Fishbone

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Fishbone

Somebody must have got their dates mixed up, because it appears that one of the US's premier party bands is heading to Japan a week wide of either of the main summer music festivals. Fishbone started live as a ska-punk band in LA in 1979, and have gone through more genre mutations and line-up changes than you'd care to count since then, though mainstream commercial success has generally proved elusive. Founding members Angelo Moore and John Norwood Fisher were reunited last year with trumpeter and vocalist "Dirty" Walter A. Kibby II, who'd parted ways with the 'Bone in 2003. At the time of writing, the band haven't been confirmed for Fuji Rock or Summer Sonic, but they will be playing a pair of shows here in Tokyo. After a solo date at Shibuya O-Nest on August 7, they're doing a bigger gig across the street at O-East, with support from boisterous Japanese ska band Oi-Skall Mates and James Brown devotees Zainichi Funk.