A Canadian quartet of Ron Chenier (guitar/vocals), Ed Egan (keyboards), Jeff Nystrom (bass) and John Chenier (drums), Fist, as they were known in the USA and Canada, were forced to embellish their name due to the existence of an existing group called Fist in the UK. They formed in the late 70s and made their debut with Round One, a Canada only release, which was dominated by Egan’s keyboards. By the time the group signed an international recording contract with A&M Records in 1980, they had altered their approach considerably. Instead of the complexity of old, Myofist now specialised in unfettered, rampaging rock riffs delivered with a real sense of authenticity. The best of their three sets for A&M was undoubtedly 1981’s Thunder In Rock, by which time Bob Patterson (drums) had replaced John Chenier and Ivan Tessier (keyboards) had taken over from Egan. Considered by many to be one of the great overlooked rock collections of the early 80s, it nevertheless failed to lift the band into the mainstream. One further album for A&M and another for an independent also flopped, and by the mid-80s the band had broken up.
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