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The Fight

The Fight: Nothing New Since Rock 'N' RollNothing New Since Rock 'N' Roll (2004)
Repossession

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: HeinHein
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Do you remember this band? It's that female fronted U.K. band that released an EP out of the blue on Fat Wreck last year, produced by Bill Stevenson. It got quite a few bad reviews, but I really dug those seven songs. Meanwhile, the band toured the U.S., played with bands like Rancid, Yellowcard, Su.
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Do you remember this band? It's that female fronted U.K. band that released an EP out of the blue on Fat Wreck last year, produced by Bill Stevenson. It got quite a few bad reviews, but I really dug those seven songs. Meanwhile, the band toured the U.S., played with bands like Rancid, Yellowcard, Sugarcult and New Found Glory to name a few, were one of the "30 bands you need to know" according to Kerrang!, were in studio with Neal Avron (Everclear, New Found Glory, SR-71 and Yellowcard) to record these fourteen songs, and signed a deal with upcoming label Repossession Records. Quite some achievement for kids who are only aged between 17 and 19.

Three songs from the EP were actually re-recorded for this album. Both "Forgotten Generation" and "Revolution Calling" kept its initial sound and speed with only the edges that have been cut out, while the metronome for the previously Clash-ragga sounding "Stage School Kidz" got speeded up which transformed the song into a more eager (and at the same time great) poppy tune. I can't say the pro production did their music harm, although I'm convinced you moaners will have something negative to say about a band that sounds poppy-clean. To be honest, I wouldn't really pigeon-hole this with the catchy pop-punk, but I can't really categorize them with the bands they claim to get their influence from (The Clash, Generation X and The Buzzcocks) either… they just sound too straightforward and unfilthy for it. It has to be said that this girl Kate's voice is as tremendous as her looks, even the slower "No More Legend" shows she's got quite some breath in those lungs. I still find it quite annoying though that she has to end her words with that weird "eh" (f.e. "back" = "back-eh").

In my humble opinion there's at least three songs on this album that have the ability to warp this band to higher levels: the beforementioned "Stage Cool Kidz," "Karaoke Kid" which has an instant snatchable chorus that will have you tapping along instantly and which has quite a few interesting key-changes, and the more melodic "Housewreck" which has a terrific riffy guitar in the chorus, although I suppose it's all up to their management to decide and they'll probably choose the cleaner songs like "No More Legend" or "Don't Tell Me" which are somewhat more radio-accessible. Two constants all through the disc are the easy to sing along chorus and, on a less positive note, quite juvenile lyrics. But hey, wisdom comes with the age (hmmm!?!). Anyway, their angriness towards the world and discontent to people who dislike them sounds a bit artificial with those cheap-worded threats.

If you like catchy, well-produced, accessible dirty music with a slight spark of older-styled U.K. punk rock and you like girls on the mic you can't really go wrong with this one. I'm sure the die-hards will again find it hard to admit that this is a strong release, but I'm sure the kids will swallow this like little biscuits. I'm no die-hard and I'm no kid but I just love everything that sounds well to my ears. And I if tell you that this is the album that during my holidays got the most spins, you can bet that there's a lot of others who will buy it. Tsunami Bomb might sound less artificial and their last album sounds definitely more mature than this one, but odds are that this band could top their sales with quite a margin thanks to the more mindsticking choruses. We'll see what happens...

 

 
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the_fight_rock (July 27, 2006)

i just got this album and i thikn this band are amazing! im not usualy a big punk fan but this my convert me! i think the lead singer has amazing vocals and alot of the songs although sounds quite similar are AMAZING!

lou (October 22, 2005)

wow. i was grumpy when i wrote that.

lou (October 12, 2005)

to the misogynistic fuck two posts down: she's like a 17 year old girl, and someone's kid. just because girls don't like you or your mom ran out on you or whatever doesn't mean you hafta hate on all women.

sorry i'm a year and a half late with this. i hope you're dead by now. the world would be better off.

