Sick Fits Bring It Back

Sick Fits Bring It Back
Punk’s roots have been exhumed in recent years as a whole new generation of musicians search for that distending ’77 authenticity and stripped down sound. But no matter how much influence is drawn from the past, it’s inevitable that the music will evolve. Usually that evolution takes a forward motion, but for the Sick Fits, it meant getting beyond the punk explosion by delving into what formed it in the first place.

When the Sick Fits first abraded their way onto the Ottawa scene, disseminating their caustic paroxysms with seven-inch singles and the EP ,Are We the Young Savages?, they quickly found themselves gaining notoriety with their dirty stylisations, which sounded like they were written with broken bottles and inspired by unrefined feedback hangovers. But the Sick Fits’ debut full-length sees the band moving into proto-punk fixations, which further complement their penchant for raunchy swagger, dropping patches of the Velvet Underground, Stooges, MC5, and T. Rex. Vocalist Michael A. Hurts says that delving into pre-punk territory was an unintentional but inevitable transition.

"When we started we wanted to see if we could be an authentic band from ’76 or something, but now it was kind of only natural to go proto-punk to see where the styles came from,” he says. "We went back in time a little bit.”

The debut doesn’t so much mark a new direction for the band as it does see them absorb further reverberations. Hurts sees this album as a mark of variation as well as progress. "When we started we were new and we knew what we wanted to be, but as time goes on, especially when you’re young, people change and they also get better at playing their instruments,” he says. "And you know, you can’t do the same thing forever.”