Sweetfist

Sweetfist

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Melodic rock with lush swells of color, funky breakdowns and meaningful lyrics. Solid songwriting, soulful singing, stop-on-a-dime changes, club ready and rockin'.

Biography

If you want to know exactly how the band met and formed, skip to the last section. There you’ll read about the early years, 2002-2007. They were great years and we learned a lot, but the real story is where the band is now.

Sweetfist Right Now

In December of 2007 Sweetfist welcomed new drummer John Drislane into the band. John brought a raw edge to the sound that reminded the guys of the early days. They felt refreshed and re-charged. The band had come full circle. After relentlessly gigging for nearly four years and toying with various genres and styles, the band was back where they had started, playing rock.

The new Sweetfist immediately started writing new music and planning a return to the scene. The band hit their stride producing songs that were concise and catchy. By April 2008, as the band began to gig again, they managed to self record and release a three song demo. Want to Know, Underwater, and Wishful Ways have quickly become fan favorites as evidenced by the utter mayhem that occurs when the songs are played live.

Sweetfist has been around the block, they know this is a tough business but they are not discouraged. They've had some amazing experiences in the five years they've been together and are thankful for all of it. They've gone from playing empty bars to drawing 150 fisters per show and have done it the old fashioned way, one fan at a time.

"When we're old men we want to look back at songs we can be proud of, that's pretty much all we care about."

-Sweetfist

"This Salem-based four piece has set out to change the face of rock. Funky and fresh."

-The Boston Globe Sidekick

The Early Years (2002-2007)

The seeds of Sweetfist were first planted in early 2002 in Grand Rapids, MI. Singer/guitarist Dan Carlson was introduced to guitarist Chris Fuller by a mutual friend who thought they’re respective styles would compliment each other. After hearing each others work, both Dan and Chris agreed with their friend. They began to write songs and search for a rhythm section. Little did they know that search would take years, not to mention countless hours of work, and ultimately take them 850 miles east to Boston.

By May of 2003 the songwriting duo decided their fortunes lay east in Dan’s hometown of Boston where Carlson already knew a perfect bass player for the job. When they arrived in Boston they immediately set up a meeting with bassist and Berklee student Dave Gale. Dave had heard some demos from the duo and had already made up his mind, he wanted in. The three set off to find a drummer. Less than two months later the trio was introduced to Peabody, MA drum guru Dave Share. The four formed the band Moneyshot which eventually became Sweetfist.

Sweetfist hit the music scene running due to the almost two year songwriting head start by Dan and Chris. By late 2003, Moneyshot (soon to be known as Sweetfist) was quickly becoming a household name in the North Shore music scene. Over the next few years, they would play hundreds of New England shows everywhere from Vermont to New York to Boston. During this time they achieved a great deal as a band. They won the 2003 WAAF Battle of the Bands. They placed 7th of 160 at the 2004 Emergenza U.S. Finals. In 2006 they released a self produced, self financed studio album entitled Then is Now which can today be found on itunes. They built a solid and dedicated following drawing 150 people regularly.

By 2007, after the nostalgia of their early successes had worn off and they had experienced nearly four years of relentless gigging, Sweetfist was unsure what to do next. They wrote some new material and even mustered up enough cash to record it at a semi-pro studio. In the end they were unsatified with the result. Musically they had veered off course. After four years of gigging Sweetfist was still struggling to figure out exactly what genre they fit into. A local fanzine writer once described them as “schizophrenic”. It was around this time that Dave Share decided to leave the band. He had been a great friend and a loyal bandmate but he felt the need to move on. He can now be found with Gloucester, MA based band Mile 21.

Share’s departure might of sunk a lesser band, but not the fist. They saw this moment as an opportunity. With four years of gigging experience to their backs they knew what had to be done. "We had to ROCK at all times and to do so we needed a drummer who loved rock music."

Lyrics

Wishful Ways

Written By: Dan Carlson

Yesterday I called you even though you said goodbye so long ago.
The numbers just felt right to touch, completely unaware until your voice said hello.
And so I say, do you even know who this is anyway?
An empty space, it can't be real anyway it's all a haze.

Chorus:
Don't wake me, I'll sleep through this.
Better to feel like I'm dreaming.
Must break free from these foolish, wishful ways of perceiving.

Yesterday I saw you, even though you moved away from us so long ago.
I couldn't tell my mind was playing tricks on me until you said hello.

And as it stands, I feel my world is tilting out of hand.
Have we ran different directions until we meet again?

Chorus

Want to Know

Written By: Dan Carlson

Verse 1
Got to get ready for tomorrow.
It’s been a long time, it’s been an age.
I drove by this old familiar place.
It seems different it seems changed.

Chorus
I want to know where you’ve been and where you’re going.
I want to know how you felt and what you learned.
I want to see what you’ve seen and what’s uncertain.
Maybe we can sit and watch the world turn.
Want to know you’re loved.

Verse 2
Can’t keep waiting for tomorrow.
Cause I’m still living in today.
I keep trying to picture your face.
But I got it wrong, it’s been too long, it’s been erased.

Repeat Chorus
Repeat Verse 2
Repeat Chorus

Underwater

Written By: Dan Carlson

Verse 1
Tell me can you deliver because I’m in need and I need it quick.
Current remedies are making me sick as if there is something in the water.
Of course you’ve got me. I’m made up of moon earth air and sea.
I can’t know truth until I’m truly free from disease in the water.
Dance right through this, I’m bold not foolish, options are falling quick bit by bit into underwater.
Cold not frozen, layers are worn thin, I can’t help from falling in, underwater!

Chorus
Underwater! I’m underwater!

Time slips like a prisoner, leaves me alone to fix a mess.
How’s feeling good so sinister? Forward motion please I’m taking no less.
Four scores I haven’t heard, forcing up another word.
Of course I’ll be there afterward but I’ve been known to be called a liar.
Oh it feels good to squeeze this, pain relief is progress.
Let something release the stress of being wasted and tired.
Cold not frozen, layers are worn thin, I can’t help from falling in, underwater!

Bridge/Outro
I fed the meter I paid my dues, I’d give it all up for you!
I fed the meter I paid my dues, I’d give it all back for you!

Discography

2008 Demos
2006 Then is Now - 11 Songs
2004 Demos