Posted in music on November 30, 2012

by Andrew Sacher

Title Fight at Bowery Ballroom - 11/29/12 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Title Fight

Kingston, PA punks Title Fight came to NYC for a sold out Bowery Ballroom show last night (11/29), the second to last night of their tour with Pianos Become the Teeth, SIngle Mothers, and Tigers Jaw, which wraps up in Philly tonight. The band have done some branching out from the straight ahead punk of their early days on their new record, Floral Green, and that was immediately evident last night, having opened the show with the Hum-esque "Head in the Ceiling Fan." The results of that new album have been great -- they've gained new audiences and if you ask me, Floral Green is by far the best thing the band has done to date.

But new levels of success and a growth in sound haven't tainted the band's young punk spirit a bit. They put every ounce of blood in their body into last night's show and the crowd reciprocated. They churned out rockers like "Secret Society," "Frown," and "Leaf" to raised fists, shout-alongs, and flocks of people rushing the stage. And though I mentioned that I think the new songs are their best yet, when they played older cuts "Symmetry" and "27," the floor opened up and people went apeshit. Naysayers may argue that Title Fight just sound like Hot Water Music and Braid (and they do sound like those bands), but when your music is as genuine and emotionally charged as theirs, it's too hard to ignore.

Baltimore screamo band Pianos Become the Teeth delivered a solid set as usual too, but the openers that impressed me the most were Ontario's Single Mothers. The band have been getting a bit of hype lately for their recently released self titled EP, but despite that, they bashed around on stage without any sense of entitlement. Their frontman (who sounds like a mix of Craig Finn and A-B Life-era Aaron Weiss) kept encouraging the crowd to go as nuts as he and the rest of the band were on stage. And to back his abrasive/flamboyant charisma, the rest of the band packed a huge punch of Dischord/SST post-hardcore n' roll, not unlike another hot new band, METZ.

Videos of Title Fight, Single Mothers, and Pianos Become the Teeth's full sets at their California shows, (via Cavis Tapes) are below.


Title Fight at Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock in LA - 11/8/12 (full set)

Single Mothers at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA - 11/9/12 (full set)

Pianos Become the Teeth at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA - 11/9/12 (full set)



Comments (14)

Theyre not punk. Theyre pussy, garbage pop punk. Which is also why this band shouldnt be playing This is Hardcore every year. It's pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 3:32 PM

More punk than you amigo. They gave back by opening and putting up money to open a diy venue in their hometown. What did u do?

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 4:55 PM

@3:32 that's all well and good but I think what we really wanna know is ARE they in fact, pussies? and how did you put it, pathetic? also inquiring minds want to know.. how much can ya bench??

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 5:00 PM

^ LULZ "we"
Yeeeeah, no!
You don't speak for anyone, Ace. No soup 4 u.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 5:22 PM

3:32 here, I never claimed to be tough, but this band sucks. Always has, and the only reason they ever grew a fanbase is because they contain members from an even more generic band, Bad Seed. Once they grew from that, they got a slot on This is Hardcore every year because Philly is in love with them. "Keeping it DIY" isnt exactly unique, 4:55. There are tons of bands doing the same thing, and making much better music. I dont have to respect a band because they "give back".

Theyre a pop punk band for 15-year-olds. Enjoy sharing the floor with prepubescent girls, you losers.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2012 8:40 PM

^Shut your fucking mouth.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 2:12 PM

^F5ing loser....

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 3:30 PM

Just bad 'music'. No need to defend it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 4:25 PM


sounds like you need to gripe over some really wack shit. who the fuck cares about what you think of a band or anything at all. 10 bucks says you can't even hum "more than a feeling" or name the guy who penned that tune. your definition of hardcore is probably madball or terror. go play in traffic, no, go fuck yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 11:14 PM

5:00 / 2:12 / 11:14

Sounds like you are taking this very personally. It's really bothering you, clearly. Why is this so important to you?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2012 1:52 AM

Anonymously posting on comment sections is the punkest thing anyone can do.

What a loser.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 11:34 AM

lol at their banner. so not punk.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 11:48 AM

I swear, I'd hate to meet some of you people in the comment in real life. You must be really bitter and sad..
That being said Title Fight are pretty awesome guys and their show at Eagle Rock was pretty fun. I met a lot of nice people. Quit being cynical and just have some fun!

Posted by max | December 13, 2012 12:54 AM

title fight sin my favorite band.

Posted by catering winnipeg | July 2, 2013 4:21 PM

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