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Pitchfork gazes into the future of Will Yip and Studio 4

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Pitchfork recently published a feature story about Will Yip, the celebrated and highly-regarded producer based in Conshohocken, and the studio and scene surrounding his work.

Yip has produced albums for numerous Pennsylvania bands, including Circa Survive, Title Fight, Tigers Jaw, Balance and Composure, Nothing, and Superheaven. He works out of Studio 4, a legendary area recording space run by Phil Nicolo. The article explores his work with some of these bands in-depth, observing their genre-bending tendencies that draw heavily from music of the latter 20th century. It also touches on the fact that Yip’s bands have reached younger generations that are constantly told underground music scenes are “dead”. Continue reading →

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New album, new sound: watch Title Fight’s “Rose of Sharon” video

Title Fight | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Title Fight | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

With the release of “Chlorine” back in December and now “Rose of Sharon,” Kingston PA rockers Title Fight have done a complete-180 with their style and sound. After signing to LA-based Anti- Records last year, the indie hardcore band announced the February 3rd release of Hyperview and began teasing it with videos. Continue reading →

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Preview Title Fight’s new album with the cinematic “Chlorine” video

Title Fight | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Title Fight | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

From the opening notes of flanged-out guitar that quickly turns to crushing distortion, the song “Chlorine” makes it pretty clear that Kingston, PA post-hardcore outfit Title Fight made its new record with Conshohocken producer Will Yip. It’s his signature sound – a throwback to amped 90s rock and roll – and it blends perfectly with Title Fight’s balance of aggression and melody.  Continue reading →

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Photos: Title Fight celebrated its 10-year anniversary in Glen Lyon with Daylight, Balance and Composure and more

Title Fight | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
Title Fight | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

Kingston, Pennsylvania crew Title Fight marked its ten-year anniversary this fall, and threw a big celebration in true punk rock style: with a sold-out five-band all-ages bill at an American Legion hall in nearby Glen Lyon. Joining them were fellow local noisemakers Balance and Composure and Daylight, along with Wilkes-Barre hardcore band Dead End Path and touring act Justice (a punk band from Belgium, not the dance band from France). In addition to their ten years and dozen or so releases together, Title Fight also had a forward-thinking cause to celebrate: the new Spring Songs EP 7″, available now via Revelation Records. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Find yourself in Daylight’s goofy music video for “No One’s Deserving” (appearing on The Key Studio Sessions tonight)

Daylight

Grungey Doylestown four-piece Daylight released Jar this past April on Run For Cover Records. Recorded at Studio 4 with Will Yip, the album quickly propelled Daylight to the level of Balance and Composure or Title Fight in terms of local punk scene popularity. Riding this release, Daylight made its way through most of the US this year, even playing alongside huge post-rock bands Pianos Become the Teeth and O’Brother.

Before heading off to tour Australia and Japan, Daylight put together a quirky music video for “No One’s Deserving”. The video opens with a man singing along to the lyrics “Afraid / to be myself / alone / I can’t be loved” as he puts on a mouse mascot head. Watch the physical and personal journey this mouse-man takes below, and listen for Daylight on The Key Studio Sessions on tonight’s Philly Local show on WXPN.

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Title Fight documents European tour in music video for “Be a Toy”

Title Fight | Photo by Allison Newbold | http://allynewbold.com/

Title Fight‘s latest release, a four song EP entitled Spring Songs, is another move forward for the Kingston punk band. Some of these songs could fit into their 2012 LP Floral Green, but others like the single “Be a Toy” are fuzzier and more laid-back than older releases. The guitars are as lazy as the vocals, as Jamie Rhoden sings “Being used / I’m used to it” in the most melancholy tone. This EP is definitely a change up for Title Fight, and it is awesome to see them write songs that sound different, but are just as good as their back catalog.

In the video for “Be a Toy,” Title Fight’s friend Susy Cereijo documents the band’s recent trip around Europe: showing show clips, the beauty they saw on their travels, and the band’s everyday life. Check out the retro video, which was shot on Super 8 film, below. Pick up Spring Songs here, or stream it after the jump.

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Title Fight, Balance and Composure get heavy at Union Transfer

Title Fight | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com All photos by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

The punk rock guys from Kingston and Doylestown, PA put on a phenomenal hometown show at a sold out Union Transfer last week. Both Title Fight and Balance and Composure displayed just how heavy they can be, and how tight they are, even with stage divers running by them for almost the entirety of the show.

After opening sets from poppy Lehigh Valley duo Slingshot Dakota and Portland, Maine’s Cruel Hand, Balance and Composure kicked off a set of songs mostly from their second album The Things We Think We’re Missing. These tracks sounded huge, and even better than they do on the record. The grittiness in the music came through very well, especially as Jon Simmons poured his heart out in every way from melodies to all out screams. As they played “Parachutes” and “Notice Me” it was as if the band transcended into a space between beautiful and grungy, bringing the chanting crowd along with them. With all the explosions and layered guitar grooves in their powerful music, Balance and Composure has continued to progress as one of the best bands in the area.

Title Fight is a band that has not only put out great records in the recent past (see Floral Green), but has risen to prominence in the national punk rock scene for their intense live shows. Title Fight came out as hard as they always do, head banging and thrashing all over the stage, dodging the multitude of fans that had made their way on to the stage. They did not skip a beat the entire time (except for an injury that caused the show to be put on halt for some time), and picked up one song right as the previous one had ended. Playing old favorites such as “Symmetry” among newer songs like “Secret Society,” they kept the crowd on their feet and in the show. Of course, the crowd was yelling lyrics right back in the band’s face and they seemed to know every single word. The performance was heartfelt, and the ecstatic reaction from the crowd only reinforced just how good this band is.

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Listen to “Be a Toy” from Title Fight’s new Spring Songs EP (playing Union Transfer on 10/12)

Within a few hours of Title Fight‘s new single “Be A Toy” popping up online this week (including yesterday’s Pitchfork nod) folks were already weighing in on the Kingston, Pa. punk outfit’s latest progression. On YouTube and Soundcloud, some talked of the band blending their aggressive old and melodic new sounds and not wanting to be pigeonholed by the pop-punk world. Others drew fond comparisons to The Strokes and Weezer. My favorite, from YouTube user Christopher7937: “Dear Title Fight, I know you change your sound every 7″/LP but please keep this. It’s the jaaaam”

Listening to the track, which will appear on the band’s Spring Songs EP, due out November 12th on Revelation Records, its immediately apparent that this is Title Fight at its most direct and accessible – and that for this band, accessibility does not mean wimping out on volume or distortion. For a crew that’s built its rabid fan base from the ground up, without much mainstream attention outside of the alt-punk world, this signals a brilliant middle ground that could both usher in new listeners while maintaining the loyalty of the old ones. Check out “Be a Toy” below, and get more information on Title Fight’s headlining Union Transfer show on October 12th here.