March 14 2011
I have to say one of my all-time favorite bands is the legendary Fishbone. Let me put it this way, if Fishbone never existed, No Doubt and Red Hot Chili Peppers would never be what they are today. Fishbone was and still is one of the world's best live bands and their sound is one of a kind. Lying between Punk, Funk, Soul Rock and Hip-Hop, Fishbone could jump between genres, and blend sounds with an ease that no other band could ever do. Unfortunately, due to a narrowmined music industry, the band never got the credit it deserves mainly because they were black.
At the time when Fishbone was taking off, labels didn't know what to do with a black 'rock' band. They didn't fit the stereotype of what they thought black music should be. However, the band has garnered a large following from all over the world because of what they sounded like and not what they look like.
A new documentary called "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone" to be screened at this year's SXSW Film Festival explores the past, present and future of Fishbone
From the shifting faultlines of Hollywood fantasies and the economic and racial tensions of Reagan's America, Fishbone rose to become one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. With a blistering combination of punk and funk they demolished the walls of genre and challenged the racial stereotypes and political order of the music industry and the nation. Telling it like it is, the iconic Laurence Fishburne narrates EVERYDAY SUNSHINE, a story about music, history, fear, courage and funking on the one.
At the heart of the film's story is lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher who show how they keep the band rolling out of pride, desperation and love for their art. To overcome money woes, family strife, and the strain of being aging Punk rockers on the road, Norwood and Angelo are challenged to re-invent themselves in the face of dysfunction and ghosts from a painful past.
Featuring interviews with Flea, Gwen Stefani, Ice-T, Perry Farrell, Branford Marsalis, George Clinton, Tim Robbins, Gogol Bordello, ?uestlove, and others, EVERYDAY SUNSHINE traces the band's history, influence, and struggle as individualistic, genre-blending artists up against an unforgiving music industry that threatens to pass them by.
If you will be in Austin during SXSW, you can catch the screening of "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone" on Thursday, March 17 at 12pm at the Carver Museum Boyd. Vance Theater