RIYL: Manganista, TapWater, Blue Sky Flu, Dirty Birdy, Landis, Mrs. Henry, Dark Lumen, Motel Blackouts
- "Reunions & Debuts" · Jan. 22, 2012
Inception: San Carlos, 1992
Ex-Band Members: Steve Anderson, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Keyboards, Vocals Steve Moore, Banjo, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals Don Garnica, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric)
Influences: Frank Zappa, Steely Dan, James Brown, Chicago, Van Halen, Duran Duran, Weather Report, Cream, Hendrix, Oingo Boingo, Roxy Music
Based in San Carlos, funky rock band FuseBox (no relation to the same-named contemporary southern gospel band or the Fresno, CA-based AC/DC tribute) was founded in 1992 by Grossmont High School grad Jason Thomas (Manganista) and Dustin Norberg, later joined by players including Don Garnica, Steve Moore (TapWater), Mike Ruggirello (Dark Lumen), and Steve Anderson.
The initial trio of Thomas, Norberg, and Garnica opened for acts such as Unwritten Law, Sprung Monkey Blink and KORN, who happened to get signed on the same night they shared the bill. After a two year hiatus, the band reformed in 1996 as a four piece with new members Steve Anderson and Mike Ruggirello replacing Garnica. This quartet recorded FuseBox's first EP Budge, with some of the songs played regularly on 91X’s local music show Loudspeaker.
In 1999, FuseBox added Steve Moore (Tapwater) to the lineup and recorded their sophomore EP Special Taxi in 2000. They worked on a full-length in late 2001, Release the Bomb Fantastic, and were about 90% competed in 2002 when the band says it was "forced to take a hiatus once again." One of the tracks from the sessions called “Amoebic Ooze” appeared on a KPRI local music sampler 2003.
Jason Thomas’ song “Pretty Eyes” appeared on the 2012 La Mesa band compilation Picture Head, on the Quasi Recordings label. The band began formally playing again from 2014 - 2016, sometimes mixing in past members Anderson and Moore. By 2017, the lineup was a trio featuring Jason Thomas, Dusty Norberg, and Mike Ruggirello. Thomas and Ruggirello were also hosting Theory Thursday, a weekly internet show on YouTube and Facebook featuring interviews and performances with local musicians.
A single called "Black Cheese" was released in 2018 via Quasi Recordings.
- Black Cheese