"Self Titled" By Fight The Fade (Tulsa, OK)/Post-Hardcore/Released July 2016
Tulsa, OK rockers Fight The Fade were formed in 2009 and began touring the following year, With a high energy live show and multiple well recorded releases under their belt the band has steadily been gaining a following and have earned slots in festival line ups such as Rocklahoma and the infamous Vans Warped Tour. In the summer of last year the band released their self titled third full length album.
Fight The Fade takes influence from a number of different artists genres such as alternative rock and hard rock but fit best in the realm of modern post-hardcore. Wall of sound style production is evident in their recordings with their use of heavy reverb, booming drums, and loud distorted guitars. Keys, synths and other electronics are also utilized adding a dramatic element to their compositions. Frontman Zene Smith is a powerful vocalist that has a soulful lilt to his voice that draws comparison to Jonny Craig, of Emarosa and Dance Gavin Dance fame. Smith’s emotion filled singing style well carries the anthemic songwriting and is a key factor to FTF’s overall sound.
Each of the album’s ten tracks tracks are never short on energy and power. Songs like “Legacy”, “Falling”, and album opener “Edge of Desire” put a big focus on mammoth choruses delivered with such conviction that listeners won’t be able to help singing along. “White Noise” includes a notable string section that gives the song a feeling of a cinematic epic. “Blue Windows” displays more of the band’s hardcore influence with its more aggressive sound and usage of screamed vocals. Album stand out “Colder” is a more calm track that focuses on moody, atmospheric elements and cleaner guitar tones.
Fight The Fade’s drive for perfection has turned them into a well oiled machine evidenced by this most recent beast of an album. The band’s focus on having big everything in their sound has made them into an arena rock act fit for the modern music scene. With every release surpassing the previous and no sign of slowing down the only direction to go for this quartet is up.