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ad8
03-04-2010, 12:32 PM
Wow, another Artist of the Month honor. This is turning out to be a hell of a year! ;)


Hmmm, I'm wondering if I should just copy and paste my blurb from last time, as my musical style and background/influences haven't changed. In fact, go here (http://www.offspring.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37582) if you want to check that out. Sadly, the links don't work anymore, but let me know if you need anything.




Things have started to pick up a lot in the last couple of months, though. For starters, I finally found another guitarist, bassist, and drummer and I think we're on our way to something good. In the middle of next month, we have two shows: one with an Australian band called Bug Girl, and another one with an English Band called The Business. And in May with the The Rockets. Ever heard of any of them? I haven't. :D


Also, we're probably going to be changing our name soon. We all have different ideas on what's good so it's taking a while, but whatever it is, it's gonna be awesome.


I guess that's about it. Thanks to everyone who voted for me. I will make it worth your while this time. I have a few songs lined up to record next, and they will be done as soon as my computer gets fixed. It sucks because all of my recording gear is USB so I could record on this computer, but all of my programs are on mine. :(


Anyway, hope you enjoy the tunes!


www.myspace.com/fisticuffsnc

Intro
I am the Fisticuffs. I hail from Fayetteville, NC, a military town completely infested with southern rock and screamo. I despise both of these, so I have largely had to rely on myself for musical motivation, and this is the product.

Musical Style
I, for one, am not against the use of genres to describe my music, because I believe it speaks enough for itself that I can say "hey, it's heavily punk-influenced alternative/rock" and the listener will still come away with his own idea of what it is. But now I'm talking out of my ass. My main goal is to write songs so catchy that they make you want to go out and strangle because you can't get 'em out of your head. I want to be an accessory to murder.

Musical Background/influences/etc
Every major thing that has ever happened to me musically has been a fluky mistake: becoming interested in rock music, picking up guitar for the first time, starting to write songs, getting into the Offspring. It's all stuff that was "right place, right time" moments and, in an episode of "Sliders", would not have happened on any other parallel dimension out there. Each is a cool story. I should tell you some time.

I find myself being a bit backwards as far as influences go. Except for an obvious few, I don't typically write the kind of music I listen to, and don't listen to what I write. As far as punk goes, I like Offspring, Blink 182, a li'l Green Day, and recently, Lagwagon. That's it. I'm not a huge fan of the genre at all, especially pop punk (which I realize all these bands are), and I actively attempt to avoid a lot of it, in order to not get too comfortable with that style. And regarding that side project, I don't listen to country, blues, folk, or "indie" at all, which leaves me to what I actually do listen to. Pop. And hell lots of it. It's where I get my catchiness from.

Music


Humble beginnings (hope I don't sound like too much of a prick saying that)


(My first full-length recording) Acoustic cover of "The Meaning of Life" - http://www.zshare.net/audio/59215753894427df/

Cover of "Genocide" - http://www.zshare.net/audio/59215871b154d40c/

Let This Ride - http://www.zshare.net/audio/59215973bbb3c889/

Wavering - http://www.zshare.net/audio/592160749f4d30e4/

(THE ORIGINAL "BIG AS LIFE" AND "I AM" GO SOMEWHERE IN HERE, TOO. LEMME KNOW IF YOU WANT THOSE, FOR CURIOSITY'S SAKE. Johanna, don't even think about mentioning Covenant :P)

Nearly two years, and several hundred dollars, later


Fifty-First in Line - http://www.zshare.net/audio/592162811b8b34d1/

Jayne Rhymes with Pain - http://www.zshare.net/audio/59216347461c559c/

Big as Life - http://www.zshare.net/audio/59216680a5f31bf8/

I Am - http://www.zshare.net/audio/59216401abcdf271/

Over There - http://www.zshare.net/audio/59216549531a3187/

Covenant - http://www.zshare.net/audio/59216617d06acb33/

Random


Theme of "Press Gang" (closing credits) - http://www.zshare.net/audio/592169033751ccf0/

Study Aid (A Musical Representation of the Quadratic Formula) - http://www.zshare.net/audio/59216928c6780715/

Cover of "Aquatic Ruin" from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - http://www.zshare.net/info.html?59216963-c5917262ec3821529cd3bc1bace5da89

So there you go. I'm working on three that should be available before May is over. Download 'em all (I'll have to do something special for you, Tim)! And enjoy :D

Gustavo
03-04-2010, 04:01 PM
Heck, yeah! The Fisticuffs. What new names are you guys thinking about?
Well deserved, Randy. :)
Looking forward to listening to somew new stuff.

randman21
03-04-2010, 05:59 PM
Heck, yeah! The Fisticuffs. What new names are you guys thinking about?

