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The Fight - Home Is Where The Hate Is (Cover Artwork)

The Fight

The Fight: Home Is Where The Hate IsHome Is Where The Hate Is (2003)
Fat Wreck Chords

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: MeganMegan
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The Fight's debut EP, Home is Where the Hate Is on Fat Wreck Chords displays a lot of potential. These kids (between the ages of 16 and 18) come from Dudley, England and they have talent. Although it has nothing to do with the music, it must be noted, that this album has some of the most annoying .
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The Fight's debut EP, Home is Where the Hate Is on Fat Wreck Chords displays a lot of potential. These kids (between the ages of 16 and 18) come from Dudley, England and they have talent. Although it has nothing to do with the music, it must be noted, that this album has some of the most annoying cover art ever, which could turn off people who are just browsing through the record store. It's a collage of band member photos (wow, that ass shot on the back really encourages purchasing) and the band's name and logo. It just isn't very aesthetically pleasing.

The Fight claims influences of Gen X, The Clash, and The Buzzcocks, but they're nowhere near that level yet. If anything, this EP reminds me of Sum 41's Half Hour of Power with a female vocalist, K8 (Just spell the name, it's not that difficult). These kids play hard and fast, the opener "Forgotten Generation" is quick and catchy with a "whoa-oh" chorus. The sounds seems like it would translate well into a live show full of energy. K8's vocals are incredibly strong; she has a really good voice. At times, the vocals are even reminiscent of Bjork.

This band packs seven songs into 20-fun filled minutes. Sure the lyrics are slightly amateur, but they're still a really young band. K8 and her brother Jack man the song-writing responsibilities and songs like "Greebo Wannabe" really show a high school mentality. "You're a Greebo Wannabe you wanna look like me when you dye your hair," now that's deep. The highlight of the album is probably a cover of "(I'm Running Around In) Circles" originally by The Circles.

This album shows a band that could probably make something of themselves if they keep at it. They're already working on a full length with producer Neil Avron (Everclear, New Found Glory, SR-71). On the other hand… maybe this talent is about to be completely wasted.

 

 
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Anonymous (October 4, 2005)

the fight rock right now.their music is great n they will go so far.n fuk ne1 hu has posted a comment bout dem being shit, wots da point u cock suckers.anna xxxxx

Anonymous (September 19, 2004)

Saw this lot live. They got REALLY boring REALLY quickly. The album cover looks like a peice of shit (metaphorically speaking) and has a wank title. And the singer can't spell her name.

M

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

they rock!
becki manchester

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

i just realised i gave the fight 7/10 when i meant to give them 10. oooops
lol becki manchester

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

the FIGHT ROCK!!!!
i went watching them when they were supporting Sugarcult. they were so nice. Especially jack he gives the nicest hugs ever!!! they are a dead good band and will go far so cause they are totally awesome.i love there songs and the band are really nice. there the nicest band i've met and i have actually met some bands.
lol becki manchester

Anonymous (May 26, 2003)

what a bunch of wankas comment on this site.
point 1: why visit a website called punknews if none of you actually fuckin like punk (not sayin the fight are...) go on emonews or metalnews or some bollox like that
point 2: the fight are only young so give em a chance.
POINT 3: V. important. iam NOT a cronie of this band. Iam not defending their music cos it is a bit shitty/annoying but u lot of twats on this site piss me off more: REALPUNX4LIFE is the worst offender

Anonymous (May 22, 2003)

Anybody who feels they have to write 'REAL PUNX LIFE' deserves a slap....

Al

Anonymous (May 18, 2003)

"Well, gee, that's the thing. I'm tired of digging through the punk crap. For the past 3 years, I've downloaded, attended shows, bought albums and so forth, read reviews and there is absolutely nothing going on.

Nothin recently has been any good or kept my interest in the scene, aside from The Transplants. There's simply nothing out there. I'm about start to get back into metal again. At least there's some stuff going on there. I can no longer wait for the next big thing in punk because it's not coming for a while."

You must be blind to miss all the big things happening right now. Dillinger Four, hello? Against Me!, anyone? Blood Brothers? Intro5pect?

REALPUNX4LIFE (May 9, 2003)

Just to clarify, my "BWAHAHA" was about the Transplants. Hehehe. The Transplants. Good lord.

REALPUNX4LIFE (May 9, 2003)

"Nothin recently has been any good or kept my interest in the scene, aside from The Transplants."

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Try this, numbskull: http://punknews.org/reviews.php?op=albumreview&id=1891

Anonymous (May 8, 2003)

and I can't say ive ever heard any supposed 'punk' as all you people seem to claim to be.....complaining about seeing an arse.....

and the person who left the message about Amazing Willie.....nah...fuck off

Anonymous (May 8, 2003)

...alot of people on here are harsh/blatently wankers for not actually speaking to people but acting the big man by leaving messages on websites (like me....but ive been forced to)........

