Entries tagged with: Title Fight
photo: Pianos Become the Teeth at Webster Hall last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Title Fight and Pianos Become the Teeth are both forward-thinking post-hardcore bands who share a big portion of each other's fanbases, toured together as recently as last year, and are sort of labelmates (PBTT is on Epitaph and TF is on Epitaph's sister label ANTI-). As 2015 comes to a close, both bands have given us lists of their favorite albums of the year.
Title Fight's is from bassist/vocalist Ned Russin, and it's pretty unique. It has their recent tourmate Alex G's album Beach Music, a live on KXLU set from hardcore band Fury (whose EP was on Ned's list last year), a Kelefa Sanneh article from The New Yorker, and more.
PBTT's list is from the whole band (except drummer David Haik, who didn't contribute), with each member offering up two choices and writing some commentary too.
by Andrew Sacher
Title Fight's Ned Russin knows his hardcore, and even as the band gets more atmospheric and more popular, they still find ways to stick those roots. For one, they're headlining a hardcore fest in Canada this October, and also Ned just launched a new hardcore label, Xpressions Records. His first signing is a raw SoCal band called Response, who will release their debut 7", There's No Choice, on the label soon. They just dropped its lead single "Guilty," a full-throttle attack that's over and done with in 60 seconds. Listen below.
by Andrew Sacher
"Pop punk" was once widely considered a dirty term in most indie rock circles, but over the past few years it's been sneaking into indie rock vernacular. We use it here on BV a lot. Pitchfork has used it when talking about anyone from Cloud Nothings to Upset to Joyce Manor. Stereogum has used it for The Sidekicks, Chumped, and Cayetana. NPR for Wavves, Title Fight and Waxahatchee. The list goes on.
It's easy to see what made "pop punk" such a turnoff as it became progressively more mainstream in the '90s and early '00s. "Punk" is a genre with a code of ethics that punk fans feel should be kept sacred, and "pop" is basically the antithesis of those ethics. So "pop punk" is theoretically the worst thing that could ever happen to punk. Indie rock fans adhere to similar ethics, so when "What's My Age Again?" hit TRL, it's no surprise that Sebadoh fans weren't gluing their eyes to their TVs.
But for a younger generation, some combination of Green Day, The Offspring, Rancid, blink-182 and New Found Glory (or all of the above) was a foundational listening experience, and an entry point into alternative music. Those bands may have made punk more mainstream, but they were also gateways to older and more universally canonized artists. blink-182 directly led to Descendents, Dinosaur Jr and Drive Like Jehu; Green Day to Husker Du; Rancid to Roger Miret and Sham 69; New Found Glory to Lifetime and Gorilla Biscuits; and so on. The people who grew up on those bands are becoming today's indie rock musicians, fans, and critics, so it makes sense that the sounds of pop punk are making their way into indie rock. Not to mention Best Coast, who started as a lo-fi band on Mexican Summer, went on to cover blink-182, collaborate with New Found Glory, and tour with Green Day.
photo: Best Coast opening for Green Day in 2013 (more by Dana Distortion)
Right now, the amount of bands blurring the lines between indie rock and pop punk is pretty astounding. We saw pop punk's influence sneak into indie rock on a handful of our favorite records of last year, and this year we have great records from Colleen Green, Bully, Superheaven, Turnover, All Dogs, Radioactivity, Royal Headache, Titus Andronicus, Worriers, Hop Along and Adventures that all fit the description.
Even with this huge influx of indie rock bands taking influence from pop punk, it's not hard to see why there's still resistance against the "pop punk" tag. The kind of over-produced pop punk that critics cringed at in the early 2000s is still very popular. All Time Low's new album debuted at #2 on Billboard this year and there's nothing "punk" about this. 5 Seconds of Summer may be the biggest band in the world right now that anyone is calling "pop punk," but they also share management with One Direction, have toured with them, and are closer in sound to 1D than to any band who ever signed a contract with Fat Wreck Chords. If 5SOS can be called pop punk, or apparently anyone who plays Warped Tour -- like Front Porch Step, who in addition to his questionable actions, makes cringe-worthy music that has nothing to do with pop punk -- it's understandable why some people want to avoid the term.