That's confidential (translate: I'll tell you next time we talk on MSN). :D

And thanks!

Homer
03-04-2010, 07:00 PM
So, Randy...

WHAT THE FUCK YOU NEVER TOLD ME YOU WERE GONNA BE ON THE ROCK BAND NETWORK

http://kotaku.com/5485752/the-rock-band-network-goes-live-with-100-plus-new-tracks

Llamas
03-05-2010, 01:19 AM
I <3 Randy and all (and his music is pretty badass), but this artist of the month thing is getting really stupid - Randy has been artist of the month three times now. Featuring an artist is one thing, but featuring him three times just because the polls went a certain way? No sense.

randman21
03-05-2010, 11:58 AM
So, Randy...

WHAT THE FUCK YOU NEVER TOLD ME YOU WERE GONNA BE ON THE ROCK BAND NETWORK

http://kotaku.com/5485752/the-rock-band-network-goes-live-with-100-plus-new-tracks
Yikes...that is so not my band. It looks like the decidedly more known Fisticuffs from Illinois. Part of the reason we're changing our name. :(

Ehh, I agree llama. To a certain extent. The last time "The Fisticuffs" won was nearly a year ago, and I think it's okay to win once each year. If I were to get the most votes again this year, I wouldn't accept it. And I know that my other project won last month, but I'm really trying to make a definite distinction between the two bands. I didn't really intend for the links for McFear to show up in this thread.

Smash punker
03-05-2010, 02:12 PM
I voted for the first one there, sorry Randy :D

randman21
03-10-2010, 04:03 PM
I voted for the first one there, sorry Randy :D
HOW DARE YOU?!! :mad:

So, um. I'm definitely at the end of my rope here. I can't foresee when I'm gonna get my computer fixed, so I need someone's help making a drum track. Preferably someone with a program like EZdrummer, Superior Drummer, Native Instruments Battery...where you just load the MIDI file into it, and out comes an mp3 or wav file. It only takes a few minutes. Whoever does this will have a big ol' piece of my heart. Thanks!

Homer
03-11-2010, 12:10 AM
I believe mspunk13 uses Superior Drummer.

Try sending him a PM.

ad8
03-11-2010, 10:47 AM
I don't use any of the programs you mentioned, but I can magically make a midi become a drum track:)

Smash punker
03-11-2010, 10:14 PM
HOW DARE YOU?!! :mad:



Itīs not that big deal. U know I love Fistcuffs n your music ;)

Gustavo
03-17-2010, 06:44 PM
http://www.myspace.com/fisticuffsnc

The SRIs? What's up with that, Randy?

Blitz!
03-18-2010, 12:42 PM
http://www.myspace.com/fisticuffsnc

The SRIs? What's up with that, Randy?

Randy is having an identity crisis :D
*I'm not a big fan of the logo though*

ad8
03-18-2010, 12:59 PM
Does the name have anything to do with neurotransmitters (serotonin reuptake inhibitors)?


PS: We need MORE VOTES on the next AotM!

randman21
03-18-2010, 05:11 PM
Randy is having an identity crisis :D
*I'm not a big fan of the logo though*
Haha, yeah. The whole band is. And the picture will change once we get one of the whole band together or something.


Does the name have anything to do with neurotransmitters (serotonin reuptake inhibitors)?

It has everything to do with Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. :D But more on that later.

Blitz!
03-19-2010, 12:29 PM
It has everything to do with Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. :D But more on that later.

International man of mystery ... you are letting Rok's bad habits rub off on you :p

Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors ... what a mouthful.

Rooster
03-22-2010, 02:14 PM
Misteries are fun :D

Yeah i got a bad habit, and it ain't going away...

darea
03-23-2010, 12:44 PM
Who's with me to get him to make a new version of Let this ride? I freaking love that song and I've been waiting like 2 years or more in the hopes that he makes a new version of it...

But he'd need a drum track...
And if we manage to get him to re-record this... there are more songs that would need some drums...and re-recording, or recording all new... and it's about time he did new stuff (or new versions of old stuff).

ad8
03-23-2010, 12:59 PM
Who's with me to get him to make a new version of Let this ride? I freaking love that song and I've been waiting like 2 years or more in the hopes that he makes a new version of it...

But he'd need a drum track...
And if we manage to get him to re-record this... there are more songs that would need some drums...and re-recording, or recording all new... and it's about time he did new stuff (or new versions of old stuff).

Yeah I'm with you. I'd also be all for a re-recording of Wavering!

darea
03-23-2010, 01:11 PM
Yeah I'm with you. I'd also be all for a re-recording of Wavering!

Cool, well I'll let you talk about that with him, because he might not bring it up... And he needs to be pushed if we want him to record more stuff...