Edmonton post-whatever rockers Fitness are gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album, Full Well, out March 5 through Sad Cactus Records.
New Noise is proud to premiere Full Well in, well, full below (no pun intended):
Placing cerebral and impassioned lyrics over a dynamic and discordant instrumental bedrock, Edmonton, Alberta’s Fitness emerged with their 2018 debut album, -ing.
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 quickly developed a small following in Canada.
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 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.
Pre-order Full Well here.