For the past five years much of the national DIY punk scene has been under the spell of emo, and Pennsylvania has proved fertile ground for bands reinventing the maligned genre. The state is home to a variety of takes on emo that have struck a chord with the greater punk world, including the jittery mess of defunct Philly trio Algernon Cadwallader and the sweet melodies of Scranton five-piece Tigers Jaw. Kingston foursome Title Fight
is considerably harder and more aggressive than many of its Pennsylvania peers, with a rough, crunchy sound that makes its pop hooks and vocal harmonies seem that much sharper and sweeter. On the new Floral Green
(SideOneDummy), razor-sharp guitar riffs roar skyward alongside grainy, howling vocals, and bass lines rumble beneath brash, snappy drumming. Title Fight is great at making catchy anthems out of what might sound like pell-mell noise, but I like it even better when they dial it down and get serene or even tender: the great "Head in the Ceiling Fan
" opens with a lone guitar that gets swept up into an oceanic melody. Fortunately, once you get used to the band's approach, you can hear that kind of grace in every song. —Leor Galil Pianos Become the Teeth, Single Mothers, and Face Reality open.