Reviewed by: Jordy Lyric
Pennsylvania residents’ Title Fight’s new record, Hyperview, is a departure. This is evident even in just the beginning of the first track, a dreamy, sleepy, emotive one. The band is punk, through and through since their debut in 2003, but this release is something else. Hyperview shows just what they’re capable of beyond the constraints of a genre.
The album is dreamy, rolling, and swimming. Though the punk is definitely still underneath the ripples, the album is bigger than just one punchy track after another. It’s not so much a quick or catchy punk fix; it’s more of a nod to a sophisticated but nineties elegance in production. It’s gorgeous, but it never sheds all of the dirt. As a fan, I’m not disappointed by the change. Rather, I’m really impressed.
Introspective and well put together, the record is artful, grunge-ish, and no less punk than the band’s previous releases. It’s emotional, it’s angsty, it’s mosh-worthy, and it’s beautiful. Hyperview is art, and even with a release early in 2015, it’s sure to make my end of year best list.