Picks and Pans Review: The Reality of My Surroundings
Starting with their first EP in 1985, this L.A. septet began carving out a niche as a ska-slam band, a strange but hearty hybrid of punk meets Rasta.
While the band has expanded its stylistic arsenal, its previous work has often been frantic and flyaway, more attitude than substance. This album, though it still skips along on the wild side, is the group's most impressive.
The mood bounces from reggae fun-house in "Pray to the Junkiemaker" to the rocking "Fight the Youth" to "Pressure," which sounds like a show tune played by crazed circus clowns.
Fishbone's core, singer Angelo Moore, guitarist Kendall Jones and drummer Phillip "Fish" Fisher, are in rare form, flaunting their eclectic repertoire of metal, funk, rock, pogo-pop and work chants. Listening to them is like watching a multicolored variety pack of Play-Doh go through a meat grinder. (Columbia)