"It was the most fun we’ve had, playing live, to an empty room," reminisces Oakland punk rock band Year Of The Fist. The band has just dropped their 4 song, 7-inch vinyl DCxPC Live Vol. 4 Presents Year of the Fist Live at the Ivy Room May 15, 2021. Ivy Room has been Year of the Fist’s East Bay home venue since it was re-established by summer and Lani in 2015. Over the years they have played countless shows, even throwing their annual “Year of the Fistmas”, non-denominational rock ‘n roll holiday show each December to benefit local charities. Once venues shut down in 2020, the band decided to put on a virtual Festival of Fistmas for Ivy Room and garnered some of their biggest supporters. "Through the fest we raised some much-needed funds to help them keep the lights on even though the venue had been dark for so many months," explains the band.
In the Spring of 2021, with the help of the show-going community, some grants from shuttered music festivals, and the desire to continue on, Ivy Room switched on the lights to start broadcasting live stream concerts from their stage. So for the first time in over a year, the band got a call to perform live. The announcement of the live stream caught the attention of DCxPC founder Mr. P. " My love of Squeaky cannot be overstated. From the first time I saw her on stage at the "Save the Sidebar" show in Baltimore with her old band Girlush Figure to when we most recently reconnected during the Fest of 2019 before the pandemic hit," says Mr. P. "I saw her “new” to me band, and loved it, not just because she was in it but because it was a killer band with plenty of bangers. So when I saw her band was doing a live stream at the Ivy Room, I was like fuck yeah! And more importantly, would they be fucking willing to put out a 7” of their show with me?" Of course, Year Of The Fist agreed. Along with the release of the vinyl, the band has released the single "Red Lights Flash" digitally on all major streaming platforms.
Year Of The Fist reaches from Oakland, California where there has been no shortage of great musicians and bands to play with or catch live on any night of the week. Together their musical backgrounds span all genres, but all have a love for rock and roll. This has led them to open for a wide spectrum of acts such as L7, Save Ferris, Iron Chic, 88 Fingers Louie, The Vibrators, Legendary Shack Shakers, and Zeke to name a few. With 10 years under their belt as a band, Year Of The Fist has released two full-length albums, an EP, a handful of singles, has toured regionally as well as internationally, and released several music videos, with no end in sight. From the studio to the stage Year of the Fist comes out swinging.