June 25, 2011

Title Fight

It wouldn't be so far of a stretch to say that when it comes to punk and hardcore, the eastern Atlantic is at the forefront of bringing us the most promising up and comers, and Title Fight are the scene's latest championship contenders. Based out of Kingston, PA, the current tourmates of recent BUZZSound, Touché Amoré, take influence from pop punk's glory days of Lifetime and Jawbreaker by resuscitating a melodically pleasing fast-paced aggression that's waned in quality over the past decade thanks to mainstream emo-core bastardization. Comprised of lead singer and guitarist, Jamie Rhoden, twin brothers Ned and Ben Russin on drums and bass and Shane Moran on second guitar, Title Fight embody the youthful heart of the DIY punk community, getting their start all the way back in 2003 as a group of friends and family with the simple goal to play music together. Despite countless dates in the local basement scene and miles and miles of touring, demos, EPs and compilation appearances over the years, 2011 recently saw the arrival of the band's debut album, Shed, on post-hardcore stable, SideOneDummy. The opportunity to have their music widely released on a nurturing label is already bringing a much-deserved payoff for Title Fight's hard work ethic and sincerity, too. This summer, they'll be making the trek across Europe with stops at this year's Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium, the UK's legendary Reading and Leeds Festival, returning back to the States to join some of the best at the FYF Fest, and finally, another round of dates with Touché Amoré down under in Australia. It's been a long, long road to success but it's about time Title Fight got a shot at the belt.

Title Fight - "27"

Title Fight - "Coxton Yard"

Title Fight - "No One Stays at the Top Forever" / "Shed" (live at Chain Reaction)
Director: Alvin Carillo

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