Title Fight Seek Something Different With Hyperview

Beloved Kingston, PA punk band Title Fight recently released their third full-length album, Hyperview, and took a noticeable departure from their gritty and straightforward sound. Delving into more creative songwriting instrumentally and lyrically, Title Fight’s newest effort gives a feeling of isolation and an indifference to the things that do surround them. The shimmering guitar riffs match with Jamie Rhoden’s more melancholy vocal deliveries, giving a sense of being lost in existential thoughts. Ultimately, Title Fight has taken their solid foundation of punk and morphed it into a more textured experience by taking elements from classic bands like The Smiths and the recent surge of shoegaze.

“Murder Your Memory” brings in Title Fight’s experimental record on a somber note, while “Chlorine” swiftly punches in with a more powerful guitar riff and hook. The first single off the album, it swings between hooks seamlessly as the dissonant and twangy guitar tones set the mood, along with the lyrics, “poison in your mood, chlorine eyes from you.” Slowing down on “Hypernight,” the band cycles through a solid beat as the verses inform some of the darker feelings of the record, which largely deal with how they want to see things purely as they are. “Mrahc” sweeps up quickly, in one of the best displays of how Title Fight has kept their punk roots and branched out sonically, the hook that introduces the song pushes it along for its entirety until it ends with a short guitar solo.

Rose Of Sharon” is one of the few times we hear some raw shouts from bassist Ned Russin, and they fit spectacularly well in the mix, almost drowning in the raging and textured instrumentals. “Trace Me Onto You” keeps up the more driving side of the album, blistering through most of the song before revisiting some earlier ideas, “hypernight belongs to me, I’ll never sleep quietly.” Continuing with the more experimental guitar side of things, this song goes through some intriguing bridges and transitions before it settles to rest. The album closes with “New Vision,” which continues to deal with the way we see things as the guitars create an aggressive yet dreamlike atmosphere. Rhoden’s voice barely crawls out of the mix as he reflects on the unknown, “tranquil rest, peace in death / sewn your own faint dream, followed unconditionally.”

Title Fight’s conscious attempt to create a work of art, rather than a heavy record, paid off in a solid release full of songs that feel like they were made for meditating punks. The songs are still loud, and most are still sure to get a crowd moving live, but the overarching sound and feel of the record shows that Title Fight is capable of much more than playing music for teens to mosh and stage dive to.

Pick up Hyperview here, download on bandcamp, or stream on Spotify below. Catch Title Fight playing Union Transfer with La Dispute and The Hotelier on March 26th. Get tickets here.

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