Fishbone's Norwood Fisher has a unique notion of community service. His idea of
giving back to the community is putting together a compilation of East L. A.
bands on his new label, Mexnut. Called Barrio Artistas (early May), the
15-track album is the first from the label started by the high-energy funketeer
and his partner, Eddie Ayala, a former member of the legendary early 80's L.A.
punk band, Los Illegals.
Norwood told ATN the recent Trulio Disgracias
show at the Roxy (Feb. 9), which featured a guest spot from George Clinton, was
a celebration of the final tracking of songs for the collection, which is being
co-produced by Fisher and Ayala. "We brought a bunch of mostly new bands,
probably 22, into the Fishbone studio, the Nuttsack," Fisher said, "and we got
some amazing stuff from them."
Fisher described the range of styles on the
album as "all over the place." But Fisher emphasized that all the bands in some
way reflect their East L. A. environment. "They all have a neighborhood
influence. That's the appealing thing to me," Fisher said, "It's what we try to
do in Fishbone. We try to make it a mix of what we listen to, what we're into
and mix it with the influence of our neighborhood and the music we grew up
To that end, Artistas will have rap, rock rap, funk, punk,
punk hybrids and an intriguing surprise turn Fisher described as "beautiful
vocal stylings like Alanis Morissette and Poe." Bands scheduled for inclusion
are: Motita, Marble, Calazera, Quetzal, Lisa Flores and Ayala's new band,