The inspiration for Fist for a Hammer came from a visit to the Delta in Mississippi. I had been a big fan of southern blues all my life, but there’s something different being there in person, standing in a place where it happened. I wanted to capture that feeling, and I returned with Fist for a Hammer. It’s a song about hardship, which is common in blues. However, I wanted the language to be visceral and engaging, in a way you might find on a singer-songwriter record. – Gene Micofsky
“Fist for a Hammer” is a bluesy-rock song from Gene Micofsky’s LP “Amusia. Inspired by southern rock, the song fits in well with more modern acts like The Black Keys and the Hives. Inspirations from the classic rock genre can also be heard. The track could even fit in with ZZ Top, The Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The song is driven by a distorted electric guitar riff that feels catchy enough on it’s own. The vocals add an extra level of attitude to the track. The lyrics showcase the great songwriting ability of Gene Micofsky. Overall, the song feels like a powerful bluesy song that can be appreciated by all true music lovers. We also recommend checking out the song “Good Morning.” It gives us Eric Clapton vibes and has a little softer of a feel.
I’ve been playing guitar since I was in second grade, but around age 12 it transformed into a complete obsession. Creating music was a natural instinct. The minute I got my first electric guitar, I immediately started trying to invent ideas. I never really thought about what I was doing. I started recording my own music in high school, creating my first self-produced record at 18. I still produce my own work, but now produce for others as well. I also create scores for film & TV. – Gene Micofsky
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Written by Ryan Cassata