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Title Fight / Pianos Become the Teeth: live in Bostonlive in Boston (2012)
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: InaGreendaseInaGreendase
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Alan Day of Four Year Strong was tapped as the local opener for this stop of Title Fight's ongoing tour, which was beginning to come to an end as it rolled into Boston on this chilly night where faint snowflakes fell onto the streets outside the Royale Boston Nightclub (having been moved from the pe.
Alan Day of Four Year Strong was tapped as the local opener for this stop of Title Fight's ongoing tour, which was beginning to come to an end as it rolled into Boston on this chilly night where faint snowflakes fell onto the streets outside the Royale Boston Nightclub (having been moved from the perpetually delayed Sinclair venue). He performed some acoustic songs under the Here and Now moniker. While the styles decidedly differ between Day solo (simple, rough-hewn acoustic cuts) and his day gig (burly, vaguely punky hard rock), one's appreciation of this side project may or may not depend on enjoying the other, because it unfortunately came off as little more than introductory background music for this gig.
When Title Fight rang out the opening strums to "Head in the Ceiling Fan," a space cleared out on the floor and the endless parade of stage-dives began immediately. Throwing your own body off an elevated platform during a slow-moving, Hum-ish, shoegazey opener? Only at a Title Fight show.
From there, it was gold. The band segued perfectly from "Fan" into the rolling drums of "Numb, But I Still Feel It," the opener to their recent, excellent effort, Floral Green, and any sound issues that had plagued the openers had been figured out in time for the headliner. The band was as loose and energetic as they've always been, with a pinch more tightness in their delivery as they've become seasoned punk performers. It took a second for them to warm up to the chosen song at times–a verse to capture the sour playfulness of "Calloused," for instance–but it was rare.
After "Solitude," vocalist/bassist Ned Russin expressed his gratitude for how the Boston hardcore scene has inspired him (namely bands like In My Eyes, Bane and Have Heart). Then he said simply, "We wrote this when we were little kids" (or maybe it was "very young"), before the band blasted into the only three-year-old "Symmetry." While that doesn't seem like that much time on paper, comparing the growth between Title Fight's spurt to a gruffer, emotional punk sound from their previous, poppy melodic hardcore incarnation and now to a noisy, punky, sometimes shoegazey, alternative/indie rock powerhouse does show how much the band have truly grown up–both live and especially on record.
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