Through hard work, hard times, and long drives, Fish Out of Water didn’t burst onto the live music scene in the U.S. and Australia, they grinded until they couldn’t be denied. Touring full time for over the past seven years has not only separated F.O.W. from other acts, but has created a well-oiled rock, funk, reggae, and hip-hop machine. The patience of founding members Brandon and Kyle Moon has finally come to fruition this past year. Their 5th and most sonically sophisticated album Married to the Music has hit the road with them as they promote the album in a non-stop U.S. tour through November. The buzz on this album has been growing in the music community and is being submitted to the Grammy’s for “Best Album by a New Artist”. Their hit single on the album Chicken & Blunts was in the top 100 downloaded singles on iTunes for over 3 weeks and features MC J-Sneez from Myrtle Beach, SC.
Growing up together as cousins born one month apart, Kyle and Brandon started the band in San Luis Obispo, CA and later moved to Southern California to pursue a larger demographic. Playing all original rock, funk, reggae, and hip-hop, they coined the phrase RoPhunk RaeHop (pronounced “row-funk-ray-hop”) and stands for rock, funk, reggae, hip-hop. The two switch between bass and guitar (circa Slightly Stoopid) and share duties on vocals. They began to do monster tours coast to coast and eventually, through their touring in the Hawaiian Islands, landed in Sydney, Australia Oct. 2014 with over 40 shows in two months up and down the east coast. Since then, they have returned two more times and have a European tour scheduled for spring of 2018.
The group has performed well over 3,000 shows since 2000 and shared the stage with The Wailers, Fishbone, G-Love, Groundation, and many more. They have been on the bill for 3 Falls Festival, Earthdance, Whole Earth Festival, SLO’s Concert in the Plaza, and Panama City Beach’s Summer Concert Series.
Their discography consists of five all original albums including their first full-length acoustic album Heart the Hand. Providing the most diverse show on the planet, Fish Out of Water continues to keep people guessing and more importantly, keep people dancing. The rock takes you back to a day where musicians did really rock and the hip-hop is a conscious flow over a rhythmic hip dropping beat. The reggae has a heavy ska influence but can also be a “one drop” smoke anthem. And the funk? Well the funk is the best part about F.O.W. Both cousins play a mean slap bass and current drummer Stephan Burns is a groove player, out of Myrtle Beach as well, with a knack for finding tasty chops on all of the material the Moon’s compose.
Always giving back to the community, the Fish are involved with the Wesley Burnham Foundation helping to hand out ukuleles to underprivileged youth throughout their travels. Proving their mantra Pump the Funk and Increase the Peace (P.F.I.P.) isn’t just talk, the group has given over 35 ukulele’s away in the past six months.