Fishbone and the Untouchables Keep the Decadeslong Party Roaring

Backstage Bar & Billiards, March 1


Fishbone | Photo by Alexander Zayas

The weather outside may have been a Quadrophenia-style drizzle, but things were definitely hot inside the Triple B, as the Untouchables and Fishbone kept the horns blaring, the drums pounding and the audience skanking.

The Untouchables are arguably America’s first ska band and remain one of the finest. Sporting porkpie hats and dark sunglasses, they rocked through a set of head-bopping Dance Craze classics such as “Free Yourself” and “Keep On Pushing.” They may have been at this for nearly 30 years, but they play as tight as ever.

Fishbone has always been a band that bends genres—punk, funk, soul, ska, plain ol’ rock ’n’ roll—and they brought out the full menu for an enthusiastic crowd. The seven-piece band filled the stage, but that didn’t prevent frontman Angelo Moore from giving the kind of high-energy kinetic performance that he’s known for. Fishbone standards such as “Everyday Sunshine” became audience sing-alongs, while the band also brought out some lesser-known numbers, such as the bizarre, pseudo-country, “Whippersnapper.” Fishbone and the Untouchables have always been known as party bands and they certainly made sure everyone in the room had a good time. ★★★✩✩

Photos by Alexander Zayas