtis Story and perhaps prepare the public for a new form of the Fishbone band.

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Angelo Moore and the Missing Links – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

New Bands

Splinter bands Norwood and The Familyhood Nextperience, and Angelo Moore and The Missing Links performed in honor and celebration of the life of ex-band member Curtis Story.

One of the big punk influences that emerged in that era was Fishbone, which featured one of the largest bands in memory. Anyone who has been to a Fishbone show knows it’s pure calamity, with stage diving, crowd surfing and great, upbeat ska-punk jazzy sound.

Angelo Moore and his theremin – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Beyond Baroque

In celebrating the “40 years of Punk” series, Fishbone members appeared at Beyond Baroque for a screening of the movie Everyday Sunshine. The film tells the story of Fishbone and how the band got its start, influenced by changing times in Los Angeles.

The band’s unique black-as-punk experience that started in the valley was the birth of a new sound.  At a time when Joey Ramone and the Sex Pistols took the East Coast by storm, Fishbone was one of the West Coast pioneers with its impressive perspective of punk from the multicultural view.

Flyin’ Jay Armant known for his stage diving and his horn – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Changes for Fishbone

But changes are afoot. In the movie Fishbone is depicted as the hot hit band that it is, but struggles are continual, many in part due to a changing record industry.  The loss of certain members has impacted the band greatly.

Norwood Fisher said a blood clot traveled up to Story’s brain from his leg and while he was ambulatory, he was never the same.

The Missing Links – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Party at Ground Zero

Fishbone is evolving yet again as the band members are doing their own thing. It’s not necessarily the end of the band, but the band may not present the way it has throughout its history.

The two new bands are entertaining as Angelo and his group scat it up with cool rythms and a fun front woman.  As for Fisher, he plugs along with projects and his music. He is hopeful Fishbone can keep on going. Judging by the sounds emanating from the Beyond Baroque it’s a good bet Fishbone will continue to “Party at Ground Zero.”

Angelo Moore with Tequila Mockingbird – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Living Colour Rocks the Canyon Club, Corey Glover and Crew Bring Elite to Agoura Hills Scene

Band’s ‘Personality’ Attracts Friends and Fans

By DONNA BALANCIA

Living Colour brought their style of bluesy punk to Canyon Club playing new songs and favorites to a packed house.

The band will release a new album, called Shade, in September.

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Corey Glover is dapper – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Like a Fine Wine

Comprised of frontman Corey Glover, Will Calhoun on drums, Doug Wimbish on bass and Vernon Reid on guitar, this band only improves as the years go on.

The band is styled by the Style Diva herself, Leisa Balfour, who celebrated an early birthday during the Canyon show.

Vernon Reid is among the best and most underrated lead guitarists around – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Vernon Reid

Living Colour has got what it takes. If there’s such a thing as getting better like a fine wine, these guys have it nailed. Vernon’s guitar work sounds more and more remarkable each time out, Corey has the chops and the warmth of one of the best frontmen in the business, Wimbish plays one of the most wicked slapping basses in music and Will Calhoun is one of the most underrated drummers on the planet.

Bassist Doug Wimbish puts on a show - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Bassist Doug Wimbish puts on a show – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Fans and Friends Visit Backstage

Their songs, in particular the hit “Cult of Personality,” electrify the room.

It’s hard to tell why Living Colour isn’t in the mainstream still after all these years. This band packed the Canyon and draws the fans even to side gigs, including supporting acts for other performers. Corey was on hand to celebrate the Sound Barrier reunion party at the Whisky A Go-Go several weeks ago.

Drummer Will Calhoun rips it on the kit – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Sound Barrier

Speaking of Sound Barrier, Bernie was among those hanging out with the Living Colour guys at the Canyon the other night. Sound Barrier recently released its single “I’m Just A Man,” and an EP is on the way.

 

A Collection of Photos: Living Colour at The Canyon Club

Bernie K. of Sound Barrier with stylist Leisa Balfour and Darius McCrary – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sound Barrier Performs at Whisky A Go-Go, Set to Release Music Through Tom Morello’s Firebrand Records

By DONNA BALANCIA

The Afro-Metal band Sound Barrier has reunited and will release their music through Tom Morello’s Firebrand Records label, Morello announced during a blowout night at The Whisky A Go-Go.

Hold the phone, Sound Barrier is back - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Hold the phone, Sound Barrier is back – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Sound Barrier and its members put on a great show with special guests and performed their new single “Just A Man,” which will drop April 28.

The legendary band inspired the likes of The Bad Brains, Fishbone and Living Colour. Corey Glover, the dynamic frontman from Living Colour was on hand to celebrate the occasion at the Whisky A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip.

Tom Morello and pals like Corey Glover, DJ Will, and Dug Pinnick celebrate the return of Sound Barrier - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Tom Morello and pals like Corey Glover, DJ Will, and Dug Pinnick celebrate the return of Sound Barrier – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

“In the 80s there was apartheid in music, where if you had a certain color skin, you could only play a certain kind of music,” Morello said in introducing Sound Barrier. “I realized that as a brown-skinned heavy metal guitar player I confronted a thing called ‘The Jimmy Hendrix Curse’ and every single gig that I played somebody would yell ‘Foxy Lady dude,’ or ‘Burn your guitar dude,’ or ‘Play some Hendrix’ because that was the only reference point they had.

Stars of metal and rock celebrate at Whisky - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Stars of metal and rock celebrate at Whisky – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

“Cut to some years later I’m attending a stuffy Ivy League university putting on my spandex and heading into downtown Boston for Wednesday metal nights where we’d watch metal videos all evening long and I was blown away by a video I saw it looked to me like a black Judas Priest and the name of that band was Sound Barrier. I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”

Sound Barrier’s Bernie Kimball is an original – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Others in attendance included former God Forbid musician Doc Coyle, Dug Pinnick from King’s X and KXM, and Sin Quirin from Ministry. In addition, awards were given to several rock influencers including Willie Basse, musician and producer and one of the influencers of the Sunset Strip and producer Bill Metoyer.

Bernie Kimbell ripped up the vocals, Spacey T Singleton plays guitar, Stanley E. is on bass and Eric Valentine is on the kit. Valentine took over for Dave Brown, who died from cancer in 2013.

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