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Fist (Canada) - 1979 Round One

ARTIST: Fist (Canada)
ALBUM: Round One
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 1982, Magada, MAGHCD 8


LINEUP: Ron Chenier - lead guitar, lead vocals * Jeff Nystrom - bass, backing vocals (tracks 3-7) * Mike St. Louis - bass, backing vocals (tracks 1-2) * Ed Eagan - piano, synthesizer, backing vocals * John Chenier - drums, lead vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Too Late * 02 Who Did You Love * 03 Anyway You Want * 04 Memories * 05 Fall * 06 Madness * 07 Fly

WEBLINKS: www.myofist.com

My first foray with the Canadian band Fist was through their 1981 album 'Fleet Street', or 'Thunder In Rock' if you bought it on the other side of the Atlantic. Yes, a confusing set of circumstances around the band name, due to the NWOBHM band of the same name who were doing the rounds in England at the same time. Fist, or Myofist as they became known, would end up being a source of confusion for many years to come. Pays to have a less than common name huh? Well, the Toronto band actually started life off a few years earlier, in 1977, and were based around the Chenier brothers Ron and John, who were originally from Ottawa. To add to the family connection, brother Norman Chenier was drafted in to produce Fist's debut album 'Round One', with next to no resources in the production budget, the band did rather well to release the album in any case. After many months fine-tuning their sound, the band released 'Round One' during spring of 1979, an album that would contain only seven tracks.

The Songs
As this was the era when the hit single was a marketing pre-requisite, Fist ignored all advice and released something true to themselves. In fact, the music veers more toward a prog/pomp path, a style that was lost as Fist's career progressed. The songs hold a 70's vibe, as you can hear early on 'Too Late'. The swirling synth work helps give it some interest too. 'Who Did You Love' takes a tougher BTO like stance, Ron's riffs are right up there, while Ed Eagan's keyboard solo adds some dash and colour. Pomp fans will enjoy 'Anyway You Want', Eagan's keyboard work takes prominence here, perhaps a touch of Angel like ivories which makes this kinda appealing from a pomp perspective. There's not much happening on the piano ballad 'Memories', best to fast-forward through that one I'd suggest. 'Fall' contains some funky guitar work, and it's clear that the 70's vibe still had an influence on their sound at this early stage of their career. 'Madness' punches above its weight as a hard rock track. It's an instrumental so everybody gets to have some solo time. The final song 'Fly' is over six minutes long, and again, appeals to those who enjoy their rock on the prog/pomp cusp. Eagan features again, and throws in some interesting keyboard parts.

In Summary
'Round One' didn't garner too much response from Canadian critics, so the band hit the road touring eastern Canada once more. The following year, A&M Records came calling and a record deal was forthcoming. 'Hot Spikes' was released later that year, and hence the band's profile increased. Eagan and John Chenier left the band after the album's tour, while Fist would regroup with two new members in time for the 'Fleet Street' release in 1981. A period that would cause the band untold grief with their record label and their identity, but that's another story for another time.

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#1 | Jez on May 30 2017 20:21:59
This takes us back to the good old pomp glory days with the Moog keyboards, which in places reminds a little of the stuff Saga were doing on their first 3 albums 'Too Late' especially, although not in the same league. If you like the Saga sound, then you will like this guaranteed.
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