BAND OF THE WEEK – FITNESS CLUB FIASCO

British/Canadian synth-pop band, with one of those names that leaves you wondering for a good while how the heck they came up with it. Perhaps their music is intended to make your trip to the fitness club a fiasco, by distracting you from doing exercise and sitting down to listen to some good quality tunes instead? Who knows. On a slightly relevant side note, turns out that Catfish & the Bottlemen’s name in inspired by a beer bottle-playing street busker in Sydney, named Catfish the Bottleman, who Van saw when on holiday as a child. Bet you’d been wondering on that name for a while. Moving back to Fitness Club Fiasco, the band released their debut album ‘Modern Thought’ last year, a record filled with good indie energy and bass riffs to remind you of the Stone Roses. ‘Foolish’ and ‘Goldmine’ are perhaps the two stand-out ones from the album, but my personal highlight is the mellow, intricate ‘Resurrection Body’ – just as synth-heavy as the others, but with a Bombay Bicycle Club-feel that makes me instantly love it. Magic Man and Ecstasy fans – listen up.

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