Borrowing its name from a Public Enemy track and staking its claim as the “first black supergroup,” Anti Nigger Machine (or more palatably, ANM) sports an all-star lineup of musicians that most folks have probably never heard of:
- dUg Pinnick (King’s X): vocals
- Jimi Hazel (24-7 Spyz): guitar, vocals
- Rick Skatore (24-7 Spyz): bass, vocals
- Spacey T (Sound Barrier, Fishbone): guitar, vocals
- Greg Fulton (Cyclone Temple, Rebels Without Applause): guitar, vocals
- Phil D. Fish (Fishbone, Wicked Wisdom): drums, percussion
The details are a bit sketchy, but apparently ANM convened sometime in late 2009 to begin writing for an album that was expected to hit the streets in mid-2010. I can only assume that with band name containing “the n-word,” the search for a label home was a little more difficult than the guys had expected amid the climate of a music industry collapsing in on itself. One has to wonder why they didn’t just release the album independently rather than bothering to shop it around. Regardless, the end result is a mix of funk, metal, and 70s rock that should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with this collection of musicians. Hopefully the album will see the light of day sometime soon.
To be completely honest, I wasn’t feeling the verse sections of “Clown’s Dichotomy” at first, but by the time I had reached the bridge the second time, I was bobbing my head to the groove ANM was laying down. Nice.