There's also a group of bands who frequently play Warped Tour and not only warrant being called pop punk, but pride themselves on it: bands like Man Overboard, The Story So Far, Four Year Strong, Neck Deep and State Champs. Their approach is basically to take the moment pop punk took over the world and recreate it. (The Drive-Thru Records catalog is a big influence here.) They're not shy about their style -- Man Overboard make shirts that say "Defend Pop Punk" and Neck Deep make ones that say "Generic Pop Punk." They don't seem to be after hugely mainstream success and tend to build their fanbases like punk bands do, but to our ears they're usually unoriginal at best and still kinda cheesy at worst.
If you have any place in your heart for early 2000s-era mainstream pop punk though (and if you've read this far, you probably do), there's one band I think is doing a hell of a lot of justice to it: The Wonder Years. Unlike the bands bringing pop punk's influence into indie rock, The Wonder Years are making the kind of pop punk that is in fact pop music, but they also happen to make really fucking good pop music. It's becoming more prevalent for critics and "serious music fans" to discuss great pop music, and this is a good thing because great music can truly come from anywhere. The recent Beyonce and Justin Timberlake albums were steps forward for music in general, whether or not you normally listen to the radio. A lot of fans and critics noted that, but for whatever reason there's still a stigma when it comes to pop punk. You're more likely to see certain critics champion Fifth Harmony, a new teen-pop group formed by Simon Cowell on The X Factor, than even mention the latest Bad Religion or Rancid albums. It's a stigma that hopefully disappears, because The Wonder Years don't deserve to be ignored by any serious music fan.
photo: The Wonder Years at House of Vans in 2011 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
The Wonder Years started out as more of a generic pop punk band, and while in hindsight I respect the people who knew they were great from day one (or at least since their 2010 breakthrough The Upsides), they didn't really catch my ear until 2011's Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing. And it didn't really click until 2013's The Greatest Generation, which might be the greatest true-blue radio-ready pop punk record since Enema of the State. It probably owes more to New Found Glory and The Starting Line than it does to blink-182, but even if those bands have proved to be more influential, they never had this level of songwriting or maturity. Even on New Found Glory's "mature" album, they couldn't escape writing songs about girls who "smell like angels ought to smell." The Greatest Generation grapples with hitting your mid-to-late '20s, seeing your friends and cousins getting married and transitioning into adulthood, and thinking "did I fuck up?" When they do sound like they're singing about high school crushes ("I hadn't felt a heartbreak until now") you quickly realize they're singing about the death of a friend.
It's close to an absolute perfection of its form, and it's hard to say just yet if they've topped it, though they've undoubtedly made another artistic leap on the new No Closer to Heaven. It's the band's most overwhelmingly emotional album yet, and the most musically diverse too. In 45 minutes it touches on double-time pop punk, slower atmospheric songs, heavy rock riffs, and an acoustic song to close things out. It's the kind of record that might piss off some old fans and cause them to say The Wonder Years "aren't pop punk anymore," but it might win over a bunch of new fans in the process. It's pop punk's Sunbather. The thing is though, unlike say Title Fight's trek into atmospheric rock, this is a pop punk album. It pushes the boundaries of the genre about as far as they can go without losing the type of thrill you specifically get from this style of music. Really it shouldn't piss off old fans because it manages to retain the sound they've always had while clearly pushing it forward.
It makes me think a lot of Brand New's The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. It doesn't sound like Devil and God, but that was the moment Brand New made a devastating, cathartic album that defied its genre without abandoning it, and that's what TWY do here. They're also similar to Brand New in that each record is a shift from the last, and that people (rightfully) worship these guys. To compare it to an album it does sound like, it's actually a little like The Hotelier's last one, and that may be the most acclaimed album the entire emo revival has given us. But it feels a little unfair to compare those two, because The Hotelier are a young (yet fully-formed) band and No Closer to Heaven is clearly the work of seasoned songwriters.
