The Unfit

August 8, 2020

Seattle-based band The Unfit recently released their self-titled debut album on June 5th along with their third single "Picture". The track follows up the album's previous singles "Caged Rats and Hamster Wheels" and "The Living".


About "Picture" The Unfit's singer and bassist Jake Knuth says:


It's about the terror and sadness that overcomes me when I think about the fact that my memory is me and that my memory is limited and impermanent – and everything that I am and every moment, however profound, however beautiful, will go away and, for all anyone knows or cares, ultimately might as well never have existed.

The song is also a sort of way of grieving for me – over the loss of youth, loss of partners and loved ones, loss of various parts of me and my life that I will never get back. I want to preserve and remember these things, these profound moments and feelings, but it will all ultimately fade away.  

The Unfit formed in Seattle in 2012. After years of sparse shows, sporadic recording sessions, and scattered postings of tracks online, old high school friends and longtime Seattle musicians are releasing their self-titled debut. 


The Unfit is an unrelenting exercise in catharsis formed out of the band’s need for a sort of musical therapy in the current times. Their sound can be described as a mix of 80's and 90's punk, grunge and indie rock influences, at times noisy and sludgy, at times reminiscent of hardcore punk. The songs featured on the band's debut album deal largely with finding meaning, belonging, and honesty in a world where such things seem to be becoming harder to find, and coping with the lack thereof. Underlying it all is the sentiment that when the fittest for survival in our current world often seem to be those with the greatest capacity for dishonesty, shamelessness, and zealous self-interest, one can perhaps take some pride and find belonging in being one of the unfit.

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