Sound Barrier brought their “Red & Black Attack” back to the Ultimate Jam Night at the Whisky a Go Go with a Bang! They looked and sounded great and it’s clear they continue to carry the same message of progress and unity through music.
Originally formed in 1980, Sound Barrier brought four African-American musicians together into the white dominated genre of Heavy Metal. Paving the way for and influencing such bands as Living Color, Deftones, Suicidal Tendencies, and Rage Against the Machine, Sound Barrier didn’t receive initial success, but their presence provided an unheard voice that today is only becoming louder and as necessary as ever.
Brought back together at the insistence of Rage Against the Machine guitarist, Tom Morello, Sound Barrier played a mini set debuting their first new material in over 30 years. They played a few covers and then unleashed their first new songs on the packed house.
Sound Barrier Introduction by Tom Morello
Sound Barrier’s new single “I’m Just a Man” will be released at the end of April
They in turn honored another legend in Rock, Phil Lynott, by playing Thin Lizzy’s, “Hollywood (Down On Your Luck)”.
The band consists of original members, Bernie Kimbell (vocals), Tracey “Spacey T” Singleton (guitar), Stanley E. (bass) and newest member, Eric Valentine (drums) filling the seat of original drummer, Dave Brown who passed away in 2013.
The “Metal Has No Color” theme was laced throughout the evening in an effort to bring people of all races, color and creed together through the universal healing and love of music.
L.A. is a melting pot as is, but tonight the diversity on and off the stage allowed for a harmonious gathering, all in the name of music.
Eric Valentine and Tracey “Spacey T” Singleton (Sound Barrier) joined by Corey Glover (Living Colour), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Doc Coyle (God Forbid), dUg Pinnick (Kings X)
Full Ultimate Jam Night – 105 “Metal Has No Color” Coverage