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Title Fight – Floral Green

Becci Stanley

Triangle

It’s taken a long while for Title Fight to rise from small local shows in their hometown of Pennsylvania, to the dedicated followers and European tours they have now. With two records already in the belt since forming in 2003, Floral Green was their much anticipated third studio release, and a lot was riding on this album. The anticipation almost too much to handle, but upon hearing, I am happy to say it was well and truly worth the wait, and shows why Title Fight are at the forefront of their musical scene.

Although Floral Green’s sound doesn’t differ much from its predecessor Shed, it offers an emotional yet raw sound to their already hardened approach towards music and shows that they know what they do best, but they also know how to polish it until it’s perfect. Opening track Numb, But I Still Feel It offers a driving, energetic charge into the album with guitars cranked up to 11 and a pounding drum roll until vocalists Jamie Rhoden and Ned Russin storm into the mix with visceral shouting, pushing their talents to the limits.

Similar to popular song Symmetry, Sympathy is a perfect example of Title Fight doing what they do best, but pushing it that extra bit further. A melodic and controlled wave of guitar hooks with a gritty hardcore edge desperately crying “Never wanted sympathy, just wanted to be something”, a sentiment many of their fans can relate to and themes attracting an ever-growing fan base towards them. Meanwhile Head In The Ceiling Fan offers a softer sound into the mixed. Released as a free download, this song has a slower and sombre sound, showing that Title Fight are capable of much more than meets the eyes, or ears.

Other notable tracks include that of Lefty, also another variation from what people expect of Title Fight. A slow and soothing song ready to lull you slowly into the end of the album with a progression of guitars, synth and then jolting you out of your comfort zone with shouts, yet continually soothing guitar twangs here and there making this a relatively slow and ambient song…for Title Fight at least.
Make You Cry is also a perfect song in my opinion. Starting relatively quiet with guitars almost reminiscent of old Western movies, before plunging into what Title Fight are good at, lots of shouting, and fantastic finger work on guitars.

I wasn’t entirely sure how Title Fight could follow up an album like Shed which highlighted them to the general public, but they delivered with this brilliant slice of musical wonderment. Title Fight have come a long way since their humble beginnings, have vastly improved what they are already brilliant at and have produced at album that many will surely be playing non-stop for a long while to come.

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