Fitness Club Fiasco
Fitness Club Fiasco has a bit of a disjointed history. The brainchild of lead singer and songwriter Mike Harloff, they originally cut their synth-pop teeth in the UK music scene while living in Bristol, England. They originally formed with two Canadian ex-pats (Harloff and vocalist Jessica Underdown) and two homegrown Brits. During two years of performing in the UK they enjoyed radio play from the BBC and released two singles through the London based label “Something in Construction” (Memory Tapes, Air France, Loney Dear, etc). BBC’s Steve Lamacq has described their sound as both twinkly and poignant, capturing both a sense of optimism and melancholy. Such praise has translated to this side of the Atlantic as Fitness Club Fiasco has garnered support through the likes of CBC’s Meg Wilcox who hosts the show “Bandwidth” on CBC radio one. FCF soon returned to Canada, adding new members Matt Henderson (of the Toronto-based band Old English), local singer-songwriter Jess Janz, and drummer Cam Guthrie in addition to original members Harloff and Underdown. While being compared to such acts as the Postal Service, the Killers, MGMT, and the Pet Shop Boys, it is hard to pin them down to any particular musical allegiance. It’s more suitable to liken their catchy brand of synth-pop to lego, drawing upon the musical insights of other artists and synthesizing it into their own sound (synth pun intended!). Their incredible pop sensibilities, creative arrangements and energetic live shows have earned them opening slots for the likes of USS and the Memory Tapes. FCF is in the midst of recording and producing their debut full length album, using ‘Goldmine’ as the first single to begin gaining traction leading into that release. If you've never listened to their singles or come out to one of their shows, then you've stunted your growth (metaphorical on many levels) – but it’s not too late! With their ample pop hooks and beats to make you shimmy, Fitness Club Fiasco will take you to the moon and back!