RGM Introducing – We interview american band Year of the fist
Introduce us all to you and your musical history?
I think you could write a book about how we all ended up together and it would be a wild read. We all picked up music as kids from different backgrounds and got hooked on rock and roll. Through our individual formative years we each pursued various means of expression. Some instruments we still play to this day and some we returned to the music store. Serge bought a tuba from Europe last year and we still haven’t heard it in person so it’s still history to us.
What support is out there for new artists in Oakland ?
Tik-Tok? I don’t know?
What would you like to see more of in Oakland?
We’ve already had enough GTFO!
What useless party trick /talent do you have/?
Now you see us, Now you don’t.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
This December marks our 4th annual “YEAR OF THE FISTMAS”, a non-denominational rock and roll benefit event where we raise funds in support of local East Bay charities. Since it’s inception we’ve raised over $4,000 from this event.
If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe them?
Rock and roll (ones and zeros).
If you could play any music festival which would it be?
Live Aid 1985. We opened the show.
What makes you stand out as a band?
We’re not all dicks.
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
It’s called “Red Lights Flash” and was recorded live at Ivy Room in Albany, CA earlier this year. This studio version was originally released on the album “Revive Me” in 2019 on Heart On Records.
What was the recording process like?
We played a very intimate show at the club with only as many people in attendance as you could count on one hand. It was the first time we had played together on a stage in over a year and was just like old times. Recording can be stressful and playing in front of nobody sucks but we nailed it. We kicked ass. We created a ton of energy that night.
What are your plans for the year ahead
#1 Having fun, that’s most important. #2 Playing music is fun too. #3 Doing both on the road is the best. Along those lines though we have some songs in the queue and are always recording.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Yeah, DCxPC Live is releasing our “Live at Ivy Room” – 7″ record and gave us both sides of it. That means not only do you get 1 side (7″) of Year of the Fist but, you can flip it over and get a whole OTHER (14″) side of them! “Hey Utah, Gimme Two!” www.yearofthefist.com