Canada - Full Moon 194 - 07/03/12
It's 1983, Grow Up!
Black Tent Press
"Fist City" is a country song from 1968, written and performed by
Loretta Lynn. Inspired by her husband's dalliances with other women who
pursued him while she was
busy touring, Lynn wrote the song as a warning for other women to stay
away from him if they do not wish to be soundly beaten. (source:
wikipedia). Fist City is also
a four-piece rock-band from Lethbridge, AB Canada. Let's focus on the
latter, shall we.
Fist City is a punk spirited combo (Kier Griffiths, Brittany
Griffiths, Ryan Grieve, Evan Van Reekum), with a sympathetic debut
album, It's 1983, Grow Up!.
Presenting a fresh and vital band, with a nice bouquet of songs. Short
and to the point. Imagine a young, fresh Superchunk meets a young, fresh
Mission of Burma. Maybe
tinted with Dead Kennedys and Germs attitude (with the exception of the
pace of those two), plus Sex Pistols, even the Ramones, as well. But,
hey, I'm not saying they're
stuck among the old-timers of the oldboys league of punk. Musical
relations could be pointed towards No Age, f.i., even though there are
big differences between them. Anyway,
Fist City are indeed very cool, and they've got some songs that really
grabs and kicks. Instant favourites are "Wet Freaks", "Caveman's Lunch",
"Spit", "Never Bored",
and "Endless Bummer" (an opposite to the Beach Boys?).
Way cool, this one. Even though all the 12 songs aren't good/strong
enough, it's not a big issue here. That doesn't matter, as long as the
spirit is pogoing, ever-going,
throughout the album.
Copyright © 2012 Håvard Oppøyen