Title Fight - The Last Thing You Forget [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

Title Fight

Title Fight: The Last Thing You Forget [7 inch]The Last Thing You Forget [7 inch] (2009)
Run For Cover Records

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It's a loaded and controversial word in music reviewing, but in Title Fight's case it just seems right: maturation. Graduating from an earnest Can't Slow Down tribute act on their previous EPs -- a 2007 split with the Erection Kids and last year's 7" growth spurt, Kingston -- into a gruffer, more dy.
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It's a loaded and controversial word in music reviewing, but in Title Fight's case it just seems right: maturation. Graduating from an earnest Can't Slow Down tribute act on their previous EPs -- a 2007 split with the Erection Kids and last year's 7" growth spurt, Kingston -- into a gruffer, more dynamic quartet on The Last Thing You Forget, the band's newest 7" (and collections CD, comprising new tracks with the aforementioned) offers noticeably darker, more depressing fare than they've previously composed. And they're all the better for it.

The band continue their focus on writing razor-sharp, heavy-handed one-liners whose brevity punctuates the band's melodic but fast and rough-edged pop-punk even better than before. "You're a match / that can't be lit," guitarist Jamie Rhoden exclaims in the opener, "Symmetry." "Spark a flame. Burn infinite." It's invective that only deepens when bassist Ned Russin adds in a moment of pure musical dynamism, "You broke me like a mirror. / Seven years keep adding up.," slightly slowing the speedy momentum. The opening track and easily the best on Forget (and probably the band's best to date) takes a surprising turn when the tempo slows for the "breakdown," which is actually sparked by guest vocalist Joe Boynton (frontman of kindred souls Transit) nasally shouting, "Balance -- I'm losin' it! And the ground beneath does not exist." Boynton here sounds just like Travis Shettel, and consequently this part like a Piebald chorus, letting up a bit on the anxiety the track had been building. It's a curveball for sure, but the spin is plenty effective.

"Introvert" is even angrier, with Russin intensely screaming the first verse before everything slows down a bit for a moment of heartaching restraint and indecipherable spoken vocals, providing a '90s emo wall of sound before the track and Russin collapse together ("Let me be the first. / Let me be the last. / Let me be the last thing you forget"). Tim Landers, also from Transit, appears for the closer, "No One Stays at the Top Forever." It starts out in an unwinding, desperate fashion before suddenly picking up the tempo and Rhoden's equally desperate yelps. Then there's another slow-down with sort of a gut-punching waltz.

Only three songs and roughly seven or eight minutes long, Side B offers an unlisted instrumental track that fits the EP's mood perfectly. Ringing chords and soft guitars lumber and flutter for a minute or two in a landscape that hardly resembles the rest of Title Fight's discography -- something between Mineral and Texas Is the Reason, maybe.

In any event, this is another steady improvement for the way young PA four-piece. The other tracks are hardly bad, but if the brilliant "Symmetry" provides a blueprint and the secret song can offer some additional atmosphere for Title Fight's stupidly anticipated full-length, I'll be listening.



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RachelKing (March 18, 2010)

They put on one of the best shows I've seen! I love title fight and all their music. They are so real.

shitsfucked (October 17, 2009)

i love my life :(

mikexdude (September 18, 2009)

xshoutoutx, are you crazyu? That wa sso generic and this is pretty awesome.

xshoutoutx (September 16, 2009)

BlackJaw_... you're crazy. This shit compared to their older stuff is HORRIBLE.

defianceohioequalslove (September 16, 2009)

Well shit, "Symmetry" is awesome. I'll definitely be paying attention to these guys.

yourwifesboyfriend (September 16, 2009)

Definatly one of my favourite "newer bands" gonna keep an eye on these guys.

R3vengeTherapy (September 16, 2009)

This is a compilation? I've been listening to it for months and never realized. Feels like an LP to me. Now that I'm paying closer attention, it only seems like the last track doesn't fit with everything else in terms of quality. Regardless, this disc is awesome. Scared to think of what they'll do on their first LP, since this is already so good.

icapped2pac (September 16, 2009)

I agree, the new tracks are vast improvements over what was decent older stuff. It fits that the Transit guys are on this (which I somehow failed to notice when listening) because both bands seem to be growing by leaps and bounds with each new release.

victim (September 16, 2009)

Hey mikedude

Not a big fan of this kind of hardcore, but you mentioned Magrudergrind a while ago. Listened to a few of their songs and, I know that the whole genre is pretty same-y, but they sound more like Crucial Unit to me then any of their more prominent "influences"

But I only listened to a few songs

Ilovesuckingdick69 (September 16, 2009)

this sucks

Allon (September 16, 2009)

definitely wasn't expecting to enjoying it as much as i did. i really hope they'll keep this up

Blackjaw_ (September 15, 2009)

The 7 inch is good, the older songs are alright.

mikexdude (September 15, 2009)

Hgaahhahahaha you listened to me!

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