....THE BAND ARE NOT MANUFACTURED....They are a fuckin butiful bunch of people who know who their friends are (putting us on the cover) and have between them probably played more shows than any of you little cunts have thought of going to.....

......their aged 16-18...big fucking deal...why do all the people who thing they are hardcore fuckin punk to the root feel they have to be ageist....big fuckin deal....give people a chance....

.....and jealousy girls and boys...wil get you nowhere......

.......if you get chance...speak to the people in The Fight...you will change your fuked up blind faith minds and realise that they aren't attention seeking, NFG fucking kids.....they are actually a bunch of people who a year ago were fuckin around with their mates havin a laugh....and that is what they are doing now.....

...if you don't like what I say....then come over to Dudley in the UK, and have a word.....until then....stop talking bullshit........

...in my opinion the only people who are 'kids' are those with a one track mentality......

Al Jackson

Anonymous (May 7, 2003)

"I can't believe that someone actually thought this much less said it. Hey kid, go to a real show, and check out some good music. I guess that's probably hard, mom wouldn't drop you off at a warehouse somewhere. There's lots of great music out there, you just have to dig through the piles of shit to get to it."

Oh look, typical 15 year old "punk" reply.

Well, gee, that's the thing. I'm tired of digging through the punk crap. For the past 3 years, I've downloaded, attended shows, bought albums and so forth, read reviews and there is absolutely nothing going on.

Nothin recently has been any good or kept my interest in the scene, aside from The Transplants. There's simply nothing out there. I'm about start to get back into metal again. At least there's some stuff going on there. I can no longer wait for the next big thing in punk because it's not coming for a while.

Anonymous (May 6, 2003)

Ohmigod their website is funny. This can't be a real band can it? Fat Mike is joking, right?

Isn't the singer that chick in Kittie? Anyway, she has a RAD collection of funny hats (worn sideways)! And her favorite toy is her recording studio? Must be nice.

REALPUNX4LIFE (May 6, 2003)

I can't imagine being a fan of bands like Rancid and Suicide Machines and then discuss how lame the punk scene is. I'd say that those two bands are indicative of just how crappy punk rock can be. Put on some tiltassWheel or superchinchillarescuemission. Those bands'll learn ya.

Katie4213 (May 6, 2003)

megan you rock so hard!!! i looooooooove you

Anonymous (May 6, 2003)

good god this band sucks ass

Anonymous (May 5, 2003)

"The punk scene blows right now. If you're expecting anything worthwhile or original in the near future, don't hold your breathe. The only notable releases coming out in the punk scene the rest of the year are Rancid and The Suicide Machines."

The new Paint It Black comes out in July, I'm incredibly excited about that right now.

Anonymous (May 5, 2003)

The punk scene blows right now. If you're expecting anything worthwhile or original in the near future, don't hold your breathe. The only notable releases coming out in the punk scene the rest of the year are Rancid and The Suicide Machines.

Two bands you can always count on giving you good material.

Everything else blows. It's time to start looking else where for good music."

I can't believe that someone actually thought this much less said it. Hey kid, go to a real show, and check out some good music. I guess that's probably hard, mom wouldn't drop you off at a warehouse somewhere. There's lots of great music out there, you just have to dig through the piles of shit to get to it.

Anonymous (May 5, 2003)

"OH WAIT! I know why this album sucks! BECAUSE IT'S ON FAT WRECK!

Biiiiiig fucking surprise there."

Dissing Fat is sooooo 1997...

Anonymous (May 5, 2003)

What a dumb cover.

Anonymous (May 5, 2003)

Didn't Rob Halford have a band named Fight a few years back? Perhaps these fresh-faced youngsters are trying to draw the attention of leather-clad grizzlies to grudge-fuck the shit out of them.

Strewtho (May 5, 2003)

just type mate, it's pretty easy.

Anonymous (May 5, 2003)

ha ha, i remember these aswell, shows where you can get when you screw ppl in new found glory. my m8's in the collage, at the top, stourbridge music scene sucks, so does dudley, good luck to em either way.i can remember seeing em live once but cant remember much else about em, i just know the singer used to eb in a 'pop' girl band called '21st century girls' and that she played saxaphone in my m8's band 'amazing willy'

CallingLondon (May 5, 2003)

"who gives a shit what the cover is"

i do. the cover is there. it has a purpose. an album is not just music, but a whole package, including cover art. otherwise, it's just a bunch of songs. if the band can't be creative enough to come up with a decent cover, then why should i ignore that?

Anonymous (May 5, 2003)

that's so funny you mentioned the whole 'browsing thing' cause in the store i saw this album and i thought it was a local shitty band

ElVaquero (May 4, 2003)

neh... fuck this, i'm gonna listen to retromania instead

Anonymous (May 4, 2003)

OH WAIT! I know why this album sucks! BECAUSE IT'S ON FAT WRECK!

Biiiiiig fucking surprise there.

FortyMinutesWest (May 4, 2003)

Hahah..Rancid...anyway, this band is pretty terrible, but the singer wouldn't look too bad after a few(try 10) beers.

