Live Gig Underground - Cologne

Title Fight with Balance & Composure and Transit

Pukkelpop Festival 2011 - 18.08.2011 - Hasselt, Belgien(Dec/07/2011) 2011 was a great year for TITLE FIGHT. Their debut record "Shed" got great reviews all over the world and their shows have been constantly getting bigger (even if the venues stayed the same, more people attend). There are way more people attending than I've expected. I have seen acts like PATRICK STUMP, HEAVEN SHALL BURN or BLEEDING THROUGH playing in front of less kids than TITLE FIGHT do today.

First band on the bill are TRANSIT. The pop punk meets indie rock was really freshing this year. But it seems like most people don't know these five absolutly average looking dudes, which could live in the house next to you. This gives their performance a little bit more credability and honesty. Five lads just playing music with all their heart. The new songs taken off their recent recod "Listen & Forgive" are far better than the old ones, which are good as well. After almost fourty minutes the band leaves the stage and they might have won more than just one or two new fans.

BALANCE & COMPOSURE are up next. I didn't know the band before and I don't think I am going to take a closer listen to them. Their sound is close to TITLE FIGHT but it's even more concentrating on mid-tempo, which makes them sound almost like a post-rock band. The few spots of faster parts are what keeps me from falling asleep. But people like the band and some are singing along to the band's tunes.

Unterwegs in - © sumnersgraphicsinc - Fotolia.comThe fans are waiting for TITLE FIGHT. Right from the beginning people are jumping around in front of the stage, stage diving/crowd surfing or just singing along. People have fun during the band's set. They sound like punk rock meets 90's emo in the vein of MINERAL or TEXAS IS THE REASON.

Songs like 'Shed' or '27' are what the kids want to hear. All the stuff taken from the "Shed" album is what makes them move the most. But the group's earlier stuff is also familiar to most of the ones right in front of the stage. The band itself seems to enjoy the show as well even if they are not smiling most time of their show. But they look like they are grateful to play a show overseas in front of about 200 kids who paid to see them play.

After thirtyfive minutes and two more songs after the band's anthem '27' they are leaving the stage and say goodbye to Cologne, just to meet most of the sweating people in front of the merch table.

Text by © by Sebastian Berning