Stand and Fight - Stand & Fight (Cover Artwork)

Stand and Fight

Stand and Fight: Stand & FightStand & Fight (2003)
Bridge Nine Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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Over the past couple of years, there seems to have been an influx of bands who give nods to the older variety of hardcore. Whether it's just a coincidence, or whether it came as a knee-jerk reaction to the rise of metalcore is debatable, but whatever the reason, it's here. Stand & Fight is one suc.

Over the past couple of years, there seems to have been an influx of bands who give nods to the older variety of hardcore. Whether it's just a coincidence, or whether it came as a knee-jerk reaction to the rise of metalcore is debatable, but whatever the reason, it's here. Stand & Fight is one such band, and although they aren't redefining hardcore with this release, they play with lots of energy and intensity, and that nearly negates their lack of innovation.

Stand & Fight play what I like to call hardcore influenced hardcore. You see, with all the elements being pulled into hardcore these days, it seems that most bands are playing "genre x influenced genre y," but this band is content with using the style that fits them best. You won't find any excessive wankery here, and this sure as hell isn't a concept album, what you will find is twelve tracks of solid, straight ahead hardcore. Still, the lack of originality here does make it slightly difficult for me to really give this a high rating, but it still makes for a very enjoyable listen.

The lyrics predictably take on a straight edge agenda, and really, I don't think anyone is really surprised by this. If you're straight edge, you may appreciate them, but for someone like me, who has never been and never will be edge, they come off as little more than sloganeering. Regardless, if you can look past that, they aren't too bad.

Stand & Fight aren't going to replace Minor Threat in your record collection, but if you're looking for some music to shout along to, you needn't look any further than this. Bridge 9 seems to be at the forefront of this hardcore revival, and they're doing a fine job of putting out quality releases.


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Anonymous (September 12, 2005)

you know i think alot of you kids miss the point of punk and hardcore.
you bitch and whine about bands sounding like old 80's or 90's hardcore.Hardcore and punk was made for fun and is easy to play to me hardcore is a style of music like jazz,or pop.i'm almost 30 years old and still play and listen to hardcore and i still love it.There is just as much to be pissed off about now as there was back in the 80's. And stand and fight are awsome and i loved ten yard fight! that's it oh and p.s. there's nothing wrong with being edge because i still am and always will be thanks Ian!

Anonymous (March 13, 2004)

I can think of a bunch of good current straight edge bands from around my general area, and none are on Bridge 9, because, well, Bridge 9 is terrible. It's that simple. Bands like No Time Left and On Alert from Buffalo, and Witness from Rochester are proof straight edge hardcore can still be awesome without being horribly derivative.

P.S. I still listen to Earth Crisis, but that's once in a blue moon.

Anonymous (March 12, 2004)

Amen BSD

Anonymous (March 12, 2004)

Straight Edge, outside of a way of thinking among hardcore punkers in the early 80's, is such a joke. There was a time and there was a place.

Modern America is no place for crazy shave-headed kids to be running around beating people up.


Anonymous (March 12, 2004)

To the guy 2 below me, nu hardcore dancing is similar (with variations) to old punk rock and hardcore dancing of the 80s. This crap has taken "straight edge" and continued to ruin what it was about back then. What a total bunch of utter shit.

Anonymous (March 12, 2004)

Garbage. Tough guy straight edge crap. PUKE

Anonymous (March 12, 2004)

to the dude below this:
way to stereotype. you just described metalcore edge douche bags perfectly. buuut stand and fight simply chooses to carry the straight edge flame (since straightedge has essentially died since 1997...there are hardly any edge bands these days). nobody windmills/kickboxes for real hardcore bands, and i can't remember the last time i saw dudes wearing all black and girls jeans at a show (maybe thats cause i avoid bands like Hopesfall and ETID). do you think that you can suddenly step in and generalize hardcore cause you've seen some shitty metalcore band like 18 Visions before or something? man get over it. yeah this has been done before, but in a scene plagued with insincerity and shit, these guys are just going out to play to their friends, have fun, and play the kind of music that has shaped their lives.

there may be some shitty straightedge kids (albeit not many...this isnt 1993 and nobody likes earth crisis anymore) but the number of douche bags who stereotype sxe kids greatly outnumbers the shitty edge kids.


Anonymous (March 11, 2004)

I'm straight edge & I like these guys. I only listen to bands who validate my beliefs. No matter how boring or generic they are, as long as they have the edge I'll support them. I have to go now. I have to wash & dry my black hoodie, draw my Xs on my hands & I have windmill practice in an hour.

Anonymous (March 11, 2004)

TYF was fun, pretty good. i was relaly into their demo, 7"s, and first LP. S&F is really...not very good.


Anonymous (March 10, 2004)

way too similar to Ten Yard Fight, its getting boring.

The Impact demo was pretty cool thought.

Anonymous (March 10, 2004)

They are pointing, and punching the air
"What is it?" "a bottle - over there!"
Let's face it with our harsh green border
sXe pointingpunch restores order

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

Cliche'ed? Yes. But not without merit. I prefer this stuff to most hardcore. It's got a really old-school vibe about it.

Though I am by and far not straight edge, I don't mind someone shouting about it. It just makes it more fun to do shitfaced piss-takes on Minor Threat as encores...


Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

wow... did they actively TRY to be a boring retread of a twenty year old sound?

i think they did.

that's sad.

t-rav (March 9, 2004)


Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

Score is for the band name and cover art.


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