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THE GITS formed in 1986 in Ohio and moved to Seattle three years later, just as the grunge phenomenon was becoming predominant in the region.

Fronted by charismatic, powerhouse vocalist Mia Zapata, THE GITS further consisted of guitarist Joe Spleen, bass player Matthew Fred Dresdner and drummer Steve Moriarty. Despite an insular disposition, THE GITS eventually became the hub of a rather large music and social sub-scene.

The group was perhaps the first Seattle underground band to successfully tour Europe without the aid of either record label or booking agency - which they accomplished illegally, relying on the support of European squatter and musician friends.

During their four-year tenure in Seattle THE GITS gained a reputation for an uncompromising vision and a bluesy street punk aesthetic. Passion, a strong ironic sense and the intensity of their live shows earned THE GITS a devoted following throughout the West Coast until the murder of singer Zapata in 1993

The ex-members of the band have recently compiled a posthumous album entitled Seafish Louisville which contains unreleased studio tracks, remixed versions of the bandís early recordings and live material recorded in Seattle. Surprisingly, this album is perhaps the most consistent and essential GITS release Seafish Louisville captures the dark and troubled soul of a dynamic band in their prime, and is available now on San Francisco's Broken Rekids.