Anonymous (May 4, 2003)

Hey, speaking of Suicide Machines, has anyone else heard the new record?! HOLY FUCKING SHIT IT RULES!

sickboi (May 4, 2003)

I got a free promo of this, eh, not bad. Not groundbreaking, but I can tap my foot to it.

Anonymous (May 4, 2003)

The punk scene blows right now. If you're expecting anything worthwhile or original in the near future, don't hold your breathe. The only notable releases coming out in the punk scene the rest of the year are Rancid and The Suicide Machines.

Two bands you can always count on giving you good material.

Everything else blows. It's time to start looking else where for good music.

FortyMinutesWest (May 4, 2003)

Being harsh is fun.

Anonymous (May 4, 2003)

Meghan: Why? You're a reviewer, it's your job to be harsh.

This band sucks. Plain and simple.

Anonymous (May 4, 2003)

Young band or not, punk or not, there has to be some goddamn quality control in this scene. this music sucks. It's really derivative musically and the lyrics, which often signal the difference between bad and pretty good, are awful. Reviewers on this site are too apologetic for crap. This is not good punk music. Even if it's mediocre, who wants to listen to mediocre music? Who would be willing to pay money for a mediocre CD? If music isn't good, it isn't good enough to listen to. A 3 star CD is not one that I want to buy. Ugh. Sorry this makes no sense. I'm just tired of people supporting bland unoriginal music. If it is boring, it is bad.

Megan (May 4, 2003)

I'll agree that on the first track I couldn't tell if the singer was a boy or a girl... but I didn't want to be that harsh

Anonymous (May 4, 2003)

Is this a fucking joke?

I've been saying for a long time that punk rock has failed me, but i'm sure as shit it has now.

insinceredave (May 4, 2003)

I'm already saving for the full length!

insincere dave

Anonymous (May 4, 2003)

The singer may be cute...if you like men

servo (May 4, 2003)

having just heard this ep (not impressed at all. track 3 is the only one that i like) i can say that "At times, the vocals are even reminiscent of Bjork." is waaaaay off. Sometimes, the vocals sound like a guys. Seriously, the first track... you can't tell me thats a girl singing.

Anonymous (May 4, 2003)

holy god is that website lame. (but i will agree with the singer being cute, hehehe)

Anonymous (May 4, 2003)

Half those kids on the cover look like they belong in kindergarden.

Anonymous (May 4, 2003)

"But let's not pretend we had a rough childhood because Mom didn't buy that Playstation 2."

Haha, that was fucking gold. I feel the same way, don't want to listen to any music with this cover art/title at all.

Anonymous (May 3, 2003)

This is really wierd, never did i expect to see a band's ep reviewed on punknews, that my dodgy punk band supported once
They aren't manafactured per se, they just got lucky and have connections in high places.
And all this from the Stourbridge rock scene in UK, how fuckin wierd, I am looking forward to hearing the EP,
Good luck is all i can say

Martin

REALPUNX4LIFE (May 3, 2003)

"but the singer is pretty cute"

I really really hope that the person what wrote this comment is under 18. If not, you is a scumbag.

Anonymous (May 3, 2003)

their website is comedy.

Anonymous (May 2, 2003)

I might check this band out when they roll through town. I think they could do better than this album, but the singer is pretty cute

Anonymous (May 2, 2003)

who gives a shit what the cover is

REALPUNX4LIFE (May 2, 2003)

Poorly made high school yearbook? THIS DOES NOT COMPUTE! (Nerdiest thing ever said? I think so!)

Also, if the cover art wasn't enough for people to say "No, thanks" how about the title? Home Is Where The Hate Is? Give me a break. I'm sure these kids come from nice families. It's not like 16 year olds wind up on a fairly big indie label that's an entire ocean and continent away with their crappy demo tape. I'm not saying there's a problem with nice families. Nice families are way nice. But let's not pretend we had a rough childhood because Mom didn't buy that Playstation 2.

Anonymous (May 2, 2003)

I seen this band last Thurs. Pretty good...

TheBouncingSoul (May 2, 2003)

the cover looks like something out of a poorly made high school yearbook

Anonymous (May 2, 2003)

meh

turdcorn (May 2, 2003)

The only thing remotely cool about this band or CD is that one of the guys on the cover art is wearing a, "Foam-dome" Those things fule.

Anonymous (May 2, 2003)

I saw this band open for Brand New. They were... ok.I picked up the Ep and it isn't bad, but I can't see myself wanting to purchase an entire album by these guys.

Anonymous (May 2, 2003)

Bet you didnt know that K8 used to be in a UK kiddie pop band called 20th Century Girls did you? This lot are so fucking manufactured...and they've signed to MCA to release an album...

Anonymous (May 2, 2003)

That really is terrible cover art.

Oh well, at least ODB is out of the mental hospital!

BabaBooey (May 2, 2003)

God, I hate mohawks.

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