by Dan Brisebois http://www.canadianbands.com
Formed in 1979 by Ottawa-born Ron Chenier, the singer/ guitarist recruited players and began honing their chops doing small clubs in and around the Toronto area. The band quickly graduated to the 'B circuit', touring the eastern-Canadian/ US areas for the next year and a half.
The group took their approach to music into the studios and cut
their independently released ROUND ONE in the spring of 1979.
The band's sound was dominated by guitars and keyboards with no
in studio tampering. Produced by the Chenier’s brother Norman
( Jack ) and was recorded on a shoestring budget. Songs "Too Late", "Madness" and "Who Did You Love" showed the band's penchant for writing driving, simple, yet complex songs.
Fist returned to the road and toured practically every corner of the
eastern half of the continent for the next year. The band was signed
to a world wide deal with A & M in the summer of 1980 and quickly
returned to the studio. They emerged from Toronto's Amber Studios
that fall and released HOT SPIKES. The band hired George Semkiw to
engineer and produce. The only difference between HOT SPIKES and its predecessor was the new album caressed them gently. Backed by songs like the anthemic "Reality" and lead off track "Money", a song about the hustle and bustle of society's drive for materialism, HOT SPIKES showed a maturity, harnessed by Semkiw's experience. Other notable cuts included "Lord I Miss You" and "Teenage Love Affair" “Never Come Back” “Alimony”, intended to garner the band radio play. The tours continued, with FIST seeing practically every province and state over the next year.
The band regrouped, and with a new release, FLEET STREET in '81.
"Double Or Nothing" again showcased Chenier's talent for writing
slick, guitar riffs, while "Thunder In Rock" was easily the year's best
tune on the radio waves. With the clever addition of a sax solo,
"Thunder In Rock" is probably most synonymous with Fist's music,
if any song is at all. However, other killer cuts included "Open The
Gates", the title track and "Evil Cold". Backed by the album's
success, the group took the show on the road again, this time
playing outdoor festivals with the likes of Heart, Motor Head,
Krokus, Scorpions and many more.
The band took some time off following the tour's end in 1982 and
didn't re-emerge until the IN THE RED album in '83. FIST toured
and then went back into the recording studio in 1985 to record the
album DANGER ZONE which has the harnessed intensity of tracks
like Muscle Gun.
Ron Chenier decided to take time off in '86. The band got back
together in '91 for a series of dates on the Ontario circuit, which
led to a full reunion and a new album in 1993 called REIGN OF
TERROR. Released on MaGaDa Records, Fist again had
landed a deal with an independent label. A criss cross tour of the
In 1995 FIST released a second album on Magada Records called
Loud Loud Loud. In 2008 Fist played a reunion concert in Ottawa
In 2011 Ron Chenier went back into his private
recording studio and recorded a new album called Bolted Door
2012. The album was signed to Hellion Records in Germany. Fist
was very well received at the 2012 Headbanger Open Air concert in
Germany also the new.
Fist new release called ALIVE was recorded in 2022 at Jeff Nystrom's private recording studio in Canada.
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