Placing cerebral and impassioned lyrics over a dynamic and discordant instrumental bedrock, Edmonton, Alberta’s Fitness emerged with their debut album -ing in February of 2018. Gaining attention for their unique sound, which incorporated wiry guitar progressions, melodic bass work, off kilter drum lines, and surreal takes on masculinity, self-image, and belonging, the band developed a small following in Canada. Charting on college radio from coast to coast, the album ended the year as the third most played record on Edmonton’s CJSR.
On Full Well the band shifts to a more polished sound while retaining their brand of eccentric art-punk. This is an album about coming to terms with the limits of one’s understanding. Informed by a close family member’s manic episode, another family member’s deteriorating memory, the Hebrew bible, and a university graduation, the words grapple with the confusion induced by an increasingly complex and perplexing world. And although the words are sung with the fervent conviction of a street side sermon, it is a conviction that quickly reveals itself as hollow as the words devolve into contradiction, irony, and frustrated rambling. Fittingly, the instrumental foundation for these rambling lyrics shifts restlessly throughout Full Well as the band moves abruptly through time, tempo, and mood changes, never allowing the listener the comfort of knowing full well where they are, or where they may be going next. Full Well releases March 5 on New York based independent label Sad Cactus Records.