Punk is a much abused term.
Indeed, those who call themselves punks these days aren't so much flogging a dead horse as demolishing an abandoned glue factory. However if any new band we've come across recently captures the spirit of dis-obedience, of free thinking that runs through the very best punk records then it's Fist City.
Hailing from Canada, the band boast a trans-sexual frontman and aim to blast the hell out of stubborn, ignorant small town life. Debut album 'It’s 1983, Grow Up' will be released on July 8th, but ahead of this Fist City have placed a new video online.
'Boring Kids' is a feral, inspiring thrash while self-detonates just after the two minute mark. Inspired by recent political events in Canada, guitarist Evan Van Reekum explains the track's gestation:
1. 2 years ago our hometown of Calgary and the major Canadian centre of Toronto did a major political Freaky Friday-Jamie Lee Curtis kind-of death switch. Toronto elected a new mayor, Rob Ford (google: Rob Ford crack) - a bloaty-faced ding dong, with bigoted sensibilities and absolutely nothing going on upstairs. While Calgary (traditionally a hotbed for bloaty-faced ding dongs, with bigoted sensibilities and absolutely nothing going on upstairs)elected an excellent, forward thinking, Muslim mayor. Both cities were very surprised - and while Toronto was disappointed, Calgary for the first time in ages was collectively elated. Mayor Nenshi is a wonderful man.
2. Upon the election of Mayor Nensh, i I was shocked to see some of my Calgarian peers reacting in a horrible way - saying things like "ain't no fuckin paki gonna run my city". People were throwing bricks through his campaign office windows - his campaign colour was purple, so naturally there was this pathetic backlash about him being gay. However, it was GREAT to realize that people like this were grossly outnumbered - and finally, the bullies were really just making absolute fools out of themselves in the public spotlight.
3. Bits of this song also reference times when someone you love makes a half-hearted annoying attempt to "change" and swear off a bunch of crap just to put a bandaid on their lives and call themselves "better". People do this shit all the time. Grow up, shave your balls smooth and attack some of the real issues that are underneath all these symptoms that cause you to have to swear off meat or booze or drugs. Maybe you’re fucked up. Maybe you’re depressed, an alcoholic, a drug addict etc... DEAL WITH THE HEAVY SHIT. Don't just try to change for a week. Life doesn't work like that. Quit crying wolf.
Watch the video now.
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New album 'It's 1983, Grow Up'.