Editor’s Note: The indie punk band Title Fight is coming to Orlando tomorrow as part of the Alt Press Fall Tour, performing at Beacham Theatre. Freeline Media’s 20-something music critic, Heidi Bolduc, takes a look at the band’s new album, Shed, offering her thoughts on whether this band is worth checking out on Tuesday.
ORLANDO — Despite years spent touring the punk and hardcore community circuits, Pennsylvania-natives Title Fight were missing one thing that set them apart from a majority of bands in the music industry: a full length album.
That’s right, up until the May 2011 release of the 4-piece hardcore band’s debut Shed, the only music available to fans was in the form of a string of successful demos and EPs. Although admittedly not a fan of the post-punk genre myself, I was recently offered the opportunity to listen to Shed in its entirety and found the album to have a form of musical cohesiveness to it that I’m sure a wide variety of music fans can appreciate.
Opening the album, the track “Coxton Yard” bursts forth with only a slight two-count warning, forcing the listener to play close attention via a barrage of drums, guitars, and of course vocalist Jamie Rhoden’s scream-out-loud lyrics.
And if the opener wasn’t enough of an indication, the album’s title track “Shred” further confirms that this is not a collection of songs for the faint of heart—there is a definite theme of raw energy that bleeds itself through this album.
It’s probably not until the listener reaches the CD’s seventh track — which serves as a musical interlude — that his or her ears are given a well-deserved rest. Including a relaxed blend of guitar distortion, softly sung vocals, and light drums, “Safe in Your Skin” serves as the perfect introduction for the soul-searching ballad “Where Am I?” In a lot of ways, this particular song seems to reference the band’s history — a majority of its members either dropped out of high school or left to tour full time shortly after graduating.
But that somber side gets lost once again as “Your Screen Door” cranks back up the tempo.
Still, out of all 12 tracks featured on Shred, the album’s closer “GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)” is able to accomplish a feat that is difficult for most bands to deliver; this song as a whole really does an amazing job of capturing the spirit of Title Fight’s first release. With a series of melodic arrangements to accompany the harder, faster sound that is characteristic of the genre, this song is my personal favorite off the album.
Overall, as an up-and-coming hardcore band who have been compared to the likes of Jawbreaker and Lifetime, I would have to say that this first full-length clearly won’t be the last for Title Fight. And with a slated performance on the upcoming Alternative Press Fall Tour, the band shows no signs of letting a later-than-anticipated debut album release slow them down.
Title Fight’s Shedwas released on May 3, 2011 on the SideOneDummy Records
The Alternative Press Tour starts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Beacham is at 46 N. Orange Ave. in Orlando. Call 407-246-1419 for tickets, which cost $16-18.
Contact Heidi at FreelineOrlando@Gmail.com.