OK, first things first. This band really is called Fist Fokkers. And yes, I agree it’s pretty funny.
Now, I don’t know a lot about the Fist Fokkers, but what I do know is this – they are a two-man punk duo (drum and guitar), they like to wrap themselves in Christmas lights, and you really need to pay attention if you see them live, because the guitarist WILL end up in the crowd at some point. A couple of dudes almost got clocked in the face at the show we saw, and we ended up a bit closer to the action than I would have liked.
We caught them live at Iceland Airwaves 2011 in a bar called Amsterdam, and while we weren’t there to see them, we were impressed by the live experience. They had even taken “requests” via Facebook, and attempted to do impromptu covers of those songs which included “Sabotage”, some stuff by No Doubt and Kelly Clarkson (which generated groans from the crowd, and an explanation from the singer – “We didn’t pick these songs. The people on Facebook voted for them,” obviously on purpose to hear how these guys would butcher these tunes), and the piece de resistance, “Nothing Compares to You” by Sinead O’Connor, which was played really fast until the chorus, at which point they slowed it to a crawl. We narrowly avoided becoming part of the act when the signer jumped over the barricade around the stage and into the crowd, swinging his guitar around – and with the bar to our backs and beers to protect, we didn’t have a lot of room to maneuver. Fortunately we escaped unscathed, as did our beverages, and given the Fist Fokkers’ live energy and obvious sense of humor, we picked up their CD Emilio Estavez later in the trip.
Emilio Estavez is a compact little EP, with eight tracks and clocking in at a sparse 15 minutes. The lyrics are all in English, though the songs are pretty hard with a fair amount of growling and screaming, so they can be a bit tough to decipher. “Migg Buff” is my favorite on the album, which has more of a grungy sound with slower and heavy pacing, though “Emilio, Don by the Schoolyard” (no, not a typo…) is by far my favorite title. Check ’em out on Myspace (http://www.myspace.com/fistfokkrock), and I think you’ll be entertained, especially by one of their music videos with their music over clips from The Breakfast Club featuring, of course, the one and only Emilio Estevez (link below).