Bottom feeders

By JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 22, 2006

True enough. Flipper were a shambolic, distorted, slow-moving train wreck, a seeming intentional affront to the audience. “It just developed,” says Loose of early Flipper. “It evolved; I had this little bass rig with three different amps running different signals. An incredible sound. Punk-rocky and anti-that. A very different groove from what anyone else had. Also, Will had more advanced philosophical sarcasm; I had a kid’s.”

DePace concurs: “Bruce and Will were one heart and soul together.” So why return without Shatter? “Because I’m allowing it to, if we’re gonna be that bold,” says Loose. “I don’t know . . . because it’s fun? Without me, it’s not Flipper. There’s nobody to carry on the spirit Will and I carried.”

And is he concerned about the effect reuniting will have on the Flipper legacy? “I really don’t know. But we do put on a good show.”

FLIPPER + BLACKTAIL + MURDER MILE | Middle East downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge | August 25 | 617.864.EAST

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