Friday, April 29, 2011
Title Fight - Shed
There are a few albums in this world that will make you fall in love with the band immediately. I mean, right fucking away. I'll put myself on the line as to say that Shed by Title Fight is one of those albums. The first song on the album, "Coxton Yard" just kicks you in the fucking head to make sure you're paying attention to what's going on, because it's important. These Pennsylvanian dudes went into the studio with Walter Schreifels of Gorilla Biscuits/Quicksand and created one of the best albums of this new decade. Think Lifetime + energy drinks.
This album is basically one kick to the head after another. Every song sounds full as fuck. Everything that should've been done with the song, was done with the song. There's no room for error. These guys stand on the shoulders of giants and become giants themselves with this debut full length. They earned quite a reputation for a band with just splits and EPs out, but they definitely deserve every bit of recognition. My main issue is that they're not playing Fest this year, what the hell? You guys need to get on it!
I don't know if it's really necessary for me to list my favorite tracks or anything for this album, because all of it is solid. I mean, "Flood of '72" clearly stands out as an awesome song, which is hard to do when surrounded by other awesome songs, but it happens. "Society" sounds like something straight out of a Lifetime album and into your brain. "Crescent-Shaped Depression" sounds like indifference mixed with angst mixed with musical awesomeitude. It's a pretty great experience. "Where Am I?" sounds like they just toured with The Pixies and a little bit of their dust rubbed off on them. "Your Screen Door" sounds like another necessary kick to the fucking skull. "27" sounds like a fucking round house kick to your noggin.
"Stab" sounds like a Gorilla Biscuit definitely produced this mother fucker, and did a great job. Everything is mixed so perfectly. It sounds dirty and crisp at the same time, and they definitely achieved the perfect guitar tones for this album. The drums sound beautiful and while I may not find the bass as audible as I like it to be, it's still mixed in there pretty nicely. The album ends with a cathartic build up into a nihilistic fall apart with a nice bass featurette for everything to die out to. What's not to fucking like here?
So yeah, I'm gushing over it. You try not to do the same. Seriously, go listen to it.