Full disclosure: Fisty are some of my favorite people and closest friends (and also features two FTA contributors, Chantal Wright and Rebecca DeRosa as their rhythm section) so I was pretty bummed when I found out they were playing a show this past Saturday with a few other bands I’m friends with after I had committed to something else (but it was definitely a very good something else- another show- LAPÊCHE, Desert Sharks, and Russian Baths– so a lot of friends there too! See pics from that one here) and wished I could somehow be in two places at once. That was not to be, but as luck would have it, the first show ended much earlier than I thought it would so I rushed out the door of the first venue to hot foot it over to Wonderville to make it just in time for Fisty’s set (while sadly missing Que Sick, Jane Doe Ensemble, and The Loneliers all of whom are great bands and friends).
And what a set it was. With anime projected onto the stage, it made for a cool and weird vibe. The stage at Wonderville is very small and at times seemed barely able to contain the band as they ripped and raged through a set of their classic tunes, lead singer Lola Johnson going so hard she was practically shooting flames from stage (and bleeding on her guitar too). Johnson is a powerful vocalist in her own right and is often backed up by the harmonies of DeRosa and Wright; along with lead guitar accent work by Heidi Garton, the moments with all of these elements converging are when they are at their strongest.
This was an unexpected treat for me to get to dash over to their show when I thought I’d miss it and really, there’s never a bad time to be had when I’m supporting friends and great DIY bands, that I can assure you.
Scroll down for pics of the show (photos by Kate Hoos)