The Wonder Years are more dynamically diverse here than ever. They know just when to switch from a chorus turned up to 11 to a bridge of clean guitar arpeggios and back again. They know which lyric needs a three-part harmony, which needs frontman Dan "Soupy" Campbell to sing gently and which needs him at the top of his lungs. At least half the songs completely avoid the standard verse-chorus-verse. Recurring lyrics and themes throughout an album aren't new ground for The Wonder Years, but No Closer to Heaven might be the closest they've come to a true concept album. Death, if it wasn't obvious, is that concept here. The lyric we hear over and over is "We're no saviors if we can't save our brothers," and that's only one of the instantly-quotable lines packed into this thing. There's a harsh reality to Soupy's lyrics this time around, and when he brings his voice to a shout it feels more like a reflex than an artistic decision.
Like the last record, his melodies are familiar without being predictable. Thanks in part to the fact that almost every member can sing, they've mastered the kind of multi-part harmonies and overlapping vocals that most of their peers aren't even attempting. (My only complaint about the new album is the guest vocals from the singer of letlive. who come too close to a maligned genre I won't defend, nu-metal.) The production is once again shining with gloss, but nothing sounds artificial -- unlike many of their peers, the band and longtime producer Steve Evetts (who has helmed other pop punk classics like Jersey's Best Dancers and Through Being Cool) have long discussed avoiding auto-tune and sample replacing. The interplay between the band's three guitarists also make this far more detailed than punk's "learn three power chords, form a band" mentality. But The Wonder Years do stay true to the latter half of the phrase "pop punk," and if you've seen them live you know this. They typically fill big rooms these days, but they still play like they came out swinging from a South Philly basement. They might not win over a snobby punk purist, but for the genre-hopping listener who finds emotional depth and musical ambition in both the new Drake and the new Sufjan Stevens, you may find it in the new Wonder Years too.
photo: You Blew It! at Riis Park Beach Bazaar - August, 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
No Closer to Heaven is out today via Hopeless (order yours) and you can stream the whole thing via Rdio, below.
They'll be on tour this year with another unique pop punk band, Motion City Soundtrack, emo revival darlings You Blew It!, and State Champs. That tour hits NYC for two Webster Hall shows in October, but first TWY play an acoustic in-store at Rough Trade on Wednesday (9/9).
Via press release...
FYF Fest's 12th year kicks off this Saturday at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena & Exposition Park. Kanye West will now headline Saturday night's Main Stage. Frank Ocean has decided on his own terms to cancel his appearance.Tickets are still available, and this lineup tweak may have upped their demand just a bit. Check out the full schedule.
With a lineup that already includes Morrissey, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, FKA Twigs, Chet Faker, Flume, Belle & Sebastian and more, FYF Fest is excited to have Kanye West play this weekend in his newly adopted home of Los Angeles.
by Andrew Sacher
Alex G at 50 Kent earlier this month (photo via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Lo-fi indie rocker Alex G will release Beach Music, his first album for Domino, on October 9. First single "Bug" has just a little more studio work than his previous releases, but it's otherwise very much up that same alley. Check it out, with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
Alex and TF don't play NYC together, but Alex plays a record release show here on October 8 at Baby's All Right with Porches frontman Ronald Paris and Forth Wanderers. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/14) at 10 AM.
He also has shows with Girlpool and Spencer Radcliffe coming up. All dates are listed below...
Not to be confused with California's inaugural it's Not Dead Fest, Toronto's annual Not Dead Yet fest returns in 2015 from October 22-25. This year's initial lineup includes Title Fight, Power Trip, Red Death, Alex G, Boston Strangler, Night Birds, No Tolerance, Rixe, Vanity, Foundation, Una Bestia Incontrollable and more. Tickets will be on sale soon.
Also on the lineup is Nervosas, past tourmates and Ohio neighbors of Vacation. Their new self-titled LP is out now on Dirtnap, which has released likeminded garage punk from The Marked Men, Radioactivity, Mind Spiders, Sonic Avenues and more. If you dig those bands, you'll probably dig this too.
