FIST28 - extol​.​nihil (2002)

by Epsilon

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about

At the turn of the century Bloody Fist found itself in the midst of a creative void. Making records temporarily took a back seat to the dreadfully lowbrow activity of sending a logo'd up brown Cortina station wagon to its ultimate demise in what was to be one of the final ever demolition derbies at Newcastle Speedway. One afternoon just prior to all this misguided publicity stunt bollocks, a bloke turned up at 40A King Street with Sean (who at this time was regularly hanging out at the BF office, helping organise shows, designing flyers and would soon start Killing Sheep Records). Sean introduced him as Brendon and he handed over a cassette of material he had been writing on an old PC running ft2. The material was raw and simplistic, but Brendon was serious and was spending a great deal of his waking hours experimenting with the tracker.

Throughout 2000 and 2001 Brendon would regularly drop in new material he had been working on and began developing his own distinct style of tracker programming and sequencing. At some stage late in 2001, Sean began his Killing Sheep label with a full length CD of Brendon's best material titled 'Homemade Bomb', before taking his label off into more of the straight hard drum'n bass territory. 'Homemade Bomb' showcased Brendon's distinct and exciting stylistic take on a mixture of the breakcore, hardcore and speedcore subgenres - all programmed and finessed using a combination of ft2 and AudioSim. Following the CD release on Killing Sheep, discussions began about an Epsilon 12" release on BF.

Sometime during the first half of 2002 the trigger was pulled and an entire afternoon and evening was spent collating and recording tracks that would make up FIST28. This process took place in a comic design studio Brendon was renting at the time, which was located on the top floor of the Bank Corner building in Newcastle West and overlooked the Forgacs floating dock of Newcastle Harbour. Originally FIST28 was intended to be a single 12", but as the afternoon wore on it became clear that a single 12" wouldn't suffice. The final tracklisting of the double 12" contained 10 tracks - a mixture of newer and older material, some of which dated back to 2000 / 2001. Some tracks that had initially been released on 'Homemade Bomb' were also included, and the master was recorded raw to DAT direct from the PC soundcard.

credits

released October 15, 2002

All tracks written and produced by Brendon Brooks in Newcastle, Australia. Brendon designed his own artwork for both the labels and the picture sleeve, and FIST28 was eventually released during October 2002, selling quickly through its initial pressing and undergoing a repress or two during 2003. The label design of FIST28 also featured the first official appearance of the updated Bloody Fist 'splat' logo (designed by Newcastle gadabout Huck Walker) which seemed to upset a handful of older die-hard BF fans. Anyway fuck 'em.

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Bloody Fist Records Australia

Underground record label headquartered in Newcastle, Australia between the years of 1994-2004.

Lo-fi electronic records with a DIY punk aesthetic.

Defiant, rough, uncompromising.

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