“SSRI,” the first song on the self-titled EP from local punk four-piece Fitness, offers the one thing I want from an opening salvo: a shot of adrenaline. There’s no “right way” to deliver that shot, but I can’t argue with Fitness’s methods. The band burns through a meaty, forward-charging rock melody with the help of two guitars shooting off bottle-rocket riffs and some seriously gnarly, melodic scream-singing that occasionally gives way to some uplifting vocal harmonies.
Fitness does it all in just a few seconds shy of three minutes, which is more than enough time for “SSRI” to grab hold of your head and make you want to keep listening to the rest of the EP. The song also indicates that the group’s got its rock bona fides down pat, though a quick scan of the credits for Fitness backs that up too—Meat Wave bassist Joe Gac recorded the EP, which recently came out on cassette through Burger Records imprint Wiener Records.
Fitness has been streaming on Bandcamp since June, but the band held off on celebrating its arrival till this month—Friday to be specific. Please & Thank Yous and Ditch Club open the record release show at the Burlington; it all starts at 9PM. Till then listen to “SSRI” below—it’s today’s 12 O’Clock Track.