Stream the album, with the full initial Not Dead Yet lineup, below...
Gainesville punk bonanza The Fest has added more bands to its 2015 lineup. There's reunited hardcore legends Government Issue (who also play NYC this month), party animal Andrew WK, Ramonesy punks Mean Jeans, Gainesville vets Radon, one of Mikey Erg's many bands Hatrabbits, a solo set from KJ of Chixdiggit, emo revivalists Football etc, and more.
The lineup also includes a lineup of late '90s/early '00s Florida punks The Beltones, who played a few other reunion shows this current decade like Punk Rock Bowling 2012. To quote a 5-star Punk News review of their second and final album, 2001's Cheap Trinkets:
The Beltones possess a wide variety of influences-from rockabilly to the Pogues-and the convergance of such varying styles while maintaining a strong punk feel is no easy task. But the Beltones do it really well, and such talent recalls the brillaince of a band like the Swingin' Utters. Another reason this band stands apart from the rest is the emotional depth of the songs. I'm not going to make absurd comparisons by calling the lyrics Dickinsonian or whatever, but singer Bill McFadden is a pretty adept song writer. His lyrics of alienation, pain, lost hope are a refreshing substitute to the "beer guzzling because my girl left me so I'm gonna go to the pub and get in a fight with my bros backing me up" b.s. that is so prevalent in punk today.Stream Cheap Trinkets, and check out the full list of Fest additions and updated lineup, below...
New Orleans music festival Voodoo Music Experience returns this year Halloween weekend from October 30 - November 1. The lineup includes Ozzy Osbourne ft. Geezer Butler, Tom Morello & Slash, Jane's Addiction, Modest Mouse, Giorgio Moroder, Chance the Rapper, Florence + the Machine, Babes In Toyland, Jack U (aka Diplo & Skrillex), Gerard Way, Joey Bada$$ & the Soul Rebels, Clutch, The Cult, Fishbone, Title Fight, Duke Dumont, Santigold, Frank Turner, Girl Talk, Hundred Waters, Deadmau5, Third Eye Blind and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full day-by-day lineup below...
Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.
Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.
The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.
photo: Title Fight at SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Gainesville punk festival The Fest returns for its 14th year from October 30 - November 1, and today they added a bunch of more bands to their lineup. Additions include Title Fight, Modern Life Is War, another reunion show from The Progress, Into It Over It, Pet Symmetry, As Friends Rust, Pianos Become the Teeth, Smoke Or Fire (playing Above the City), Bigwig, Loma Prieta, TWIABP, Cayetana, Superheaven, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Told Slant, War On Women, Pujol and many more. Full list of additions below.
The newly-added bands join Desaparecidos, The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, The Jazz June, Beach Slang, Iron Reagan, Modern Baseball, Lagwagon and many more.
Tickets go on sale June 1. Lineup additions below...
LA's annual FYF Fest returns August 22 & 23, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Morrissey, The Jesus & Mary Chain, D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Bloc Party, Run the Jewels, Deerhunter, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized, Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Joyce Manor, Title Fight, METZ, Cold Cave, Melody's Echo Chamber, Battles, Neon Indian, Alvvays, La Femme, Mikal Cronin, Hop Along and more.
Tickets go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
photo: H2O at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
H2O already have four hometown NYC shows coming up in celebration of their 20th anniversary (all sold out), and they since announced that they'll be touring after that with Cruel Hand.
The tour includes another show just outside of NYC at Long Island's Revolution Bar on June 26. That show also includes '80s-era NYHC vets Breakdown, as well as Criminal Instinct, Friend or Foe and High Card. Tickets are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.
