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9- The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 11, 2000

ART S

UOff Skid Row,
IBach brings new
.sound to Harpo )'s

FLOW
Continued from Page 8
band Smokestack. A five man
blues-rock jamband, Smokestack
has been steadily earning more and
more gigs throughout the Ann
Arbor/Ypsilanti area and, in terms
of dance-inspiring grooves, its past
two headlining shows at the Pig
have been worth far more than the
S5 cover. With its growing momen-
tum, keyboardist and LSA sopho-

more James Sibley IV feels that the
band is on the cusp of a new musi-
cal direction.
"Chuck (Newsome, guitarist) is in
Wayne State's jazz studies program,
and I'm taking a jazz improv class
at the School of Music, and we def-
initely want to bring that influen e
into our music," Sibley said. "We're
starting to write more complicated
things than your straight-ahead
blues stuff, starting to branch out,
and it's all pretty cool."

By Adlin Rosli
Daily Arts Writer
A father of two sons, a lover of
Mexican food and the proud bearer of
a tattoo proclaiming "Youth Gone
Wild" isn't quite exactly the typical
image of the All-American Dad. But
then again, Sebastian Bach is no ordi-

Sebastian
Bach
Harpo's
Tomorrow at 8 p.m.

nary man at all.
The once for-
mer lead singer
of Skid Row has
lived quite the
charmed life,
starting his rock
and roll career
in his late teens,
originally in a
band called
Madam X
before the rest
of Skid Row
picked him up
to front one of

open for us, but in the end we some-
how ended up just getting lumped
with bands like Poison and such. Not
that Poison wasn't a good band or
anything," Bach lamented.
Due to internal tensions in Skid
Row following the release of its
"Subhuman Race" album in 1995, the
band broke up. However, Bach's
involvement in making music and
touring hasn't slowed down. Since the
break up, he's done national and
international tours performing classic
Skid Row material and some new
solo numbers. "I recently signed a
four album deal with Spitfire Records
and am in the middle of working on
an album of all new material. They
way things are going, it's probably
going to be out later this year some
time," Bach said.
He also explained that his love for
his music has been keeping life fresh
and exciting on a daily basis. "I really
believe rock and roll keeps you young
man, you just have to look at the guys
in Aerosmith or Rolling Stones to see
this is true. I mean, I'm 31 now and I
have friends my age who did the
whole 'regular job' thing, and they
just don't seem like they enjoy life
that much anymore, like they are
sleep walking towards the weekend."

Courtesy of Spitfire
Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach still thinks he's a youth gone wild.

OLUPUS
Continued from Page 8
recalled another show from the
band's history when Olupus played at
Loyola University in Chicago on a bill
with They Might Be Giants and Tone
Loc. "It was pretty strange," Jacokes
said, remarking on the combination of
different artists.
The band has been maturing
steadily throughout the years since
it was formed in 1993 by Davidson,
Berlinghof and Miller while in high
school. PJ joined in 1996, and it
was then that they changed their
name to Olupus and became serious
about their music. In 1997, they
recorded a five song EP titled
"Passing Ships" which Jacokes
claims is now "outdated and not a
good example of what the band is."
The band recently recorded
another short demo album, printing
only 100 copies on Zahmbee Karlt

Records, which they sent to a nux-
ber of record companies an'd
received much positive feedbaek-
especially from Alamo, a New York.i
label. Since then, they have writtten.-
more than 30 songs. The songwrit-
ing process is collective, although
Davidson and Jacokes usually come
in with the skeleton of the song;
Olupus enjoys this type of writiwg"
process as it allows for a variety of
influences to come into the musie.
and form it into something totally "
new.
This summer, Olupus will continue
the maturation process by moving to
Chicago, where lead guitarist Davidson-
now lives. There they will attempt to
get into the studio and record some new-
material before playing in the new city.
According to Jacokes, despite the move
to the Windy City, "Detroit will always
be home." But get some lovin' this yeir
because this may be Cupid's last night
out in Detroit.

the late '80s / early '90s most well
known groups.
"The band Skid Row was always
more harder edged than the other
groups within the peers we were com-
pared with at the time. Back in the
day, we would be taking out bands
ike Biohazard and Pantera out to
o
'Gritty'Horl
By Jennifer Fogel
For the Daily
"The room's the same, so is the
work," philosophizes Frank Pembleton
when he returns to the highly acclaimed
p drama "Homicide: Life on the
Streets" After a startling cancellation
last year, "Homicide" returns to NBC
in a made-for-TV movie, with the entire
cast (even those dead and gone) making
an appearance.
"Homicide" begins with the terrify-
ing public shooting of Lt. Al Giardello
who is running for mayor of Baltimore.
Instantaneously
wired all across
Maryland, the
shooting is the
Homicide: only case that
The Movie could bring out
Grade: B+ the Homicide
unit in full force.
NC The movie gives
Sunday at 9 p.m.
a new meaning
to "Reach out
and ouch some-
one" as one
phone rings after
another and the
bulletins go out
over the police radio. Carefully pieced
together, the whole team arrives and
sets out to find the elusive gunman.

nicide retun
As old competitions are revived and
new blood tries to learn from the
returning legends, the tensions mount
throughout the unit. Legends seems to
be an understatement as the great Frank
Pembleton (Emmy Award winner
Andre Braugher) and his partner Tim
Bayliss (Kyle Secor) team up once
again as though neither had left the
squad. In their "natural" way, Pemble-
ton and Bayliss suddenly take over the
movie as well as the investigation,
reminding the viewer just how great
these two actors are.
Writer/Director Barrv Levinson and
writer/producer Tom Fontana also
reteamed to create a wonderfully com-
pelling story. The plot thickens as the
unit finds itself in the middle of a politi-
cal hotbed. While searching for clues,

While most lead singers who tour
after a band's break up tend to do so
in a manner that showcases only the
singer's ego, Bach promises that his
shows will always be about a great
collection of musicians onstage deliv-
ering a band performance and not
merely a singer's performance. "The
shows this time around is going to be
crazy man, I got two drummers
onstage side by side. It's going to be a
massive wall of percussion greeting
you and one of the drummers is
Anton Fig (from The Late Show)!
I've also got Paul Crook who was
Anthrax's touring guitarist in my band
now bringing his sick and heavy gui-
ns toN
the story is plagued by the ambiguities
of race relations and politics, criticism
of the media, and the path of man's
ability to forgive and survive. Every
which way you turn, there is another
suspect, and with all of the media cam-
eras around, no one seems to pick up
the actual shooter, yet all are ready and
waiting to get in the detectives' faces.
The rapid editing sequences that
"Homicide" is known for are beautiful-
ly interspersed within the movie, while
black and white memory scenes play-
fully remind us of past episodes. The
banter between detectives is sharper
than ever, even under the circum-
stances. The cast gives a superb perfor-
mance and everything in Baltimore
police department of "Homicide" feels
like we never left.

tar tone to the shows!" Bach
exclaimed excitedly.
The former Skid Row singer obvi-
ously shows no signs of slowing
down with his music career, but one
question persists. What will he think
to himself one day when he's 50 and
looks at his "Youth Gone Wild" tattoo
on his arm? "I will probably add
another tatoo on there saying, 'for-
merly a,' or something like that! Seri-
ously though, I'll look at it as a
reminder of a great period in my life.
The tattoo was never really a state-
ment of frame of mind though, its
actually a reference to the Skid Row
song of the same name."

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