Justin Fisher

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Justin Fisher
Background information
Born April 11, 1970 (age 50)
Origin Connecticut
Occupation(s) Musician
Instrument(s) Bass guitar, vocals, guitar, keyboards
Associated acts
Psoma, Nerf Herder, Shufflepuck, the Rentals, Homie

Justin Fisher is a musician. He is best known for his work with the bands Nerf Herder and Psoma. He was a childhood friend of Rivers Cuomo.

Biography

Childhood

Fisher was a childhood friend of Rivers Cuomo after Fisher's mother, Mary Pat Fisher, befriended Cuomo's mother Beverly Shoenberger. According to Justin in the unauthorized Weezer biography Rivers' Edge, "Basically, Rivers and I met in the sixth grade right after he had left his ashram and got to our school. The first time I really met him he had a bunch of these kind of cool fantasy magazines and there were a bunch of guys crowded around him. We had similar interests like Dungeons & Dragons, music and sports like soccer."

In the 7th grade, Cuomo introduced Fisher to the music of the rock band Kiss. Fisher had previously been a fan of the Beatles and the Beach Boys.

Main article: Fury

At an 8th grade talent show, Cuomo and Fisher witnessed some classmates covering the song "Metal Health" by Quiet Riot, and the two noticed girls rushing the stage and "everyone freaking out", and thereafter decided to form their own band with Eric Robertson on drums and Cuomo's brother Leaves on guitar. The project, dubbed Fury, was a Kiss cover band. In the summer of 1984 Fury began holding rehearsals and, by September, they had played their first show. Fisher and Cuomo later both attended E.O. Smith High School. There, the two were pegged as "metalheads". Fisher and Cuomo both enrolled in karate classes. Said Fisher, "It was as much protecting ourselves as it was an interest in martial arts, karate and ninja sort of Asian stuff."

Avant Garde and Zoom

Avant Garde was a heavy metal band formed in 1985 by Cuomo and Fisher in Connecticut. Started while they were still in high school, the band recruited more members and eventually moved to Los Angeles to try to make it big. The band later changed it's name to Zoom before dissolving in 1990.

1990s

Fisher and Rivers Cuomo moved into a house together on Amherst Avenue in Los Angeles. Fisher helped to form the short-lived band Shufflepuck in the mid-90s, with Adam Orth, another childhood friend of Fisher and Cuomo. A self-titled album was recorded under the Interscope Records label and the band contributed the track "Where the Hell Is She" to the compilation Hear You Me! A Tribute to Mykel and Carli. In 1998, Fisher contributed backing vocals to the song "American Girls", the sole release by the Rivers Cuomo side-project Homie, for the soundtrack to the film Meet the Deedles. In 1999, Fisher briefly joined the Rentals as a touring member for the band's brief Japanese tour in support of the album Seven More Minutes. Fisher also contributed additional group vocals to Rentals frontman Matt Sharp's eponymous solo album, released in 2004.

Nerf Herder and Psoma

In 1999, Fisher joined the rock band Nerf Herder, who had previously opened for Weezer on the Pinkerton Tour. Fisher performed keyboards and bass on the albums How to Meet Girls (2000), My E.P. (2001), and American Cheese (2002). In 2002 he was replaced by Ben Pringle (who later briefly joined the Rentals) when Fisher left to pursue his own band Psoma. The band released one EP and two studio albums under Fisher's own label, named "Amherst House Records" after the house on Amherst Avenue in Los Angeles where Fisher lived with Rivers Cuomo in the early 90s.

Discography

with Avant Garde

with Shufflepuck

with Homie

with Matt Sharp

with Nerf Herder

with Psoma

  • 2002Fear the Penguin
  • 2005Burn This EP
  • 2002Homeland Insecurity