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FREE DOWNLOAD: 'Whipper Snapper' from Fishbone's latest 'Intrinsically Intertwined' EP. #SoundCheck

It looks like Angelo Moore's creative resurgence on last year's Brand New Step has carried over to his main drag Fishbone. But the credit isn't Moore's alone, the whole band sounds focused and energized in a way they haven't in years. Norwood Fisher handles the majority of the songwriting duties on Intrinsically Intertwined, and the chemistry between the band members is as strong as ever.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor
Banner photo by Steady Jenny

A band is a lot like a relationship. And after 35 years together, Fishbone has figured out that the way to keep it fresh is to focus on what they do best. Fortunately, that's experiment. While all of the songs on Intrinsically Intertwined stay within the band's punk/ska/reggae wheelhouse, they fill the songs with boundary pushing arrangements and dynamic twists and turns. On opener “Unstuck,” the band's harmonies and gang vocals compliment Angelo's contorting lead. It doesn't hurt that this is probably the best song the band's written in years. But you can easily hear the band's directive to “get that gum right off your shoe / pick yourself right out that glue” as a mission statement.

Photo by Amanda McCarver

Similarly “Interdependent” may be a song about the way all of us are intertwined, but the trading lead vocals highlights the fact that 35 years in and all of Fishbone's members fates are particularly interdependent. While they've all had successes with other projects in recent years, there's no denying the magic that happens when they're all in it together. But it's not all seriousness and multi-layered metaphors. “Kung Fu Grip” is the kind of goofy old school hardcore track the band once kicked out on the regular. The EP closes with the zydeco-tinged “Whipper Snapper (Remix),” but don't worry. This isn't some trend-chasing house mix; it's just a tweaked mix of their 2013 single “Whipper Snapper.” It's strange, fun, and catchy in all the ways Fishbone is supposed to be. In short, it's fucking great.

Fishbone is back, ladies and gents. We're proud to offer a free download of “Whipper Snapper (Remix).”


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Comment by Chuckdeezul on April 25, 2014 at 9:27pm

Angelo, Walter K, Norwood. Fishbone. Rocky George on Axe. 

Comment by ibrother on April 24, 2014 at 1:35pm

Fishbone hasn't gone anywhere.

They are still putting it down, showing everyone how it is to be done.

Comment by boot-cheese-3000 on April 24, 2014 at 11:55am

Long live the FISHBONE!!!!

Brothers'll still be rockin' in their wheelchairs lol...

Just like The Skatelites. A friend of my twin brother saw them perform YEARS ago, like around 20 or so years ago. Dude said those crusty old mofos was out there with walkers and canes throwin' down! XD

Comment by BK_Malik on April 24, 2014 at 1:25am

Long live the FISHBONE!!!!

Brothers'll still be rockin' in their wheelchairs lol...

Comment by boot-cheese-3000 on April 23, 2014 at 3:01pm

FISHBONE is back!!!!! if they ever left to begin with............;)

Comment by edward little jr. on April 23, 2014 at 2:09pm

Ive been a Fishbone fan for years. I'm so happy they are still together and making fantastic music. These tracks sound GREAT!!!

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