As part of our Placeholder series, we're asking some of our favourite artists an incredibly simple question: 'what are you reading?'. A pretty great way to find out what you should be spending your money on if you ask us.


Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon (2015)

"I picked up Girl in a Band before setting out on our recent UK tour last month. I wanted to make sure I had something written from a feminist perspective that I could relate to before embarking on another tour where I myself would be the only girl in a band. I had made the mistake of bringing American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis the month prior when we went on a cross-Canadian tour, but the extreme overt misogyny and the pure hatred depicted towards women caused me to give up after only 150 pages. Girl in a Band by contrast was the exact antithesis to my prior choice and was exactly what I needed on the road.

"I have pretty much worshiped Kim Gordon and Sonic Youth since I was a teenager so this book was an obvious choice for me I'm not usually a huge fan of celebrity memoirs but I found this book extremely captivating in the way it shed such a personal light on an individual I have admired since I started listening to music and playing in a band. The first half of the book delves into her early life and reveals a much more vulnerable and insecure young woman than I would have thought possible for someone who I have always revered so highly. I had always assumed that Kim Gordon was such a stone-cold bad ass who was always impossibly cool, so it was rewarding to discover a much more relatable and entirely complex person that I share so many subtle similarities with.

"From stories about the humble beginnings of one of the most influential bands whose career has spanned decades, to backstories about some of my favorite songs and the recording processes of some of my favorite albums, (not to mention the inter-personal relationships of the band members), Girl in a Band is the perfect sneak peek into the life of one of my most inspirational superstars. A definite must read for any girl in a band."



Fist City's new album, Everything is a Mess, is due out on June 22nd. Check out the video for 'Hey Little Sister' below.