Fisticuffs change name to Dream Country, unveil new song

Saskatoon group expects to drop yet-to-be-titled full-length LP in spring 2015

Fisticuffs, one of Saskatoon’s scrappiest indie alt-country rock bands, is no more. The band recently revealed that they would be continuing on as Dream Country. The announcement comes in advance of several upcoming shows, including October 24 at Amigos along with Economics along with a show at Regina’s O’Hanlons on October 17.

“It was just time for a change,” says front man Jordan Kurtz on the band’s newly-minted website. “A new record, a new line-up, and really a new sound. It’s exciting and daunting all at the same time to start from square one with a new name, but it sums up where we’ve been and where we’re going. A chance to take what we’ve learned and really go all in.”

Kurtz says that the new album is yet-to-be-titled and is expected to drop in the early part of 2015.

Dream Country has similarly unveiled a new track entitled “Hope Slide”, which features smooth-sounding vocals amidst some lush-sounding instrumentation. The song was recorded in various sessions with BC veteran musician/producer JP Maurice at Blue Light Studios in Vancouver, BC in 2013, and with Jonathan Anderson at Buena Vista Studio in Maple Ridge, BC in 2014.