Thursday, November 4, 2010
The Brave new world of Ethnic Faces
An amalgam of talent that paved the way for other bands to follow. Born
out of two pioneering Brave New World bands, The Zoo, later renamed
Ocean Zoo, to avoid confusion with an Australian band of
name, and The Lost Boys, Ethnic Faces was a band that fearlessly tread
where other bands cowered and buckled. But before Ethnic Faces, there
were then two.
The Zoo. Guitarist Jolt. Edgrr 5, their keyboardist/bassist, drummer Zebra and singer
Jack B. Quick played barebones punkish keyboard-driven poppy un-chong
New Wave. The first of their kind, in more ways than one. No other band
looked like The Zoo. No other band had stage presence like The Zoo..
and no other band played like The Zoo.
They were also one of the first to have released an independently produced 7" EP entitled Animal Party. Resplendent in its hot pink sleeve and cartoon cover drawn by singer Jack's nephew Ari, Animal Party
was a first. Yes, local punk band Chaos, later renamed Third World
Chaos, also produced and released an equally independent single, The
Zoo was different. The Zoo took Punk's raw energy, re-channelled it and
spit it right back with a New Wave angst that fit right into the
predominantly Punk Brave New World underground movement
Though its tumultous history and rumored infighting seemed to overshadow its very existence, Ethnic Faces weathered the times, through numerous line-up changes and stylistic variations. They managed to release a now-rare, out-of-print single of Within Tribes b/w Back Home Shangri-La. They also saw two of their now-classic cuts from the local late 80's New Wave compilation Ten Of Another Kind, Balikbayan and Golden Boy, even managing a major label album Dekada under the now-defunct Octoarts Intl. label in 1995. ETHNIC faces even started alternative, long before the term Alternative was coined." and supringsingly kids nowadays doesnt have any idea that these kind of bands exists way before they discovered the term punk or indie which is now a uniform trend & a market for consumerism. even some popular rock bands nowadays are trying to imitate jack sikats raw energy and attitude on stage but no one can duplicate the original for sure.. these group is way beyond there time and theyre timeless in essence