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Due to popular demand, Title Fight adds second Philly show with Westpoint and GIVE on Jan. 4

Due to popular demand, Title Fight adds second Philly show with Westpoint and GIVE on Jan. 4
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From a press release:

Due to “staggering popular demand,” a second Title Fight show at the First Unitarian Church has been added on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 at 8 p.m. after their scheduled Friday, Jan. 6 concert sold out almost immediately. The Kingston punk/shoegaze band, who have only played a handful of shows this year, will perform with fellow Kingston rockers Westpoint and Washington, D.C., hardcore punk band GIVE on both dates.

Tickets, which are $18-20, go on sale this Friday, Dec. 2 at noon via Ticketfly and free of service charges (cash only) at Long in the Tooth Records (2027 Sansom St., Philadelphia) during the shop’s regular business hours.

In addition to the First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St., Philadelphia) shows, all three bands will also be playing at the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, New York on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m.; tickets are still available on TicketWeb.

Releasing their third album, “Hyperview,” last year on Anti- Records, Title Fight is comprised of bassist/vocalist Ned Russin, guitarist/vocalist Jamie Rhoden, guitarist Shane Moran, and drummer Ben Russin.

In the summer of 2014, the band decamped to Studio 4 in Conshohocken where, with producer/engineer Will Yip, they had made their last three records to create “Hyperview,” the follow-up release to the band’s 2013 “Spring Songs” EP on Revelation Records.

“Hyperview” is a massive leap forward from previous releases and is difficult to accomplish with words. The vocals are remarkably muted and lovely when compared to the blood-curdling caterwauling of earlier work. The lyrics are almost defiantly opaque. And when it comes to the music, this is an album that renders futile the exercise of conceiving bands as sums of influences and of dutifully itemizing those influences. “Hyperview” can only be heard, and loved, as an artifact unto itself.

Formed in 2013, alternative rock band Westpoint will be releasing their self-titled debut LP on Nov. 18 via Triple-B Records.

Hailing from Washington, D.C., GIVE have brought a breath of fresh air to the punk/hardcore scene. Taking influences from Revolution Summer-era hardcore but with an undeniable style of their own, GIVE aren’t following trends or trying to fit in; they’re just putting music and lyrics first while putting everything they have into their notoriously explosive live shows.

Having already offered up an amazing self-titled, self-released debut 12-inch, then touring the country extensively and following that with two of 2010’s most exciting 7-inch EPs, the band shows no signs of letting up, staying connected to their eclectic influences of the past but constantly evolving, dashing headfirst into uncharted futures.

See photos from Title Fight’s record release show in Wilkes-Barre in 2015 here.