Title Fight - Spring Songs [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)

Title Fight

Title Fight: Spring Songs [7-inch]Spring Songs [7-inch] (2013)
Revelation Records

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Although their sound has grown less energetic, more dissonant and just weirder with each release, with Spring Songs it's evident that the 7-inch format suits Title Fight as well as it does any traditional hardcore band. Whether that's due to the format's inherent curtness, the band's increasing repe.
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Although their sound has grown less energetic, more dissonant and just weirder with each release, with Spring Songs it's evident that the 7-inch format suits Title Fight as well as it does any traditional hardcore band. Whether that's due to the format's inherent curtness, the band's increasing repetitiveness or some combination of the two is unclear, but these four songs skirt by with a few standout moments among a lot of well-worn ideas.

The fractured disposition and ornate rawness with which Title Fight compose and play their music had already devolved from a surprisingly compelling asset on Shed to something of a crutch on Floral Green, the latter of which had its moments – "Secret Society" is still a jam – but seemed to be zapped of energy through slower, uglier musicianship that, while deliberate, wasn't interesting enough to warrant its near-constant inclusion. Conversely, Spring Songs immediately sounds thicker, heavier and more urgent, with Ned Russin's bass playing a much larger role on "Blush" and his throaty yell sounding strong. It's about as pure a distillation of Title Fight's sound as fans can hope for, even if it has a certain been-there-done-that feel to it.

"Be a Toy," fronted by Jamie Rhoden, injects some welcome melody and an unexpected cleanness to the band's sound. It's still undisputedly Title Fight, but unlike a lot of their other material, it doesn't seem intent on beating listeners over the head with jaggedness. Rhoden's monotone vocal delivery is a nice complement, both to the layers of guitars on this song and to Russin's desperate cries on the songs he fronts.

On side B, the slowed tempo and openness of "Receiving Line" doesn't evolve into anything interesting, unless it's meant as a four-minute slow-build for closer "Hypnotize," a song featuring some strong guitar interplay from Rhoden and Shane Moran and a bevy of mood and tempo changes throughout its 2:26 running time without ever feeling too busy.

While Spring Songs is more of what Title Fight fans expect and love from the band, it's also a lot more of the same. While it was clear the band had something more interesting and perhaps thoughtful to say than their contemporaries on Shed, with Floral Green and now Spring Songs it seems as if they're running short on ideas.


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davebrave4 (June 26, 2014)

Y'all are nuts. This is much better than their last LP. I liked the review, but thought it was unexpectedly harsh at the end.

ak3punk (December 24, 2013)

Really enjoyable EP. It's a great listen from start to finish. I've enjoyed all their previous work, can't wait to hear what they do next.

mychoice (November 17, 2013)

They put out an EP that is sub par so they are now painfully repetitive? How? Shed and Floral Green sound nothing alike and are both miles away from their earlier songs. This band is responsible for sparking a huge influx of pop punks bands trying to replicate their style. They then stepped away from that and tried to incorporate different influences into their music.

This isn't an album, it's four songs. Even though it's not their best work, the fact that they are growing as a band they're bound to swing and miss from time to time. And for the record, I thought Floral Green was far from a dull record.

sovietspies (November 14, 2013)

It's about time someone came out and said that Title Fight is one of the most painfully repetitive bands in punk/hardcore right now.

aorta (November 13, 2013)

The reviewer is right to criticize this record for its blandness (particularly Side B), but Floral Green is an outstanding record. Spring Songs isn't bad, but I have to wonder if TF are getting too far away from their roots for their own good. While I love the sound they're going for, they can't forget that they're a pop punk band, essentially. It's that mix of the two that makes their sound interesting.

theonedownupstairs (November 12, 2013)

I had to check to see if any of the songs had already been released. Felt like I'd heard it all before.

Blackjaw_ (November 12, 2013)

I really dig it. The third song sounds like Glocca Morra or theRCSN.

kursk64 (November 12, 2013)

Not heard this, but I love Floral Green. Thought it was easily their best stuff yet when it came out.

anytime (November 12, 2013)

Really cool

renaldo69 (November 12, 2013)

Afer Shed and Floral Green, I expected more from this. I mean it is pretty solid but with TF, my expectations are disgustingly high.

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