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Fan of Music, Band, Musician, Song Writer, Business Development, Producer
Style of Prog
Art Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock, New Prog, Crossover Prog, Progressive Jazz/Fusion, Also a fan of other genres of music
Rubber Skunk is not an entree you happened upon at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant, nor is it a new breed of the mephitis genus. It’s not even the exotic strain of weed you got offered from that backpack-clad hippie at the last music festival you went to. Rubber Skunk is a Manhattan-based funky, high energy band, eager to claw, spray, and jam its way up to heights never attained by its predecessors.
The band is comprised of Thomas Mintel on drums, Grant Fisher on guitar and vocals, Bob DiGiacomo on bass, and Jordan Vincent on keys and vocals. The band was birthed, and grew a strong following, amidst the academia and keg-induced indulgence of the University of Delaware. Two renegade engineering students got together possessing only a big, loud drum kit, an orange Les Paul, and the desire to take music into the future. They started rehearsing in a small, hot, third floor bedroom and woodshedding some funky vibrations the world had yet to experience. Soon enough, a suspicious psychology student conducting research on “the blowing of minds”, and a 6-foot-4, 350lb mean looking guy, caught a whiff of something in the sonic kingdom that was being jolted around and hopped on. The former would become the bands keyboardist/vocalist, and the latter its filthy bass player. Within a few weeks, the band was blasting through 7=hour practice sessions twice a week and laying the foundation for their sound. In another 3-months the band was playing to a capacity crowd regularly at local music bar Homegrown Cafe. They expanded their reach further playing the charity-gone-intox festival Skidfest, to a rowdy 2000, and later to the century-old Arden Fair. After graduation, the Skunks, having hoarded their nuts, migrated to their current base in Manhattan, New York. Rubber Skunk made their city debut at Sullivan Hall, a great home to funk and jam music in Greenwich Village, to great success and a repeat performance at the semi-monthly event Funk Fest. The Skunks are currently working eagerly on material for an upcoming EP release, and spreading their strangely addicting odor all over the city.
If the name Rubber Skunk recalls olfactory experiences potent enough to cause an involuntary recoiling in the back and legs, you have an idea of the band’s sound – which is comparable to sitting down at a picnic table abound with barbecued delights. The Skunk’s instinct is to sear it’s signature funk indelibly in to the pleasure centers of the cerebral cortex of those close enough to catch a whiff of its potent vibrations. Strange and intense physiological effects are commonly seen in subjects following exposure, most commonly “getting down”. Other bystanders were seen to start stepping, and tapping, hollering, and more generally being pleasantly agitated by the scrumptious vibrations that penetrated through to their carnal senses. To put it plainly, they are funky, tight, and improvisational. Their original mix of funk, jazz, jam band, and rock and roll will keep the most zealous partier on the dance floor, while holding the most discerning ears in satisfied absorption. To quote Animal of The Muppet Babies fame on the band’s grooving sound, “Manaahahhananananhh!”, which is regarded by experts to be a great compliment. If a curious inclination about what’s happening here should befall you – don’t resist – follow your nose and see what you’ve been missing.
Influences or Favorite Bands
Yes, Primus, Phish, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dream Theater, Pat Metheny, Rush, OPETH, Umphrey's McGee, ELP, Jehtro Tull, Deep Purple, Herbie Hancock
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Hello Grant Welcome to Power of Prog. Make yourself at home and feel free to browse the site, make some new friends. There is so much to hear, see and do here at Power of Prog like blogs, videos, events and even chat. If you like the site and we hope you do please invite your friends. Cheers Nick