Mickey Murder – Vocals/Bass
Flipp – Guitar/Vocals
Hollywood – Guitar/Backing Vocals
JD – Drums/Backing Vocals
Windy City metallers FIST TO THE SKY are a four piece melodic metal band. They pride themselves on their ability to fuse great melodies into their heavy, but radio friendly sound. The young quartet formed in the fall of 2008. Lead vocals and bass are fronted by Mickey Murder. Flipp handles the lead guitar work along with most backing vocals. Rhythm guitarist Hollywood and drummer JD handle all the other backing vocal duties. The band was founded by brothers Mickey Murder and Flipp, and their cousin Hollywood.
“Nothing to lose, something to prove, it’s the fuel to the fire that is this band.” says Flipp.
After their initial formation in late 2008, the band focused the next year on writing for their first demo release. In May of 2010, FIST TO THE SKY’s first nine song self-recorded and self-produced demo album called "Light the World Up” was released. The release would later prove to be a success for FTTS, going on to independently sell over one thousand copies and counting. However, in lieu of the release’s success, the band was finding themselves looking for a replacement on drums shortly after the release. They found their perfect match in the addition of drummer JD in the summer of 2011.
“Best Original Band of 2011” voted on by Suburban NiteLife Magazine.”
FIST TO THE SKY has become known to play at some of the best venues in and around their hometown of Chicago, IL. This includes, but is not limited to; The House of Blues - Chicago, Bottom Lounge, Durty Nellies, The Cobra Lounge, Another Hole In The Wall, Penny Road Pub, and Shark City. They have independently toured through Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan and are looking to keep hitting the pavement. During this time on the road, they have opened for national acts such as 12 Stones, Cavo, The Veer Union, Hell or Highwater, Rains, Janus, Madina Lake, and with other well known bands such as Blue Felix, Blameshift, Underride and 3 Pill Morning.
“One of the hardest working bands in the Chicago-land area” – Vision Entertainment
Talent, dedication, desire and a well-rounded image have this band creating a buzz. They currently hold endorsements with Beaver Bottom Cabinets and Steve Clayton Guitar Picks. The band has also caught the attention of Chicago’s Rock Magazine editor Mario Salazar.
“FTTS is a young group of rockers with fire in their eyes. They are a heavy rock band with somewhat of an alternative twist to their sound.” – Mario Salazar, www.ChicagosRock.com
On December 6, 2011 the band released a two song single disc titled "Down Into Hell – Single." The disc and mp3 downloads can be purchased at a FTTS show, on iTunes, AmazonMP3, CD Baby, and all other major digital retailers. The "Down Into Hell - Single" was recorded at Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, IL with engineer Scott Creekmore (Dirge Within, I Killed Everyone).
Voted “Independent Band of the Year” for 2012 by Happyheadbanger.blogspot.com.
With a very positive and overwhelming response from fans from the “Down Into Hell- Single” disc, the band decided to give back to the fans. On September 8th 2012, the band released a live music video for “Another Lesson Learned” which captured multiple shows the band did after their release. The music video features the bands energetic and high octane live show, while showing that special connection that they have with their fan base and a “behind the scene” feel of what goes on with the band before and after shows.
Currently, the band has just finished off a long run of shows and mini tours, dating back to February 2012. The band is actively promoting the “Down Into Hell-Single,” while writing new material for an upcoming EP release. The new EP is scheduled for a summer 2013 release. You can find the band on their website, www.fisttothesky.com, or on the many social networking sites they update almost daily.