Forming in 2003, it took the four-piece from Kingston, Pennsylvania a while to gain the recognition they sought; but after signing to SideOneDummy Records in 2011, relentless touring and festival appearances, they took the hardcore scene by storm. Back with their second full length release Floral Green, Title Fight prove why they’re at the top of their game in the American hardcore genre.
The album offers a sound much the same to the band’s previous release Shed, but the lack of change isn’t a bad thing. Title Fight make the sort of gritty yet emotional, heartfelt hardcore that very few bands seem to make nowadays and they’re sticking to what they do best.
Opening track Numb, But I Still Feel It introduces the record with ferocity and guts. There’s no Symmetry on this record, but similar-sounding Sympathy will give avid fans a new favourite to join in with at shows, desperately crying, “Never wanted sympathy, just wanted to be something.” It’s not surprising Title Fight got so popular so quickly with lyrics that so many can relate to. Head In The Ceiling Fan, recently released as a free download on Tumblr, showcases a softer, post-hardcore sound, dividing the album in two with its slower, sombre tone.
Title Fight’s fan base is constantly growing as they sound great on record and even better at their live shows. The years of hard work have paid off and Floral Green showcases the guys from Kingston as one of the most underrated bands around. Even the album art is awesome so, come September, make sure you check it out and you won’t be disappointed.
Standout tracks: Make You Cry, Calloused, Head In The Ceiling Fan
For fans of: Basement, Balance and Composure, The Xcerts
Written by: Kathryn Black