Checkered Fist
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Checkered Fist @ Bald Faced Stag Hotel

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Checkered Fist @ Jubilee Hotel

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Checkered Fist @ Landsdowne Hotel

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Checkered Fist are a young, psychobilly trio from the Central Coast of NSW. Now, when I say young, dig the ages of these cats - Julian (lead guitar, 15), Jake (drums 14), and Damon (double bass 11). But they aren't some novelty act - these lads seriously rock. They already have an EP of orignal tunes out called 'Where Society Leads Us, which is getting heaps of radio airplay. They Play the sinners Ball on Friday, 1 August at Souths Leagues Club and Greazefest Hot Rod Show this Sunday at Davies Park, West End - Courier Mail July 24 08 - Pat Whyte

..................The sinners ball on Friday night saw a colourful congregation with all sorts or fockers, glamorous gals, greased and chopped guys and tattooed sweethearts turning out for this night of nights. Lori Lee was working hard at the DJ desk, setting the mood with some choice rockabilly cuts. Live on stage the Bad Moon Company summoned their army of fans who crammed the dance floor for their jungle rythum rockabilly. The Vaudevillains were quick to follow and they stepped on the gas peddle with a quality set of hopped up rockabilly. The youngest rockers I have ever met, Checkered Fist (aged 11 to 15) hit the stage and the crown just went nuts when they discovered these cats really could play with energy and angst - Cruisin Magazine - Issue 98 December 08

When I first got the Checkered Fist CD in the mail I laughed, really really loudly. Since then I have been putting off the review like the black plague. Not because I don’t like the band, just because every time I see them I laugh. The first time I saw them was about a year and a half ago at GOATS Festival, and the bass player was literally four and a half foot tall. The singer was maybe just turned fifteen and shitting himself on stage and the drummer was still wearing his school clothes on a Sunday. Since then not much has changed.

Except they have some of the biggest in NSW rockabilly names backing them with this EP, The Rumblers and The Porkers both being a 'Checkered Fist' band means that these dudes are set with gigs, gear and chicks for their teen lives. So maybe this review is more out of jealousy: I wish I was sixteen touring the country playing psychobilly, but I’m not.

Anyway, so, I have this new EP… It’s pretty psycho, with constant reassurances that it is so, and that you should already know this. It has a pretty good sound in the EP, the guitar has a pretty thick sound and the double bass sounds pretty cool, for a little tyke he has a lot of skill on an instrument much bigger than himself. And they are definitely setting themselves up for some serious lady action when they get a bit older, rockabilly women always know how to keep themselves.

The music has a lot of punk influences and speed rockabilly; his vocals are slightly underdeveloped for that chain smoking singing style he is trying to master. But their skill in being able to write psychobilly is pretty amazing. Some of their some structures need to be worked on to create fluent transitions but other than that, very catchy. I reckon this is a great start, and they should stick at it and in five years or so blow ZGT out of the water and get them to get their arses in gear.

Psychobilly ain't dead is obviously the best track, catchy, and is completely what everyone wants to hear. One of the great things about this band is their influences on their friends, hopefully creating a whole new Central Coast scene of little rockabilly dudes and dudettes. Show them what real music is. That’s pretty exciting. The Folsom Prison Blues cover originally by Johnny Cash isn’t too bad. A nice little EP. Good on ya kiddies.
- - Marrowmonkey 21 April 09


1) Where Society Leads Us (4 x Track EP) Released 2007
2) Psychobilly Unleashed (5 x Track EP) Released 2009 through Foghorn Records
3) Compilation - Foghorn Records (not yet released)
4) LP / Album - Foghorn Records (not yet released)



Newcastle trio ‘Checkered Fist’ formed in June 2007. Their genre is predominantly "Psychobilly", being a fresh, unique and awesome fusion of many musical styles including rockabilly, blues, alternate rock and punk. The youthful exuberance of this young trio never goes unnoticed. They blast their way through live stage performances, which are often interactive but always full throttle and high energy.

Despite their young age, Checkered Fist has racked up numerous gig performances at pubs, clubs, auditoriums and even outdoor festivals. In their short but rapidly developing career the boys have already received high acclaim from peers and supporters alike. Their live shows to date have expanded across several states in Australia and Checkered Fist has been given 'air-time' on a number of radio stations across Australia and in the USA. They have played 62 gigs in the past 18 months, and have upcoming shows in Melbourne, Wollongong, Canberra and Queensland.

Bands who have influenced Checkered Fist include The Dropkick Murphys, The Clash, The Living End, Reverend Horton Heat, Mad Sin, AC/DC, Metallica, Sex Pistols, Stray Cats, Slipknot, INXS, Midnight Oil, Johnny Cash, Elvis and more. After their initial ‘Demo’ recording in September 2007, Checkered Fist got serious and with the assistance of Damien Gerard Studios, recorded their debut EP ‘Unleashed’ which has just hit the streets.

Checkered Fist are now part of the Foghorn Records family having recently signed a Publishing deal.


• 4ZZZ Radio charts - No. 1 for two weeks (17 & 24 January 2009) after entering the charts at No. 9. Currently they sit at No.5

• Performances with The Basics (VIC), KC and the Moonshine Band (Canada), Buzz Deluxe (Canada), The Disables (QLD), Casino Rumblers (NSW), Brigitte Handley and the Dark Shadows (NSW), Firebirds (VIC), The Pints (QLD), Town Hall Steps (NSW).

• Radio Airplay – Central Coast FM, 4ZZZFM, Midwest American Radio, Sea FM. Radio interviews with the Lockup Garage (Central Coast FM0, 4zzzfm & Midwest American Radio

• Surfest Band Comp winners 2008

• Psychobilly Magazines in Germany (Die in Style) and Japan (Welcome to the Jungle)

• Newcastle Herald Newspaper, Cruzin Magazine, Article in Time Off Magazine, The Courier – Mail Brisbane. Express Advocate Central Coast.

• Dolly Magazine, Rave, BMA Canberra, Reverb, Blunt

• Performances at 2008 Greasefest Kustom Kulture weekend QLD

• Sponsored by Felon Clothing – Bad Attitude / Lucky Thirteen, Psychobilly clothing

• Julian Shaw sponsored by Upfold guitars, (who also sponsor Rick Brewster from the Angels)

• Video taken of them for the Hub Music Channel, Aurora TV Foxtel.

GIGS - Here are a few gigs they have performed this year

Utopia Records, Punkfest (headliners), Toukley Retro Festival, Greazefest, Capital City Punkfest, Surfest, Brain Banana (4zzzfm), Tribute a Rama (4zzzfm), the Clash Bash and many others.