Published May 26, 2009Now that some recent reissuing has put '80s no wave outfit Liquid Liquid back in the spotlight, nu-Balearic-leaning imprint Claremont 56 is set to do the same for Fist of Facts, a long-gone side-project of Liquid Liquid's Sal Principato. Later this month, the UK label will be unearthing four previously unreleased tracks from the group and pressing them on limited edition 12-inch vinyl, with only 500 hand-numbered copies being made. Apparently, the tracks have been in storage on cassette tape for 25 years, and none has ever before been heard by the public.
Here's how Claremont boss Mudd sums up what Fists of Facts were all about:
Fist of Facts began life in a basement studio on Ludlow Street, downtown Manhattan, in the mid-80s. The bastard child of Liquid Liquid's Salvatore Principato & Ken Man Caldeira (part of the Liquid Liquid extended family and original Liquid Idiot member) the band lasted nearly a decade during which they created a uniquely downtown New York sound evoking a musical, cultural and political construct that could only have evolved at that particular time in that particular place.
The Fist of Facts sound was mostly captured on a 4-track recorder synched to some long expired sequencing software; however, in performance the band could consist of Sal, Ken Man Caldeira and a computer or a nine-piece ensemble replete with a horn section. Never standing still long enough to be defined, Fist of Facts defied any attempt to stifle the spirit of their music and strove to avoid compromise, digging deep into the idiosyncrasies of their personal experiences, political understandings and musical sensibilities. The band developed through it's ever changing line-up of significant contributors who passed through the studio or took to the stage to help decorate the sound and make their mark. Amongst those who contributed to this evolution were Mark Cunningham, Felice Rosser, Don Dowdye, Carlos Vivanco, Genevieve Boulet De Monvel and many more.
Fist of Facts strived to evoke the philosophy of the early Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov who, in his cinematic manifesto, stated: Simply: the factory of facts. Filming facts. Sorting facts. Disseminating facts. Agitating facts. Fists made of facts. Mountains of facts. Hurricanes of facts and individual little factlets.
And while there is no firm release date for the Fists of Facts 12-inch, you will be able to order it here and it will come with the following tracklisting:
A1. "Wah Wah"
B1."Fugutive Vesco" (Demo version)
B2. "Industrial Dub" (Mudd edit)