Anonymous (April 22, 2005)

that is not a review it is offensive and you should keep this type of stuff to yourself. The Album is bollocks as well

Anonymous (November 23, 2004)

that journal entry is classic. what a shallow, vacant, useless cunt

Anonymous (November 22, 2004)

she really isn't all that good looking

Anonymous (November 22, 2004)

their site is censored

kenjamin (November 21, 2004)

"Or were you too upset I insulted grandpa's 45's to notice how heavily drenched in sarcasm what I said was?"

I wish my Grandpa listened to Hardcore and Punk!! Sure he'd probably kick my ass for being a little wuss but I'd still go hang out with him all the time. Pretty sure all his records are church hymns and psalms or something. bleh. He's still pretty rad though.

Anonymous (November 20, 2004)

I typed two sentences... Get over yourself.

-BSD

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

"Wow, so you listen to music because it's hip and scene. That's awesome if you buy records for their covers, but people who like real music will keep on buying it."

Me like music! Me beat rock with stick! Ooogh oogh!!!

Somewhere in your rant did you notice that your statements don't even relate to each other? Or were you too upset I insulted grandpa's 45's to notice how heavily drenched in sarcasm what I said was?

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

didn't discharge create d-beat?

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

"Please. Everything made before 1978 is primitive, uncool, and culturally irrelevant."

Wow, so you listen to music because it's hip and scene. That's awesome if you buy records for their covers, but people who like real music will keep on buying it.

-BSD

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

K8's lastest journal entry from The Fight's website. Imagine her speaking this drivel in that hideous voice of hers and tell me you wouldn't rather slap her in the face than listen to her crappy band.

"Fall Out Boys
This IS NOT a journal entry... it's just a small kind of story, commentary kind of thing.

So, me and my friend mel in the past have had problems with Fall Out Boys... Not the one's you think I mean though.....
O.K it's like this: there is a store not too far away from where we live, in Birmingham. It is called Fall Out. In that store only guys are hired to work. So mel named all the dudes "Fall Out Boys".. this was quite a while ago.... maybe a few years.

So, the last guy that I was kinda seeing or whatever, was a F.O.B (as in, he worked in Fall Out), and he knew it, I think. You see, Fall Out is classed as a kinda cool place to work, and so if any girls hook up with a F.O.B, they automaticaly climb the social ladder..... which is wiered.

So, I some how managed to hook up with one of the dudes that works in Fall Out (don't know how i managed to pull that one off as he is hella hot). Not for social climbing purposes, but cuz he is cool.
As all fall out boys are generaly the same, it was inevitable, that after a few weeks (maybe 3) he would get bored with me. Which he did. At least I think he got bored with me... who knows.. It still sucks though... whatever.

Enter my friend Pete... A Fall Out Boy.. An actual one though. Not in the sense he works in the store...
I wondered if A Fall Out Boy (who works in the store) is like a Fall Out Boy (that plays in the band)? I somehow don't think so. They are two COMPLETLEY DIFFERENT things, they just happen to share a name...... The actual fall out boy(s) aren't walking 'round like they know that they are hot... They don't look at girls with a stare that says "you are lucky to be in my presence" and they don't make you feel as though it has to be you're "lucky day" just to get spoken to...

Anyway, to the point.... Pete is way cool. I like hanging out with him... Maybe cuz he's not that much taller than me, so I somehow feel alot taller when I walk next to him!!! Nah, just kidding, thats not why...He's just fucking rad. We hiked around the 'woods. We didn't see any coyote's though.. Or racoons, or any Deer.. Somehow, I allways used to see Deers cruising 'round in those parts.... good times anyhow.

I was allways sceptical about F.O.B's.. Now I know (thank fuck) that there are actually some friendly nice Fall Out Boys out there! Even if they are a completley different kind of F.O.B.

(is it just me, or is this confusing?)

So, I know that I'm probably gonna get bitched at for this entry, and some people are not gonna have a clue what I am talking about, but I don't really care, and it doesn't matter.... I (and mel) know what I mean
k8....."

Anonymous (November 19, 2004)

"long live the oldies."

Please. Everything made before 1978 is primitive, uncool, and culturally irrelevant.

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

Old hardcore will never be mainstream. It's just too vicious.

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Black Flag is not that vicious.Your funny.

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

skeptix and mdc popular in the mainstream? you mad???

