Fist City - 'It's 1983, Grow Up!'
Their second album combines the urgency of Mika Miko with the devil-may-care flow of The Coathangers.
8 / 10
When Patti Smith famously wrote about people living “outside of society” in her controversial 1978 punk classic ‘Rock N Roll Nigger’, she was pointedly referring to bands who mean it, who live and breathe it, for whom making music is not a lifestyle option, it’s just something that they have to do. One band who undoubtedly fit this bill are Fist City – four hardcore punks from Lethbridge, Alberta. Following line-up changes and gender reassignment (for the singer, Kier Fist), their second album combines the urgency of Mika Miko with the devil-may-care flow of The Coathangers. With only one track lasting over three minutes (‘Blow’), this is a clattering rallying cry, a gutsy cluster of surf-punk and garage rock: a post-riot grrrl riot.
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