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Title Fight, Hyperview (Anti Records)
CD Reviews: February 12, 2015

02/12/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Title Fight, Hyperview (Anti Records)

As you well know, sometimes a band’s sound changes so much it should really just change its name. This Pennsylvania foursome began proper-album life with 2011’s Shed, a raw proto-emo sandblasting that would have had me guessing at a Pennywise-like future when they grew up (not a lot of bands would want to spend entire careers trying to out-freak Drive Like Jehu or Joyce Manor, so don’t even start). But somewhere along the line, when these guys came upon that fork in the long-term-career road, they decided to abandon the all-ages crowd and explore 1980s-tinged shoegaze, or so it sounds to me. Past the lackadaisical singing, a lot of this new album’s material wouldn’t be insanely out of place as Joy Division B-sides, what with the angular chop of such sweet nothings as “Murder Your Memory.” A little math-rock does go on here (“Trace Me onto You”), as well as some primal scream therapy (“Rose of Sharon”), but overall this changeover sets its sights on the college-rock charts, not AbsolutePunk. I’d like to see more of such good judgment myself, but your mileage, of course, may vary. A Eric W. Saeger





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