Title Fight - Floral Green
Released September 17, 2012 via SideOneDummy | Rating: 4/5 | By Rachel Owen
Having made their mark on the punk/hardcore scene with their anthemic SideOneDummy debut full-length 'Shed' last year, its follow-up isn't a great leap from the gritty, emotional and driving sound they carved out with that record. However, what the one-two punch of the powerful, raging opener 'Numb, But I Still Feel It' and the more infectious, melodic (but still raw and with a stunning guitar line) 'Leaf' show is that they're maturing in the best way, getting to grasps with mastering their craft, shooting through their sound with a '90s post-hardcore feel that owes more to the likes of Quicksand than the hardcore-infused pop punk of their early material. 'Like A Ritual' and 'Lefty' have nods to a more melodic, fuzzed out slacker college rock and 'Head In The Ceiling Fan' and closer 'In-between' slow things right down with shoegazer indie rock, showing that the Kingston quartet aren't afraid to spread their wings and expand their sound. 'Secret Society' is as close to grunge as they'll probably get, 'Sympathy' is equal measures intense and catchy, 'Frown' ebbs and flows with seemingly effortless dynamics and There may not be anything as instantly punchy as 'Symmetry' on this album but 'Floral Green' as a whole is a powerhouse of a release, shot through with passion and energy. Title Fight are growing into towering giants.