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Daddy Was 02:50
Promises 02:32
The Sea 03:41
Down Simba 02:48
Sidewinder 02:44
The Bounce 03:20


FISTICUFFS - 3rd full-length album from Philadelphia band Le Fits. This collection of 8 songs recorded over the course of 3 years is an inspired work of American pop songwriting. Sweet and catchy hooks share center stage with poetic lyricisms. Part Petty, part Malkmus, and part Reed, the songs have an instantaneously classic feel while remaining loose and tastefully performed. Echoes of The Band can be heard in the rhythm section on some of the more pocket grooves (Daddy Was, The Sea) while twangy angst hailing from a land somewhere between Big Star and Beck fuels tracks such as Finishing School and Promises. The albums' finale, Mulberry Street, could just as easily be the lead single. Last to be recorded in the finished Hi5 studio* it is a rich, reverb dream - a nostalgic fantasy of "The sunny side of the moon" in which echoes of Spiritualized and VU mingle with Stereolab and Yo La Tengo to form their own unique blend of California groovy.


released April 4, 2015

Le Fits

Ben Riesman - guitar, vocals, synth
Alex Yaker - bass, farfisa, organ
Joel Rose - piano, wurlitzer
Josh Olmstead - guitar
Alec Meltzer - drums
Matt Scarano - drums (Finishing School)
Josh Friedman - drums (Mulberry Street)
Charlie Hall - drums (Sidewinder)

The silvertongued backing vocals:
Jesse Moore
Josh Newman
Heyward Howkins
Jamie Olson
Brian Christinzio
Josh Olmstead

Additional appearances:
Ansel Barnum - harmonica (The Sea)
Dawn Webster - trumpet (Down Simba)
Max Diez (percussion on Down Simba)
Sokio - Synth (Finishing School)

Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Ben Riesman at Hi5 Recording in Philadelphia, PA
Mastered by Mark Trewella at Full Circle Mastering
Additional engineering: Josh Friedman, Nick Cislak, Mike Mullin, Gregg Gunner Cornish

Artwork by Brandt Imhoff

Catherine Birdsall, Jorge Cousineau, Sokio, James Ryskalchik


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Le Fits Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Le Fits are back with their 3rd LP FISTICUFFS: A pythagorean triangle of 8 great American songs. Le Fits has been called "Pavement meets Rain Dogs in New Orleans" which is apt for this album which is full of catchy hooks, loose pockets, and post-poetic lyricisms. ... more

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