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Excerpt of fishBOL Article by Edwin P. Sallan

"US-Based Pinoy Rocker fishBOL Releases Debut Electronica Album on Vinyl"

Frederick Dator, former lead singer of the pioneering alternative band Private Stock, has reinvented himself as the one-man band, FishBOL, and has recently released “Thermionic Emissions”, his debut record available only on vinyl format in the US where he is now based.

Those who followed the local punk rock and new wave movement of the 1980s will recall that along with The Jerks, Betrayed, Third World Chaos and many others, Private Stock was one of the regular headliners of the groundbreaking “Brave New World” concerts organized by punk impresario turned talent manager Tommy Tanchanco,

Although largely popular with the punk crowd thanks to their anthemic classic “Future Generation”, Private Stock was quite unlike their contemporaries.

Describing “Thermionic Emissions” as a mix of electronica and progressive rock,” Dator said his fixation with electronic music began even before he left the country.

As for the album itself and its tracks, almost all of them had different back stories as some were written years before they were finally recorded. “The title, ‘Thermionic Emissions’ is a term I came across while teaching Physics for the Radiography class. It means emitting x-rays upon leaving the machine. My songs will be like shooting x-rays—in this case, they’re like shooting sounds in your ears,” he pointed out.

So far, the album has been met with encouraging response, landing FishBOL a gig at the Hard Rock CafÈ Las Vegas Strip where he was also backed up by musicians Ethan Slaughter on bass and Dian Dimov on drums.

The independently produced recording was also picked up for distribution by Zia Records in Nevada and Arizona area and by Zoinks in Pomona, California. And yes, the album will be distributed by Middle Finger at Recto here this coming April.

FishBOL said he’s not sure if he can come home to personally promote the album, even though he very much wants to. But he’s optimistic, whether or not music fans back home remember him or his former band.

“I do hope people there will give it a chance and listen to what I have to offer,” he concluded.