H2O singer Toby Morse recently contributed to the new album by his friends Agnostic Front, The American Dream Died, which is out now on Nuclear Blast. We also just interviewed Agnostic Frontman frontman Roger Miret over at Invisible Oranges. Here's an excerpt from IO writer Rhys Williams' interview:
When you're a teenager, you are often quick to fly off the handle, but the more you learn, the better a perspective you have about the world. You mentioned often being controversial: do you feel that the Agnostic Front aesthetic has changed from 1981 to the new record? Back in the '80s you had a lot of songs written about the American skinhead scene, then kind of moved into a punk look, then into the old school hardcore look. Has the look and aesthetic of the band changed and do you feel that, if it has, it has been a logical progression?Read the rest here. There's also an ongoing Kickstarter campaign for a new Agnostic Front documentary called The Godfathers of Hardcore. The goal is already met, but you can still donate to receive the various rewards, including a signed, hand-numbered DVD of the documentary, a haircut from Agnostic Front bassist Mike Gallo, and more.
Personally I don't think we ever put ourselves with a particular scene. I think Agnostic Front, from the very beginning, has always talked about A. unity and bringing scenes together and B. overcoming oppression. People just put us in different categories. If you ask me about Victim in Pain, it's a punk record. People say "it's a hardcore record," or whatever they wanna say, but that's a Grade A punk record, you know? People are quick to judge books by their covers. The bottom line is: we love living in this country, this is a beautiful country, but we've always questioned authority and the oppression of society and our government. And that's where you may get some of the different things going about controversy or or scenes, or people saying "oh, they're Pro-American" or whatever. Whatever people think about us, if anything we're more American than a lot of people because we truly fight for liberty and justice. People are quick to throw us into different categories, but the one category we will always stay strong to is New York punk and hardcore. And the great thing about a lot of these different movements colliding with each other is that without them we wouldn't have had the great movements that made us possible, like crossover or hardcore. People are quick to point fingers, but the truth is we're just a real American band that want to fight and overcome oppression by any means necessary. We can't change the world, but we understand that we can make a difference, and that's what we're trying to do.
Noisey also recently launched their new 'Under the Influence' documentary series with a 25+ minute installment on New York Hardcore. The doc features interviews with Agnostic Front, Youth of Today, Incendiary, Cro-Mags, Texas is the Reason and more, and Rancid's Tim Armstrong narrates. Towards the end, Title Fight talks about Walter Schreifels, followed by a scene with Walter playing TF's "Secret Society" on piano. You can watch that below too.
List of H2O tour dates and the NYHC videos below...
Portland, Oregon's MusicfestNW takes place at the city's Tom McCall Waterfront Park on August 21-23 and the festival has now announced this year's lineup. The 15th edition of the festival features appearances from Modest Mouse, Beirut, The Tallest Man on Earth, Belle and Sebastian, Danny Brown, Battles, Title Fight, Lady Lamb and many more. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (4/24) at 1o AM Pacific (1 PM EDT), with early bird 3-day passes going for $105 and single-day early birds starting at $35.
Check out the lineup in full below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Title Fight at SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The UK's Basement recently announced a tour, including NYC's Irving Plaza on 8/17. While no other bands have been announced for most shows, it was revealed that Title Fight will also play the NJ show happening August 15 at Starland Ballroom. Tickets for that great double bill go on sale Friday (4/10) at 10 AM. Tickets for NYC are on sale now.
The NJ show is a few days after both Title Fight and Basement play Atlanta's Wrecking Ball fest. TF are touring Europe soon too. All dates are listed below.
In semi-related news, Superheaven -- who have recently played shows with both Basement and Title Fight, have releases on Run For Cover like both of those bands, and are also playing Wrecking Ball -- recently put out the second single from their upcoming album, Ours Is Chrome, due May 4 via SideOneDummy. It's called "Next To Nothing," and if you liked the punk/shoegaze blend of Title Fight's new album but wished it had more Smashing Pumpkins riffs, this song is for you. Watch the video below.
Superheaven have an upcoming BrooklynVegan-presented tour with Diamond Youth and Rozwell Kid, which hits NYC on May 15 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Soda Bomb is on that show too. Tickets are still available.
Lists of dates, and the new Superheaven video, below...
