Reviewed! Title Fight - Shed
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Title Fight. Remember the name. These Kingston, PA products could find themselves on the fast track to success in their given pop-punk/happy-hardcore genre, and their latest offering, Shed, should be the fuel for the fire to put them at the precipice of said greatness. Honestly, this band didn’t graduate from Pennsylvanian VFW’s to touring with some of the game’s best (New Found Glory, Bayside) for no reason. They have the skills to pay the bills.
This new long player could be thought of as something of a debut (well, sure, it’s their debut for SideOneDummy, but still) for Title Fight, since, in all actually, their 2009 release the Last Thing You Forget was a collection of demos, splits and EPs. Regardless of the way you choose to look at it, its quickly evident that Title Fight aren’t interested in fun and games on Shed, as listeners are immediately thrown into the wood chipper with opening bombardment “Coxton Yard,” a bombastic initial salvo built for those who like their pop-punk straight up (neat or on the rocks, either way) with no chaser. The band continues to pull no punches with one biting quip after another (“Shed,” “Society”), though those looking for uber-melodic moments full of catchy hooks and tight musicianship aren’t left out in the cold (“Flood of ’72,” “You Can’t Say Kingston Doesn’t Love You”). But haters keep the lid on your haterade, because yes, Title Fight can effectively slow things down (“Where Am I?”). Yeah, it may not be much, but they prove that they can play both sides of the fence, even though Shed mostly has one gear, one facilitated by keeping the pedal pressed firmly to the floor.
Shed is good, very good, and it’s time for you to take notice.