After a Dramatic Rise, Fight Bite Tries to Stand on its Own

The blogosphere darlings learn on the job as they cope with the immediate praise for their debut release

It was endearing to an extent, but also perplexing. Given Macomber's punk performances, where she dresses flamboyantly and provocatively and writhes around on the floor, playing guitar, it didn't make much sense.

What gives?

"When I'm in Fight Bite," Macomber says, "I'm not playing dress-up. I'm Leanne Macomber. This is me. That sounds so cliché, I know, but, like I said, I like clichés."

Jeff Louis and Leanne Macomber sit and ponder Fight Bite's sound.
Matt Nager
Jeff Louis and Leanne Macomber sit and ponder Fight Bite's sound.

The trick now for Fight Bite is making sure that, unlike so many blog favorites before them (Ghosthustler included), it doesn't fall into the same clichéd storyline that has crippled so many other acts that have faced a similar ascension: big initial burst, strong early following, rushed first record, too long of a break before the follow-up (if a follow-up ever actually comes), and eventually and unfortunately, a complete falling off the map.

But after a good showing at last month's CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, where Fight Bite played along with many other blog favorites, for once, the band actually sounds fairly confident about itself and its future.

"The first night we played was the best show we'd ever played," Macomber says. "The next show, of course, the room was completely empty. But it just taught us that you need to play every show like it's your best.

"We didn't necessarily know that before."

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