Toiling in obscurity may be
considered "hip" for some, or just another unfortunate aspect of the D.I.Y.
ethic for others. In a world where mediocre music is packaged and gobbled up
by the masses, there's been little room for bands who have something
meaningful to say. But we can thank our lucky stars for bands like
Nomeansno, Fugazi, Bikini Kill and a handful of others
that still prove that it's still cool to stand for something, to have
opinions and dare you to think a little bit... god forbid! And with that, I
step off my soapbox and give you ... The Fixtures!
Originally formed in Indiana
by Kevin Huddleson in the late '80's, the Fixtures found the Midwest
wasn't really embracing their hardcore punkiness and they soon left for the
seemingly more accepting Southern California. Forging ahead, they played
every dive bar and club whether it was punk-rock-approved or not. Not
relying on a label to offer them a record deal, they self-released two full
lengths, Dangerous Music in '87 and Defect in '91. With each release the
Fixtures increased their fan base enough to try their hand at touring.
Drummer/vocalist, Huddleson, claims that they "made the transition from
unknown local band to relatively unknown touring band" quite easily! To
date, they've played with all the punk rock stalwarts from the
Offspring and Supersuckers to Lazy Cowgirls and
Always a fan of the band,
Alternative Tentacles releases the Fixtures 3rd full length The
Devil's Playground in September. For those who think labels aren't just for
cans, the Fixtures, as described by Huddleson, "is stuck between a
rock and a hardcore...It's non-candyass protest music." More specifically,
the Fixtures are all about giving something of themselves, being
poignant without being preachy, and entertaining whoever will show up to
listen. Since their album came out on AT, there have been a few more releases.
1996 Devil's Playground