Edmonton’s The Fight gave us a taste of their North America EP by sharing a couple of singles.
Bradey Feil (vocals), Todd Andrews (bass, vocals), Devin Fortier (guitar, vocals), Caleb Neumeier (guitar) and Erik Grice (drums, vocals) form The Fight, originating from Edmonton, Canada.
The band take a gruff approach to triumphant rock, packing their songs with distorted strums and sky-reaching hooks.
Listen to Ashtray, an instantly likable and super catchy track, with beautiful, deep vocals singing about making a relationship work and giving and receiving a second chance.
Their EP North America contains six fantastic songs, almost all carrying a one noun title, with clear guitar hooks, driving beats and vocals that remind me at times of The National and other baritone strong bands. That being said, there’s an undercurrent of bittersweet, cinematic melancholia running through North America. “Reckless” is steeped in nostalgia, while the crunchy riffs of “Smoke” are presented with a plodding tempo and downcast vocals, and the jackhammer drum crescendos of “Ashtray” are interspersed between glum breakup lyrics and moodily chiming guitars.
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Founded in 2010, Edmonton quintet The Fight have an uncanny ability to craft songs for the heartbroken and hipsters alike. There is an immediate pull towards their sound that resonates with listeners long after the song stops. Perhaps it is the relatable lyrics or steady but not overdone instrumentation.
Either way, their new EP North America is a concise six song set that makes something deep within you utter a “me too” sentiment. A band with the style of The Fight could easy slip into abstraction, which makes them more of an art band and thus make their music less approachable. The highest compliment I can give the group is that they have a relevant and confident soul that seems to push the music past the act of rock, fitting comfortably in the humanity of sound.
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Recorded over two years on the road, the album deals with relationships, the uncertainty of the road ahead, regret, and what it means to be human. It might be the perfect mix of melancholy and optimism. One listen will undoubtedly bring comparisons to The National, which while very accurate, is incomplete.
The Fight make music that transcend taste and discernment. They drive a pulsing energy deep into your soul as layered as the lives we lead. We are blessed with some truly great music at Ear to the Ground, but perched on top of that sonic hill of 2015 favorites is North America. Check out their stellar new EP and keep an eye out for the band to do some major touring in ’16.
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