Atlanta venue The Masquerade celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with the inaugural Wrecking Ball Festival. The lineup was just announced and its loaded with punk and punk-related bands from several generations, including Descendents, Judge, Desaparecidos, The Get Up Kids, The Movielife, Title Fight, Modern Life Is War, American Nightmare, Samiam, Braid, The Appleseed Cast, Knapsack, Thrice, Glassjaw, Blacklisted, Small Brown Bike, Cave In, The Lawrence Arms, Pianos Become The Teeth, Yuck, Beach Slang, Girlpool, Frankie Cosmos and so many more. Check out the rest of this amazing lineup below.
The fest happens August 8-9, and there's also a Karaoke pre-party on August 7 with reg Hetson of Bad Religion, Derek O'Brien of Social Distortion and The Adolescents, Eric Melvin of NOFX, and Stan Lee and Edward Tater of the Dickies. Festival tickets and pre-party tickets go on sale Monday, April 6 at 10 AM.
Full lineup below...
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
La Dispute / Title Fight
The ongoing La Dispute / Title Fight / The Hotelier tour rolled through NYC over the weekend for a show at Webster Hall on Friday night (3/27). The show had sold out months in advance, and it was already almost fully packed by The Hotelier's advertised set time of 7:30 (they ended up going on a little earlier). When The Hotelier headline, it's usually at much smaller venues, but even as the first of three bands on this bill they had a ton of the crowd singing along. It's pretty amazing to see how well they handled the big room, considering exactly a year ago they were in NYC playing what's technically someone's apartment.
Title Fight were up next, and as anyone who's been following them for a while knows, they were supporting their least heavy album yet, Hyperview. The change in sound appears to be alienating some old fans, though that's bound to happen almost any time a band changes it up this much. But every Title Fight album has sounded different anyway, and the show further helped prove that their progression on Hyperview is more natural than it may seem. Something like "Your Pain Is Mine Now" from that album might sound like an entirely different band than the one who wrote "Symmetry" from their 2009 EP (the only old song they played). But in a set with songs like "Lefty" and "Head in the Ceiling Fan" from 2012's Floral Green, it fit right in. And the Title Fight of 2015 is very good at merging their various styles at their shows. At points like "Shed" into "Chlorine" or "Numb, But I Still Feel It" into "Mrahc," Title Fight's transitions were seamless.
La Dispute wrapped up the night, and though it was billed as a co-headlining show with Title Fight, it seemed like an overwhelming majority of the crowd was there for La Dispute. It wasn't that long ago that it was normal to see La Dispute in NYC at a place like Acheron or The Studio at Webster Hall, but now it seems like these guys are on their way to something more like Terminal 5. Of all the times I've seen them, I've never seen their crowd the way it was on Friday night. They opened with "King Park," the 7-minute epic that tells the story of a drive-by shooting that killed an innocent child, which on previous tours would close their sets. But as an opener, it was maybe even more intense. The minute those opening guitars came in, something like 80% of that crowd rushed the stage in excitement. If you weren't intentionally doing that too, your body pretty much didn't have a choice.
That level of crowd energy rarely lowered throughout the night, and La Dispute delivered a set that deserved it. Like Title Fight, La Dispute have been progressing from album to album, and this show only included one song from their debut: the 12-minute "The Last Lost Continent" which they encored with. Even at their last NYC show in April 2014, I probably would've been bummed if we didn't at least get "Said the King to the River," but 7-year-old favorites didn't feel necessary to make this show great. This set of almost entirely newer material was the best I've seen of theirs yet.
The show was also their first in NYC since the departure of original guitarist Kevin Whittemore, and while Kevin was missed, his replacement fit in with the band perfectly. More pictures of all three bands, plus La Dispute and Title Fight's setlists, below...
photo: Pianos Become the Teeth at Webster Studio in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Pianos Become the Teeth went on a short headlining tour last year in support of their great 2014 album Keep You, and they've now announced a much longer one. Like last time, this one will include support from Gates, as well as hardcore rippers Loma Prieta.
Pianos also play two nearby festivals: Long Island's Spring Mixtape Fest on 3/28 with Title Fight, Defeater and more (tickets); and Asbury Park's Skate & Surf on 5/16 & 17 with Cloud Nothings, American Nightmare, Beach Slang and many more (tickets).
