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Not to be confused with Fitness band.

Fitness (band) is an American synth-rock band from Los Angeles, CA. The band consists of Max Collins, formerly from Eve 6, and Kenny Carkeet, formerly from Awolnation. They also feature Ben Hilzinger as their drummer.

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Background[edit]

Collins and Carkeet first met at a music festival in upstate New York.[1] The band itself was formed in late 2016, and released two stand-alone singles: “Get Dead” and “Supafeeler (Vice Grip).” In March 2017 Carkeet announced that he would be leaving Awolnation to spend more time with Fitness. Their songs are mostly focused on freedom and having fun.[2]

Collins also said in an interview with Bus Invaders that he and Kenny Carkeet consciously named their band Fitness to be intentionally hard to search for.

“Our band is called Fitness. Fitness is impossible to find on the internet. By naming ourselves a name that’s impossible to find on the internet, we’re just setting ourselves… I don’t know, 173 odd paces behind our competitors, and that’s the way we like it. But if you do want to find us, all of our socials are FitnessWasTaken, because it was. You look up “Fitness band” and you’re just going to get something that counts your pulse for you, or whatever.” – Collins

Discography[edit]

The next single the band released was “Feel The Weight,” on April 14th, 2017. Another single, “I Don’t Feel Anything” was released on August 24th, 2017. Their debut EP, Aggroculture, was released of September 15th, 2017.

On February 2nd, 2018, they released the single Matter of Time[3], with a music video on the same day. Their debut album, Karate, was released on June 29th, 2018. Although they did not upload the audio of their songs on their YouTube channel, the audio was instead uploaded by SoulSpazm14. They then began touring with Wild Moccasins and Kongos. On January 9th, 2019, the band released a lyric video for “Cold Rain” on their YouTube channel.

On May 2nd, 2019, they released a single called “AMEN!!” Over the course of the next few months, they uploaded several other singles, such as “Yellowjackets,” “High,” “Dirty Work,” “Anvil,” “Keep It Good,” and “A Way to be Saved.” On April 10th, 2020, during the Covid-19 Pandemic, they released another EP, Opera Cadaver. Although many of these songs were not featured on it.

Musical styles[edit]

Fitness’s sound has been best described as alternative rock and aggressive synth-pop.[4] All-Access Music has described the project as a “middle finger to convention and expectations.”[5]

Personnel[edit]

  • Max Collins (lead vocals, bass)
  • Kenny Carkeet (backing vocals, guitar, synthesizers)
  • Ben Hilzinger (performing only) (drums)

References[edit]

  • ^ “An Interview With Ex-Awolnation’s KENNY CARKEET About His New Band FITNESS With Eve 6’s Max Collins! | All Access Music”. Retrieved 2020-05-25..mw-parser-output cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:”””””””‘””‘”}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-free a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a{background-image:url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/65/Lock-green.svg/9px-Lock-green.svg.png”);background-image:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/65/Lock-green.svg”);background-repeat:no-repeat;background-size:9px;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .id-lock-registration a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a{background-image:url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-gray-alt-2.svg.png”);background-image:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg”);background-repeat:no-repeat;background-size:9px;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-subscription a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a{background-image:url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-red-alt-2.svg.png”);background-image:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg”);background-repeat:no-repeat;background-size:9px;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background-image:url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4c/Wikisource-logo.svg/12px-Wikisource-logo.svg.png”);background-image:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4c/Wikisource-logo.svg”);background-repeat:no-repeat;background-size:12px;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .citation .mw-selflink{font-weight:inherit}
  • ^ Sound, Stitched (2018-08-06). “FITNESS discuss their new album, what excites them about the band and what’s next for them”. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  • ^ “Eve 6’s Max Collins talks FITNESS, ‘Matter of Time,’ technology (Includes interview)”. www.digitaljournal.com. 2018-09-13. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  • ^ “Kenny Carkeet: Fitness band is all about freedom and fun”.
  • ^ “An Interview With Ex-Awolnation’s KENNY CARKEET About His New Band FITNESS With Eve 6’s Max Collins!”.