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Stand and Fight - Together We Win (Cover Artwork)

Stand and Fight

Stand and Fight: Together We WinTogether We Win (2004)
Bridge Nine Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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Whether it looks awful or it looks amazing, the first impression many people get from a band is based on their cover art. Certain bands and labels can be associated with certain styles, like Jacob Bannon's artwork is associated with Deathwish, or like pictures of girls can be associated with Victor.
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Whether it looks awful or it looks amazing, the first impression many people get from a band is based on their cover art. Certain bands and labels can be associated with certain styles, like Jacob Bannon's artwork is associated with Deathwish, or like pictures of girls can be associated with Victory. Now, I already have Stand & Fight's first release for Bridge 9, so I already had a good idea of what I was in for, but still, the first thing I thought of when I saw the covert art was Time Flies' "On Our Way."

As I said before, I've heard this band's past material, and I expected more of the same from this release, but to my surprise, Together We Win shows this band evolving a bit, and showcasing more melody than I would've expected. It's obviously not a crazy shift that's going to set the world of hardcore on its ear, but I certainly didn't expect it. This band does the melodic style well, as showcased by the album's final track, which even features some "whoas" in the background. While the background vocals might be awkward, the song itself is strong, as is this entire release. Wrench's vocals are as strong as they've ever been, and they're also mixed a bit better than on the band's self-titled effort. This release is a step up from that release, and the bit of added melody is nice change of pace.

The lyrics still focus on straight edge more than anything else, but I don't think that is going to surprise anyone. However, they do cover some other topics, like in the song "Fight Back:"

"I'm so sick of intimidation, that kid didn't do a thing to you, he's just new and didn't follow your rules, but I'm sure your crew will teach him a thing or two. Policing the scene, why don't you say what you mean, you're getting off on picking on kids that are weaker than you, because you think they won't fight back."


I had Stand & Fight pegged as another hardcore band that was fun to listen to, but that wouldn't be much more, but this release shows promise. This is catchy hardcore, and I'm pretty sure you don't need one of those watches with an x on the face to enjoy it.

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Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

I love the way that just from their name you can tell exactly what this band sound like.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

"true BSD, so why the hate on Kid Dynamite?"

Hate? Not really. They're really overrated, though.

-BSD

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

There are so many better current hardcore bands, this ones ok but a bit samey.
Mental are better

kenjamin (November 16, 2004)

true BSD, so why the hate on Kid Dynamite?

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

Those lyrics may be silly, but it's true, and it's the downfall of almost all of the "hardcore" scenes. Punk and hardcore have always been youth-based cultures, so these college assholes picking on people my age need to stop.

-BSD

TheOneTrueBill (November 16, 2004)

I don't get the cover art

FortyMinutesWest (November 16, 2004)

Actually, I don't have it yet, I want it, but I keep putting off buying it because I'm poor. You should review it.

skankin_in_the_pit (November 16, 2004)

I love the S/T so i'll have to check this out.

And Forty do you have the new Bones Brigade record in a "to review pile?" I was thinking about reviewing it but I know you'd do a much better job then I would. I liked your review of "I Hate Myself When I'm Not Skateboarding."

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

Great,great. Takes me back to 86'-oldpunker-

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

Score's for the lyrics.

-Chinatown

johnnydanger (November 16, 2004)

STAND!
AND!
FIGHT!

FOR!
WHATS!
RIGHT!

awesome band, awesome show, awesome record

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