In addition to those, they also play SXSW and two other fests. Before Skate & Surf they play Cleveland's Spring Fling Festival (5/15) with The Movielife, mewithoutYou, Defeater, Iron Chic, Loma Prieta and more. Tickets are on sale. Full lineup below.
And a few days after Skate & Surf they play Michigan's Bled Fest (5/23) with Touche Amore, Modern Life Is War, The Early November, Modern Baseball, Small Brown Bike, Restorations and more. Tickets are on sale. Full lineup below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Vincent Rizzotti
Long Island fuzz punks Soda Bomb have a new LP on the way titled Wanna Jam? due out April 7 via Derrick from TWIABP's label Broken World Media. We've got the premiere of the video for "Brainbuster" (shot & edited by Colin Bonilla), a catchy blast of slacker/stoner lo-fi that fans of Wavves should definitely check out. Watch, and see the album artwork and tracklist, below.
Soda Bomb have a handful of shows in their hometown area coming up too. The first is a free show this weekend at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday (2/27) with Have Mercy, Banquets, Republic of Wolves and Heeney.
They're back in Brooklyn on April 3 at Aviv with Vulture Shit, Show Me The Body, Flagland, Death Vacation, Nonsense and Huffers.
And finally, heading to Connecticut for the unfortunately sold-out Broken World Fest with label heads The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), I Kill Giants (reunion), Glocca Morra, Joie De Vivre, John Galm (ex-Snowing, Street Smart Cyclist, Slow Warm Death), Told Slant and more.
In the midst of all that, they'll be heading out on a tour with Mumblr which includes a TBA Brooklyn date on April 24. Full dates/cities schedule for that tour, with the new video and album info, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Title Fight have already released three songs from their upcoming third album and first for ANTI-, Hyperview, and now they've made the whole thing available for streaming ahead of its February 3 release date. As you probably figured out by now if you've listened to the singles, Hyperview has the ever-changing punk band going full-on shoegaze. It wasn't a totally unexpected move -- "Head in the Ceiling Fan" off 2012's Floral Green explored the style most directly and it's there a bit in the guitars of "Lefty," "Numb But I Still Feel It" and "In-Between," not to mention Title Fight's never made the same record twice.
And the new sound suits them well. Songs like "Dizzy," "Your Pain Is Mine Now" and "Liars Love" are on par with any good shoegazey indie rock band of late, and if you want that old Title Fight, it does pop up on a few songs ("Mrahc" is probably the best of these). The whole record's great. Listen on NPR.
Title Fight will be on tour soon, including a run with La Dispute and The Hotelier that hits NYC on March 27 at Webster Hall (sold out). They also play a Long Island fest the next day with Pianos Become the Teeth, Defeater and more, which is not sold out.
Streams of the album's three singles and updated list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Susy Cereijo
punks shoegazers Title Fight have unleashed a third track from their upcoming album Hyperview, which drops February 3 via ANTI-. Following "Chlorine" and "Rose of Sharon," new single "Your Pain Is Mine Now" is the lightest song from the new album we've heard so far. "Chlorine" had some Sonic Youth noise and "Rose of Sharon" retained their punk roots more than most of the new stuff, but this is swirling clean guitars and pillowy dream pop all the way. Listen, via Vogue, below.
Title Fight's tour with La Dispute and The Hotelier hits NYC on March 27 at Webster Hall, which has since sold out.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Title Fight at Best Buy Theater in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Title Fight already gave us "Chlorine" from their upcoming album, Hyperview (due 2/3 via ANTI-), and they're now back with the video for its brand new second single, "Rose of Sharon" (dir. Hannah Roman, starring Kieran Sherry). Like "Chlorine," the new song has the Kingston, PA punks moving significantly further into straight up shoegaze, though their roots do show a bit more on this one. Title Fight have never made the same album twice, so this shouldn't feel too drastic of a shift for old fans, and here's to hoping it brings aboard some new ones. Check it out below (via Pitchfork).
