Title Fight is a band that may have flown under the radar since forming in Northern Pennsylvania in 2003, but it has fine-tuned its music to a level that most artists dream of reaching. Starting off with music that would fall more into a pop-punk or post-hardcore realm, the quartet – guitarist/vocalist Jamie Rhoden, brothers Ned and Ben Russin on bass and drums, respectively, and guitarist Shane Moran – started a shift after the release of its widely praised second album, “Floral Green.” Keeping the edge from its debut, “Shed,” the band began to take influences not only from the earliest age of American emo music (a la American Football) but also started to throw in touches of shoegazer rock to keep things fresh and interesting.
This past year, the band delivered “Hyperview,” even more of a shoegazer-heavy record that, while anchored by Rhoden’s more subdued voice, swings between echoing chaotic riffs on songs like “Chlorine” and “Mhrac,” to slow, melodic soundscapes on “Murder Your Memory.” It’s a diverse and engaging record, and the fact that the band is part of a new trend of experimental post-hardcore and punk bands is refreshing and exciting.
When Title Fight hits Waiting Room (3343 Delaware Ave.) for a show Oct. 23, you can expect to hear a sonically diverse show for fans of both harder rock and punk, as well as fans of moody shoegaze. Also expect to see some crowd-surfing bodies, but be prepared for beautiful layering and sonic textures. Look for the head nodding and closed eyes, too. Those are the moments to listen for.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15-$17 (box office, Ticketfly.com).
– Kris Kielich