Title Fight - Shed

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Punk rock
SideOneDummy Records
Title Fight
Shed
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Kingston, PA’s Title Fight has had an interesting career to, say the least. The band went from playing VFW halls in rural Pennsylvania to touring with New Found Glory, Four Year Strong and Bayside in the rapid span of a year. Now the band is releasing Shed, its first proper LP and Side One Dummy debut.

Shed is the follow up to 2009’s The Last Thing You Forget, which is less of an album and more of a compilation of demos, splits and EPs. It worked in three parts and helped the band showcase its three styles in succession: heavier yet intensely melodic, upbeat pop-punk, and slower-paced late 90s-influenced indie rock. It left fans with three distinct impressions of the band’s sound.

Title Fight jumps–no intro, no build up–straight into album opener “Coxton Yard” with Ben Russin’s signature tight drumming and vocalist/bassist Ned Russin’s grating shout, layered with Jamie Rhoden’s softer vocals for balance. Title track “Shed” starts off with biting lyrics “You’re cold like the blood that runs through your veins”, while guitarists Jamie Rhoden and Shane Moran work off each other with bending leads and supporting rhythms.

“Flood of ’72” and “You Can’t Say Kingston Doesn’t Love You” brings out quick drums, droning bass lines and catchy melodies (as previously heard on the Kingston EP). But there are quieter moments on the album that are slower, more disciplined and the transitions between the two are smoothly executed. “Safe In Your Skin” acts as an intro to “Where Am I?”, the former instrumentally-driven with mumbled vocals and followed by the latter’s softly-sung chorus “But I wouldn't trade it/Not for anything/Maybe there's nothing/Only this moment.”

With Shed, Title Fight successfully proves that it can write a full, cohesive album with a beginning, middle and end. The album is full of elements from the band’s previous releases, and producer Walter Schreifels (of Gorilla Biscuits, Rival Schools) helped the band break down its sound, taking what it’s known for and best at, then helped them build it back up, tying it all together. Shed is where Title Fight finds its identity as a band.

1. Coxton Yard
2. Shed
3. Flood of '72
4. Society
5. You Can't Say Kingston Doesn't Love You
6. Crescent-Shaped Depression
7. Safe In Your Skin
8. Where Am I
9. Your Screen Door
10. 27
11. Stab
12. GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)

Title Fight is a band from Kingston, PA, USA that combines elements of pop punk and melodic hardcore. They are currently signed to Side One Dummy records and will be embarking on their first headlining cross-country summer tour starting May 19th. They released a new 3-song 7" The Last Thing You Forget on June 23rd, as well as a CD released on July 10th, compiling all of their releases to date: 2007's split CD with The Erection Kids and 2008's Kingston EP (available on iTunes), both released on Flight Plan Records. ... read more

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