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Album Review: Title Fight – “Hyperview”

Will Yip was the man who charted Pianos Become The Teeth’s new course musically. From screamo and post-hardcore to melodic, soothing beauty. Here, he does the same for Title Fight, not as extreme, but definitely in great measure and thus, completing the transformation hinted at on records like Shed and his stamp-approved Floral Green. What this record signifies is Title Fight finally delves full-fledged into the more indie side of indie-punk with high doses of experimentation, shoegaze and dream-pop abound. The punk factor is very negligible and only time will tell how this minority factor leads them on.

“Murder Your Memory” and “Dizzy” are prime examples of this – hypnotic, dark, swirling with heavy basslines. The album’s melodic and charming and not as heavy/gruff as they may have alluded to in interviews. If you’re looking for the driving upbeat rhythms that gave them the brooding sound and fanbase of old, then you’re gonna have a tough time finding it here – although “New Vision” does try to establish this.

The swing to the old style never happens in full and it must be noted that this atmosphere allows them more room to breathe and expound in terms of lyrics. Jamie Rhoden has never been more contemplative and vulnerable on a record that rarely packs the backup vocals of old.

The wispy, lo-fi, distorted, reverb aura of the album offsets anything you new about Title Fight’s nature to make brash and in-your-face post-hardcore/punk. It feels like new territory. But it is engaging and an ethereal throwback for ’90s fans. Think Nai Harvest meets Basement. It’s an unconventional album that needs a few listens but it isn’t one to write them off yet. Still, I must admit – I wanted more of the old Title Fight.

3/5 Stars



Title Fight stream new album “Hyperview” in its entirety

Pennsylvania punks Title Fight are streaming their new album, Hyperview, in its entirety on NPR and you can check it out right here.

Hyperview is due out on February 3rd, 2015 via ANTI- Records. The album, along with several bundle packages, can be pre-ordered here.



Title Fight streaming new song “Your Pain is Mine Now”

Pennsylvania punks Title Fight are streaming a new song called “Your Pain is Mine Now.”

You can listen to it here.

“Hyperview” is due out on February 3rd 2015 via ANTI- Records. The album, along with several bundle packages, can be pre-ordered here.



Title Fight announce tour of UK and Europe with Milk Teeth

Pennsylvania punks Title Fight have announced a tour of the UK and Europe for Spring 2015. The tour, which includes support from Milk Teeth, surrounds their appearances at both Groezrock and Outbreak. Check out the full list of dates below and pick up tickets starting this Friday.

Title Fight’s new album, Hyperview, is due out on February 3rd 2015 via ANTI- Records. You can check out the first song, “Rose of Sharon,” right here.



Title Fight release music video for new song “Rose of Sharon”

Pennsylvania punks Title Fight have released the music video for their new song “Rose of Sharon” off their upcoming album “Hyperview.”

You can check it out below.

“Hyperview” is due out on February 3rd 2015 via ANTI- Records. The album, along with several bundle packages, can be pre-ordered here.



Full Set Video: Title Fight in Philadelphia

Pennsylvania punks Title Fight have uploaded a video of their performance at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA on 12/13/14.

Check it out below.

Title Fight previously released their Spring Songs EP on November 12, 2013 via Revelation Records. Their last full length, Floral Green was released on September 18, 2012 through SideOneDummy Records.



Title Fight announces headlining tour in March before La Dispute tour

Earlier today, we reported on La Dispute’s tour announcement with Title Fight and The Hotelier coming this March. Title Fight has also just announced a little headlining tour for themselves, just before they meet up with La Dispute.

The band will be releasing their forthcoming EP “Hyperview” in February through ANTI-Records, and will head out on the road to promote the work. The tour will begin in early March and lasts just under two weeks (mostly West Coast), then the boys will meet up with La Dispute (mostly East Coast).

You can head view a complete list of the La Dispute dates, and the Title Fight dates below.

La Dispute released their most recent album, “Rooms Of The House”, this past March on their own label, Better Living.



Title Fight announce new album “Hyperview,” premiere music video for “Chlorine”

Pennsylvania punks Title Fight have just announced details on their forthcoming album. The band will be releasing “Hyperview” on February 3rd 2015 via ANTI- Records. The album, along with several bundle packages, can be pre-ordered here.

In addition, the band has released the music video for “Chlorine” which can be viewed below. Title Fight previously released their Spring Songs EP on November 12, 2013 via Revelation Records. Their last full length, Floral Green was released on September 18, 2012 through SideOneDummy Records.



Circa Survive, Title Fight, and Pianos Become the Teeth announce fall tour

Circa Survive,  Title Fight, and Pianos Become the Teeth have announced that they will be embarking on a fall tour together.

Check out the dates below.

Title Fight recently signed to ANTI- Records and are working on a new album. The band last released the Spring Songs EP on November 12, 2013 via Revelation Records. Their last full length, Floral Green was released on September 18, 2012 through SideOneDummy Records. Pianos released “The Lack Long After” in 2011 via Topshelf Records.



Title Fight signs to ANTI- Records

Pennsylvania punks Title Fight have teamed up with ANTI- Records to handle the band’s upcoming release. The label is noted for having been home to a diverse range of acts such as Tom Waits, The Promise Ring, Wilco, Sage Francis, and One Day as a Lion. Here’s what Title Fight had to say about their new home:

“Our ability to choose our own path regardless of current or past status quos is a defining characteristic of Title Fight. We are humbled to be a part of the Anti- roster where we feel these qualities will be strengthened and supported.”

Title Fight is in the studio now recording all new material with producer Will Yip and details on the forthcoming album are to be announced. The band last released the Spring Songs EP on November 12, 2013 via Revelation Records. Their last full length, Floral Green was released on September 18, 2012 through SideOneDummy Records.



