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Title Fight/Touché Amoré/The Menzingers: live in New Yorklive in New York (2011)
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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The line wrapping around the block outside Santos Party House was staggering. Title Fight (along with Touché Amoré, the Menzingers and Dead End Path) had effectively sold out the 570-capacity club; even the venue seemed to be surprised by it, ill-equipped to handle their customers as it took them more than an hour to get everyone inside. Between that and some personal obstacles, I missed Dead End Path completely, and the Menzingers were 10 minutes into their set playing to a jubilant crowd when I finally managed to get in.
By chance, Santos Party House is Touché Amoré's go-to place to play when they come to Manhattan; they've played here before supporting Converge and Envy on separate tours. It's a pretty good spot for them, though; it keeps the frenzied crowd away from the pedals and guitars, and still gives everyone room to dive and borderline molest frontman Jeremy Bolm, who prounounced this their best New York show yet (it definitely seemed like their biggest response to date here, a common theme this night). In fact, the floor felt more packed out for Touché's set than it did for Title Fight's later on, strangely, with clustered push-mosh occurring (uh-oh...). The band themselves navigated deftly through a set comprised of songs from both full-lengths, with a deeper cut lifted (the softer "And I'll Deserve Just That") from last year's La Dispute split. Greg Barnett even hopped on to play the part of Geoff Rickly for "History Reshits Itself", which would be a particularly fitting song to play with gay marriage being passed in New York only a few hours later.
Set list (9:08-9:36):
With a great new full-length of material (their best effort yet) to mix into their set, Title Fight sets are way better than usual these days. They're also playing a little bit tighter, thankfully, compared to their routinely sloppy performances of yesteryear. Yeah, they still play with a scrappy rawness, but it's tempered now, and it lends well to the band's diverse takes on '90s emo, melodic hardcore and ragged pop-punk. They started things with the taut, moody chug of "No One Stays at the Top Forever", with its faster tempo acting as a nice bridge to the more open-ended, Hot Water Music-esque "Shed". From there, it was plenty of stage dives and kids getting on stage simply to accompany Jamie Rhoden and Ned Russin on select lyrics. The floor was much more open than during the night's prior sets, with the usual array of hardcore dancing prevalent at their shows for years now.
The band's no-frills approach was as stripped as ever; just before they concluded with fan favorite "Youreyeah", Russin stepped to the mic, snarled "Last song," and it was indeed the last we heard from them.
Set list (9:54-10:28):
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