As discussed, TF are going on a co-headlining tour with La Dispute and support from The Hotelier, and that amazing triple bill hits NYC on March 27 at Webster Hall (tickets). As we found out today, Make Do And Mend are playing the basement of that same venue that day.
They also have another amazing triple-billed tour with Merchandise and Power Trip before that, which doesn't come to the East Coast. All dates are listed, with the new video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pianos Become the Teeth at Webster Studio in October (more by Mimi Hong)
Title Fight already have an awesomely billed tour with La Dispute and The Hotelier coming up that hits NYC on 3/27 at Webster Hall (tickets), and they've since added another appearance happening in the NYC-area that same weekend. They headline Long Island's Spring Mixtape Fest on Saturday, March 28 at Revolution which includes a stacked lineup of Bane, Pianos Become the Teeth, Defeater, Superheaven, Capital, Give, High Card and Soda Bomb. Tickets for that are on sale now. Show flyer and updated list of TF dates below.
That's not the only upcoming bill Pianos Become the Teeth and Superheaven share. They also team up with Diamond Youth (Topshelf) and Black Clouds (Geoff Rickly's label) later this month in Baltimore for what will be Pianos' first hometown show in over a year and a half. All Pianos dates are listed below.
Pianos Become the Teeth also gave us a list of their favorite records of 2014 (Title Fight recently told us theirs). It's a diverse list, ranging from metal vets At the Gates to EDM producer Porter Robinson to Sun Kil Moon. Check out their whole list, with commentary, and those lists of dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
La Dispute at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Title Fight at Best Buy Theater in November (more by Mimi Hong)
Two of best current bands in post-hardcore have announced a tour together for 2015: La Dispute, who put out the excellent Rooms of the House this year, and Title Fight, who recently put out the shoegazey single off their upcoming 2015 LP Hyperview. If that wasn't enough, The Hotelier are opening which makes for a pretty awesome triple bill. The tour hits NYC on March 27 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/12).
Ahead of this tour, TF is going on a run (which unfortunately doesn't hit the east coast) with two other great bands, Merchandise and Power Trip. All dates are listed, with videos from TF, LD and The Hotelier, below...
Title Fight at Best Buy Theater in November (more by Mimi Hong)
As discussed, Title Fight are releasing their new album, Hyperview, on February 3 via ANTI- and recently put out its first single, "Chlorine," which sees them diving further into shoegaze than ever before. If you've still yet to hear that one, you can listen below.
They've also been on a tour with Circa Survive and Pianos Become the Teeth. We posted pictures of the NYC stop (which didn't have PBTT, who played their own NYC show not long before), and now you can check out a full-set high-quality video of the LA show (11/29). They haven't been playing any of the new album on this tour, instead relying mostly on 2012's Floral Green as well as a few earlier cuts and one off their 2013 EP. Watch that video, with the setlist from LA, below.
Title Fight's Ned Russin has also given us a list of his ten favorite albums of 2014, which includes the heavy (Cold World, Raspberry Bulbs), the post-punk (Merchandise), the indie folk (Saintseneca) and more. Check out the full list below.
by Andrew Sacher
Title Fight at Best Buy Theater in November (more by Mimi Hong)
Earlier this year, Title Fight announced that they signed to ANTI- for their upcoming third album (fourth if you count The Last Thing You Forget as an album), which Will Yip is producing. It's now been officially announced that the album is called Hyperview, due out on February 3, and the first single "Chlorine" is out. So far every Title Fight album has been a progression from the last, and from the sounds of "Chlorine," Hyperview will be no different. It dives deeper into the heavy shoegaze TF experimented with on Floral Green and the Spring Songs EP, and it ends in a Sonic Youth-style noise jam which is entirely new territory for the band. Check out the Jonny Look-directed video for the song (via FADER), along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
The band have also been on a tour with Circa Survive (which we caught in NYC last month) and that's got about two weeks left, with Pianos Become the Teeth on the bill as well. All remaining dates are listed below...