'The Fine Balance of Enlightenment at It's Most Mercurial!'
More than two years ago Wicked Wisdom (Jada Pinkett Smith - vocals; Pocket Honore - lead guitar; Phillip Fisher - drums; Rio Lawrence - bass guitar; Cameron Graves - rhythm guitar & keys) set out on a fearless journey to create music that defies boundaries and convention.
Fronted by accomplished actor Jada Pinkett Smith and backed by a live band whose resume displays a wealth of live and recorded projects, Wicked Wisdom has given birth to a sound that cannot be confined in a single genre. Seamlessly fusing the screaming guitars of heavy rock, driving drums of speed metal and unmistakably locked grooves of funk, with a melodic vocal style that is at the same time fierce and vulnerable, Wicked Wisdom tap into the blood line that fuels the human condition.
This powerful music will be the soundtrack to revolutions as it pulses with an appeal so broad the typical restraints of our societies fall by the wayside.
When Wicked Wisdom's Music Director Pocket Honore tuned down his Guitar and started writing new material with recent addition Cameron Graves A.K.A. Young Beige the two realized they were creating a truly explosive sound. This new sound combined with Smith's searingly honest and revealing vocals proved the band was on the right path.
The addition of Fishbone founding member Phillip Fisher on the drums pushed the sound even deeper into the depths of a hard, dark soundscape. Bass player Rio Lawrence's extreme stage presence can only be topped by his ability to fly through his booming bass riffs with an easy aggression. Rhythm Guitarist and keyboard player Cameron Gravesplays the crucial role of maintaining this band's hard melody while accompanying Pocket's wild guitar style.
Chatting recently with the clearly impassioned Pocket, I first wondered where their musical relationship with Jada had first hatched? "There was a sperm and it ran into this egg… no…actually it was in a friendly dice game!"
Your band name and self-titled album are obviously meaningful to you, so please explain more about its conception and what it actually means to you "Basically it means open_expression."
If there was one track on this new album that truly encapsulated Wicked Wisdom at their musical and lyrical finest, which one would it be ... and why? "Next question…"
Er, OK ... How did your association with Ozzfest come about and what are your memories of your very first performance on the tour? "Next question…"
Er, ... OK ... A quote found in your Press Release reads: "Like it or not we're coming for that Ass"! Er, just for the record, who's 'ass' are we actually talking about here?! "Could be yours… maybe your mama’s!"
For fun, and taking the titles of a few of your album tracks, please let us know:
'Something Inside Of Me' - Any chance you can name something that you once had inside you that you are very grateful to no longer have there now?! "Lactose problem."
'Cruel Intentions' - What's been one of the cruelest things that you've ever wished to do ... and yet (perhaps) never did?! "Choke you for asking all these dumb ass questions!"
'Set Me Free' - OK, in order to set you free please tell us a home truth about yourself that you've never revealed before! "That I don’t like getting asked dumb questions in interviews!"
What '80s (and possibly cheesy!) song would you love to cover today if asked ...and why?! "None of them don’t ask…we don’t do covers."
Lastly, I like Penguins ... do you?! "F**K OFF…Next question…do you like yourself?"
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
If you would like to win a copy of Wicked Wisdom's brand new CD, just answer this easy question: What is drummer Phillip Fisher's nickname?!
Send me your answers and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win one of these great new CDs! Just send us an e:mail here before May 15th with your answer and the subject title 'WICKED WISDOM CDs' to: email@example.com
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