By: Mike Abominator
Iron Fist are a crazy 3 piece group of lunatics from the Los Angeles area that have made some noise in a short amount of time. They have put out 8 releases in the forms of demos, EPs and splits since their formation in 2008, with 2 more coming out here shortly. They have also toured Europe and do their own D.I.Y. U.S. tours. I dug their sound and was fascinated with their story when I ran into singer/guitarist Dr Rock online one day. So I tracked him and drummer Eli down for an interview. These guys carry the torch of the Motorhead worship punk/metal style like Inepsy, Children of Technology, Speedwolf, the Swedish Gehennah, Dishammer and bands that bang the dirty rockin’ stuff like that. I recomend you got out and grab all of their stuff if you like this style of shit like this. I think it’s awesome!!!!!!!!!!!
1. OK man, let’s get started. Tell me about the formation of Iron Fist.
Dr Rock : Iron Fist is a 3 piece metal punk band from Los Angeles/Pomona, CA. We have me, Paul the Doctor on Vocals and guitars, Henry Outlaw on Bass, and Eli Spades on the drums.
2. What are your early memories of heavy metal and punk rock?
Dr. Rock : man…my earliest memories of punk rock goes back to when i was in middle school. never gave a shit about anything. soap in hair to charge it up, the tightest pants ever and studded jackets. keep in mind this was when being punk was actually different and people gave you shit about it. but as years go by and met new people, started getting into maiden and megadeth and slayer and more metal. came to find out i was just not into punk, nor just metal. i was into heavy shit man! i hate dividing both genres. i just love heavy headbanging tunes!
Eli : WELL I WAS INTRODUCED TO ROCK AND ROLL AND HEAVY METAL WHEN I WAS PRETTY MUCH A BABY, MY DAD AND UNCLES HAVE ALWAYS LISTEN TO ROCK AND ROLL, U KNOW ALL THE CLASSICS..MY DAD ACTUALLY TOOK ME TO MY FIRST ROCK N ROLL GIG WHEN I WAS ABOUT 4 OR 5 YEARS OLD HE TOOK ME TO SEE * “THREE SOULS IN MY MIND” * WHO LATER ON BECAME *”EL TRI “* THEN ON MY OWN AS I GREW UP IN MEXICO CITY I I GOT IN TO ALL THE SPANISH ROCK AND ROLL BANDS FROM MEXICO CITY- BANDS LIKE ( THREE SOULS IN MY MIND , MARA, BOSTIK, EL HARAGAN ) AND SO ON. THEN I MOVE TO THE US IN 1999-2000 AND THAT’S REALLY WHEN I GOT IN TO PUNK ROCK AND I STARTED PLAYING MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.
3. Why is there such a divide at times STILL to this day between metal and punk?
Dr. Rock : I really blame all that metal vs punk shit on the fucking kids! They’re too close minded and too dumb to realize the similarities between both punk and metal and think that their music is the only genre out there.
Eli : .WELL I THINK THERE’S ALWAYS GOING TO BE THIS TYPE OF CONFLICT BETWEEN KIDS WHO DIG METAL AND KIDS WHO DIG PUNK . HASN’T IT ALWAYS BEEN LIKE THIS WAY?
THE KIDS CREATE THIS CONFLICT BY SIMPLY REPRESENTING THEIR MUSIC PREFERENCES AND STANDING UP FOR WHAT THEIR BELIEVES . I MEAN THERE’S ALWAYS GOING TO BE KIDS WHO ONLY LISTEN TO ONLY PUNK , AND KIDS WHO ONLY LIKE METAL , BUT THERES ALSO MUSICIANS LIKE US WHO LISTEN TO AND ARE INFLUENCED BY BOTH, AND THAT’S HOW WE ARE ABLE TO CREATE A WHOLE DIFFERENT SEEN AND STYLE OF MUSIC WICH IS
” METAL PUNK
ROCK AND ROLLL ‘
4. So far, Iron Fist have put out 2 demos, 2 EPs, 3 splits and a compilation. You have also toured Europe! Did you ever think this band would take you this far?
Dr Rock : yeah! I never imagined Iron Fist to accomplish so much! Me and my original drummer, Rick Overkill, just started Iron Fist after our old punk band SCRS stopped playing. So we wanted play something different from that and the LA punk and metal scene. I ended up recording the first demo, Motorpunk ep, to pass out at our show. After that demo Whipstriker from Brazil asked to do a split with em, so we accepted! 3 years later, we’re here. Still rocking and still not giving a shit hahaha
5. Motorhead is obviously a huge influence on you, what other bands do you play a lot of?
Dr Rock : Honestly, we started Iron Fist cause we were heavily influenced by Inepsy, Anti-Nowhere League, and G.I.S.M! Motörhead, ofcourse, is a huge influence on me. But i really don’t think our music sounds like any Motörhead songs or albums.
6. What are your feelings on the L.A. scene for what you do?
Dr Rock : the LA metal and punk scenes are great! Unfortunately I don’t think there’s many bands out here like us right now. But it’s to our advantage, we can book both punk and metal shows! And we great support from both!
7. Talk to me a bit about the European Assaults! How awesome was that to go over there?
Dr Rock : fuck man! Europe was killer!!! First ever tour I’ve ever done, so I was lucky enough to do Europe first! The people were great! Iron Fist had awesome support out there! Nonstop drinking and drugging and rocking out every night for a whole month! Great memories! Plan to go back 2014!
8. What do you say to the “NAYSAYERS” that will call you a MOTORHEAD RIP OFF?
Dr Rock : tell them to go fuck themselves! Haha. Yeah dude, like I said earlier, it’s hard for me to compare Iron Fist music to Motörhead. It’s surely Motörhead influenced. But I really can’t imagine Motörhead playing songs like “Die Wasted On Doomsday” or “Noize Not Music” haha!
9. What are the next set of moves for Iron Fist? Album? Tours?
Anything cool planned for 2013
Dr Rock : yeah! 2013 will be a great year for Iron Fist! We have the upcoming MPDS Across the West Coast tour with our good buds Ewig Frost from Austria and Speedboozer from North Carolina. We also have another ’7 Ep coming out real soon on Tardis/Destroy Records(UK) and then our debut full-length LP “We Are Motorpunks” which should be out by the end of the year! Also some new t shirt designs. This iron fist can’t and won’t be stopped!
10. Any last words?
Dr Rock : Don’t let the bastards bring ya down! Never give a shit!
Eli :WHENE EVER SOME ONE TRYS TO PUT YOU DOWN FOR WHAT EVER REASON , DON’T DIG IT !, STAND UP FOR YOUR SELF AND YOUR BELIEVES AND DON’T LET ANY BODY EVER TELL YOU THAT WHAT UR DOING IS WRONG AS LONG AS YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR SELF .
LONG LIFE HEAVY METAL PUNK ROCK AND ROLL
& LONG LIFE TO
*** IRON FIST ***
TODO SEA POR EL ROCK N’ ROLL !!!
…. ELI SPADES
“Rock n’ Roll Patrol” 7 Inch EP out this year on Tardis/Destroy Records (UK)