It’s been a whirlwind year for Kingston PA’s purveyors of post-hardcore goodness, Title Fight, who punctuated the closing ceremonies of their recent tour with Pianos Become The Teeth and Tiger’s Jaw with a sold out show 2 hours south of their home stomping grounds at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer.
“The kids determine Rock ‘n’ Roll..” I heard a concertgoer say standing outside of the venue. And right now in the US, kids from coast to coast are loving Title Fight with their infectious blend of post-hardcore meets indie rock that has seen the band on an upward trajectory for the better part of the last two years. Evidenced by an impressive #69 debut on the Billboard Top 200 in September, Title Fight’s second full-length and first for Side One Dummy, Floral Green, is a hit despite the band having wandered into some very new musical territory. For this over-capacity show, Blow The Scene was on hand to capture to exclusive photo galleries and an exclusive video interview with Title Fight singer and bassist Ned Russin.
One aspect of show such as Title Fight like any number of up-and-coming younger bands, is marked by a tangible feeling of oneness between band and audience. With a constant stream of stage-divers, the crowd takes on as much a role in the live presence as the band members themselves. This is a common thread amongst their peers Tiger’s Jaw too. Where in the past, we’ve seen more domineering bands, with huge stage persona that inhibit the free movement of the crowd through the stage. Not to say one is better, but the feeling of separation is all but lost with this niche of concertgoer. It would seem these next generation of music lovers are able find a connection with a more open or “indie” atmosphere. I heard people throughout the evening say, “It’s great to see people stage diving and smiling at a show..” as there was no lack of smiles or stage dives from opening bells to closing shots.
In the exclusive interview below, Title Fight vocalist and bassist, Ned Russin gets Blow The Scene readers up to speed on the making of Floral Green at Studio 4 with engineer Will Yip, the subsequent touring, the reception, plans for 2013, and much more.
Supporting acts Pianos Become The Teeth, Tiger’s Jaw, and Single Mothers are certainly no acts to sneeze at either. Following the trumpeting success of Pianos Become The Teeth’s most recent full-length, The Lack Long After on Topshelf Records, the band is set to release a split 7″ with Touché Amoré on January 22, 2013. Indie rockers Tiger’s Jaw are currently supporting a new split with Tiny Empires on Run For Cover Records while Ontario-based group Single Mothers has released a new video for “Christian Girls,” which comes from their self-titled 2011 EP. Single Mothers recently signed to Secret Voice recently, a new label founded by Jeremy Bolm of Touché Amoré.
We know you are here for the pictures and interview, so without further ado..
Interview by Blow The Scene Editor-in-Chief, Joshua T. Cohen
Photos by Blow The Scene’s Senior Staff Photographer, Dante Torrieri