An entire generation has been born and become jaded and annoyed at everything in the time since seminal punk/funk/free-jazz trio fIREHOSE decided to call it a day in 1994. Mined from the tragedy of a prematurely dissolved Minutemen in 1986 following guitarist D. Boon's death, fIREHOSE picked up that hugely inventive niche, releasing punk touchstones Ragin', Full On and Fromohio on the stalwart SST label, as well as the excellent major-label release Flyin' the Flannel. It's from the band's final three years on Columbia that a new anthology, lowFLOWS, has been assembled, chronicling the more exposed years of the trio, led at least in spirit by legendary bassist Mike Watt (Ed Crawford and George Hurley were equally important musically). This small reunion trek leads the group directly to the feeding trough of a ballyhooed Coachella set, where undoubtedly, as ever, a bunch of dicks will confuse them with Firehouse.
RYAN J. PRADO