Billy Bragg posts video for “Handyman Blues”

Venerable punk icon Billy Bragg has posted a new video for his track “Handyman Blues.” The video features cameos from a number of British comedians, including Stewart Lee, Kevin Eldon, Phill Jupitus, Samuel West, Neil Morrissey, Ricky Grover, and Ross Noble.

Click here to check it out.

“Handyman Blues” comes from Bragg’s latest album, Tooth and Nail, which was released last March via Cooking Vinyl



Album Review: “Billy Bragg – Tooth & Nail”

One of the appealing things about Billy Bragg, outside of the rebel rousing, political lyrics or the catchy, well crafted songs, has always been that he’s just one guy. One guy with a guitar, something to say and a handful of songs. These days he rolls around with a handful of talented musicians backing him up, but they just fill out the sound, you strip them away, and it’s still just Billy and his guitar. Just like it was in the beginning, like it is on ‘Back To Basics.’ In fact the deluxe edition of his 2008 album ‘Mr. Love & Justice’ came with a second CD featuring all the same songs but without the backup band, just Billy and his distorted rhythm maker. It’s arguably better than the album proper.

Unfortunately, there’s no sign of a solo set with the new batch of tunes that make up ‘Tooth & Nail.’ Which is too bad, I was looking forward to the possibility when I heard the record announced.

The album opener ‘January Song’ does start off in a decidedly bare bones way though, with Billy singing just above a whisper and softly strumming a guitar. A tambourine can barely be heard in the back holding down the percussion duties.

‘No One Knows Nothing Anymore’ is a little more filled out, instrument-wise, and incorporates everything from slide guitar to honky tonk-y piano. There’s a deceptively lot going on in the song and it creates a beautiful wall of folky sound with rallying, protest lyrics (as usual) and a soft, chewy melody.

‘Handyman Blues’ is a love song and every Billy Bragg record has a handful of them. They’re nice, reflective, laidback amblers with an easy hook and a great deal of sincerity. Though, come to think of it, I can’t think of too many examples when Bragg didn’t sound sincere.

‘I Ain’t Got No Home’ is about the rapidity of the times and Bragg feeling left out of it all. Seeing things pass him by which look less and less familiar and perhaps finding comfort in retreating back into himself, into what he knows best and is most at ease with, a simple life.

A couple songs later, ‘Do Unto Others’ is a song about the bible and the wisdom in its teachings, delivered with Sunday School simplicity. It’s a nice sounding, slow song with some more of that slide guitar and piano Bragg seems to be especially fond of on this record. It’s also a little boring and would probably work best as a song for kids at church, which may have been Billy’s intention all along, I don’t know.

‘Over You’ picks up the slack though, delivering a catchy country toe tapper that would sound great over the end credits of an episode of ‘Justified.’

‘There Will Be A Reckoning’ is a great song with a punchier beat and lyrics that could’ve been lifted from 1987’s ‘Back To Basics’ record, while ‘Your Name On My Tongue’ features some gorgeous guitar work and wonderful interaction between guitar and piano, wrapping the notes of their tongues around each other in an impressive French kiss (I don’t know, I’m running out of ways to describe things, alright?)

‘Tomorrow’s Going To Be A Better Day’ is a nice way to end off a record, for reasons that the title of the song makes clear enough without my help.

Although every Billy Bragg record has had its soft spots since the very beginning, those songs have grown steadily more prominent on release of his that comes and goes. The punky, stripped down delivery and inventive distorted guitar work that defined his sound in the 80’s and at times even made him a dead ringer for Joe Strummer, has been replaced by a man and musician who, while I won’t go so far as to say is ‘wimping out,’ is at least shedding the more aggressive layers of the onion that is his sound. His lyrics are no less immediate or important to the things he feels passionate about and in many ways have actually changed very little in content or delivery over the years, they’re just delivered now with a softer touch. A caress rather than a slap, I guess.

‘Tooth & Nail’ is more a country record than a folk one. Something I think Billy wasn’t interested in leaving to interpretation considering the copious amounts of slide guitar and plinking and plunking ivory tickling. It’s not quite as good as ‘Mr. Love & Justice’ and I don’t know that anything he will do on his own will ever touch the stuff he did with Wilco, but current fans will eat it up and past ones will probably find some stuff to throw onto a playlist as well.

So does Billy Bragg even technically fall under the ‘folk punk’ banner these days? Technically, that is, musically, no, probably not. But in spirit, in message, in the hearts of many punks who have grown with him and never turned away, no matter the ever-growing ease of musical delivery, he will always be one of us. He just fits in nicely these days with those folk fest crowds as well. Hippies need a rally cry too.

4/5 Stars



Billy Bragg streams new album “Tooth and Nail”

Billy Bragg has launched a stream of his 2013 album which dropped today, “Tooth and Nail.”

This is his first release since his 2008 album, “Mr. Love and Justice.”

To stream “Tooth and Nail” in full, click here.



Video: Billy Bragg discusses upcoming album “Tooth And Nail”

Folk-punk icon Billy Bragg has released a video where he discusses his upcoming album “Tooth And Nail”. You can watch it here. The soundtrack is comprised of songs off the upcoming album.

“Tooth & Nail” is due March 18 via ANTI- Records, and will be Bragg’s tenth studio album.



Billy Bragg details “Tooth & Nail”, announces tour dates

Folk-punk icon Billy Bragg has officially detailed his upcoming tenth studio album, “Tooth & Nail.” To celebrate the announcement, Bragg has also unveiled his upcoming tour schedule. Check out the tracklist for “Tooth & Nail” and the towns Bragg will be visiting here.

“Tooth & Nail” is due March 18 via ANTI- Records, and will be Bragg’s tenth studio album.