Bumbershoot Review Day 3: Fishbone

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Fishbone has seen and done virtually everything in their lengthy existence. They were early ska-punk pioneers who gained some mainstream success before being obliterated into obscurity. Despite their fall from grace they have continued to make music and tour. 

If you have seen the recent Fishbone documentary, Everyday Sunshine: The Fishbone Story, you might have worried that their Bumbershoot performance might be a tad depressing. The film carried a certain ‘Anvil’ vibe to it as the band had hit the skids in some ways.

None of that carried into their performance however. They hit the stage with a force of horns, drums and lead singer Angelo Moore was a ball of energy. The one constant in the film was his undying optimism, despite the reality of his surroundings. That optimism and positivity was on display Monday night at The Exhibition Hall.

At their best, Fishbone was a high energy ska band, with driving bass and blaring horns. Somewhere along the way they tried to morph into a thrash band and their popularity suffered for it. It was refreshing to see that they may have learned their lesson. Monday’s show featured all their best ska songs and nary an affected guitar.

The highlight of the night was their raucous version of the Fishbone classic ‘Party at ground zero’ in which the band sounded as tight as ever. Maybe there is still time for a Fishbone comeback.

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