Anonymous (November 18, 2004)

Scott has sexual feelings?!?!

maverick (November 17, 2004)

There's just absolutely no bite to this record, no fangs at all. Boring.

K8 is absolutely gorgeous, though. She makes me feel funny inside.

-Scott

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

When they start playing Discharge and Chaos UK back to back with Jimmy Eat World and Simple Plan, gimme a ring.

Old hardcore will never be mainstream. It's just too vicious.

Of course, you could make an argument about their influence on metal... But that's a whole other ball game.

-BSD

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

"i never even heard blood brothers - i'm talking about compared to relevant old-school uk/us hardcore punk - late-70s/early-80s (think Discharge, FEAR, MDC, Black Flag, Chaos UK, Skeptix). that's all...whereas that was threatening and relevant and important and ground-breaking, this is not, this is fluff, but hey, whatever, to each his own! just voicing opinion"

Nowadays those bands are very popular in the mainstream.

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

bah i'm not saying they should copy those bands either. i'm saying that this is crap - much of what comes out today is crap. long live the oldies.

their title is pretty true to it i guess. nothing new and there never will be again. i'm a downer.

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

"i never even heard blood brothers - i'm talking about compared to relevant old-school uk/us hardcore punk - late-70s/early-80s (think Discharge, FEAR, MDC, Black Flag, Chaos UK, Skeptix). that's all...whereas that was threatening and relevant and important and ground-breaking, this is not, this is fluff, but hey, whatever, to each his own! just voicing opinion"

But it still wouldn't be relevant if they just copied those bands...

-BSD

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

She sings like James Hetfield.

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

uhh, hip hop isn't included in the "Actual Music" category

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

Nothing new since rock and roll?

What about hip hop?

-El Vakero

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

"This shit annoys me, man. I haven't heard this album or anything, but just because it isn't fucking Blood Brothers (Crimes in particular, so you haters don't jump on me.) doesn't mean that it isn't good. Just because it isn't starkingly original doesn't mean it is bad."

i never even heard blood brothers - i'm talking about compared to relevant old-school uk/us hardcore punk - late-70s/early-80s (think Discharge, FEAR, MDC, Black Flag, Chaos UK, Skeptix). that's all...whereas that was threatening and relevant and important and ground-breaking, this is not, this is fluff, but hey, whatever, to each his own! just voicing opinion

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

"I still find it quite annoying though that she has to end her words with that weird “eh” (f.e. “back” = “back-eh”). "

When I read that, I kept imagining a really stereotypical Canadian immitation, but now that I hear it, I get what you mean. It's an extra, audible exhale at the end of every word to emphasize it or whatever. She really goes overboard with it.

Anonymous (November 17, 2004)

Just checked our the e-card. I wish I hadn't. Is she singing with noseplugs on. J F'n C that was bad.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

Oh shit, she's hot! Better give it an 8 then!

darkstarm (November 16, 2004)

props to the guy below me. there's nothing wrong with doing something that's already been done as long as you do it WELL. i saw this band when they played with the rxb crew, they're all insanely young and their singer is INSANELY hot.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

"formulaic, nonthreatening, yeah that's cool!" - Guy below.

This shit annoys me, man. I haven't heard this album or anything, but just because it isn't fucking Blood Brothers (Crimes in particular, so you haters don't jump on me.) doesn't mean that it isn't good. Just because it isn't starkingly original doesn't mean it is bad.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

the girlband K8 was in was called The 21st Century Girls.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

an 8? jeez!!

formulaic, nonthreatening, yeah that's cool!
did you even READ the lyrics?

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

the singer is hot.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

It sounds like they still suck.

-BSD

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

well the 2 songs i listened to were good - a nice old-school pop-punk sound to it

hopefully the rest of the album sounds the same

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

Hmm, their previous stuff was dire. They're local to me, they like to act like rockstars trying too hard to look fashioncore. I don't understand why they've been taken so seriously.

kenjamin (November 16, 2004)

I think i saw this band at skate and surf. meh.

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

What is this, "label wars"?

jumpstartrecords (November 16, 2004)

how does one call a label "up and coming" if they've only released one cd?

Anonymous (November 16, 2004)

the singer from this band used to be in a spice girls type girl band....i forget what they were called now...that being said...i still kinda like this band...

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