Originally Posted by randman21
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.
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.
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.
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/
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?5921...d3bc1bace5da89
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