The 2017 concert year unofficially began Tuesday night in Cambridge, with the area’s first big ticket concert. Kingston, PA rockers Title Fight opened up the alternative music calendar with a rousing, high energy show at The Sinclair. Title Fight, still touring behind their 2015 album “Hyperview” played to a sold out crowd at the intimate Cambridge venue.
Throughout energetic opening sets by Westpoint and GIVE the sold out crowd remained mainly idle, albeit still appearing to enjoy both band’s sets. GIVE’s set feature a much more intense, hardcore punk vibe to it, while the band even at one point covered hardcore titans Turnstile. But while the crowd remained mostly tame throughout the openers – perhaps nursing holiday hangovers – it didn’t take them long to come to life as Title Fight launched into the song “Shed” only two songs into their set. The opening notes of “Shed” set off a fast moving mosh pit and a barrage of crowd surfers that would rarely slow down for the rest of the evening.
One of the few times things did simmer down though, was on the shoegaze track “Murder Your Memory” a song with a droning chorus and a pedal board’s worth of guitar effects. The latter song is from the aforementioned “Hyperview” album that Title Fight released in 2015. “Hyperview” marked a drastic change in style for Title Fight as they directed their sound more towards shoegazing, melodic rock sound. The album received a mixed response from Title Fight fans, some of which missed the fast, loud, angst filled anthems from previous records.
However the core fans of the band remained, and are still there today. Those very core fans were elated as the band played classics like “27” and “Leaf” which were met by fans jumping on each other’s backs towards the band and screaming the lyrics back to them. After going back to the new album for a couple tracks – “Rose of Sharon” and “Your Pain Is Mine Now” – Title Fight elected to forego the false encore break and instead decided to end the show with a pair of high energy classics – “Head in the Ceiling Fan” and “Secret Society.”
As the house lights came up, The Sinclair was a sea of sweaty, angsty youths catching their breath and running to grab water. While Title Fight may have gone in a new direction on their most recent album, they still know how to throw down and ignite a crowd. Where the band goes from here in terms of style is anybody’s guess, but wherever they go, Title Fight’s core fans will follow, ready, willing, and able to work up a sweat at any show they play.