|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||post-punk alternative indie rock indie rock alternative rock punk sst|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
This propulsive US hardcore trio (usually titled fIREHOSE) was formed by two ex-members of the Minutemen, Mike Watt (20 March 1957, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA; vocals/bass) and George Hurley (drums), following the death of the latter bands founding guitarist, D. Boon, in 1985. Ed Crawford aka eD fROMOHIO, completed the new ventures line-up, which made its debut in 1986 with the impressive Ragin, Full-On. Although undeniably powerful, the material Firehose offered was less explicit than that of its predecessor, and showed a greater emphasis on melody rather than bluster. Successive releases, Ifn and fROMOHIO, revealed a band that, although bedevilled by inconsistency, was nonetheless capable of inventive, exciting music. At their best, these songs merged knowing sarcasm (see For The Singer Of R.E.M.) with an unreconstructed approach to music making (as on drum solo Let The Drummer Have Some). In 1989, Watt and Hurley...