NEW YOUNG ELECTRIC
“The disconnected, the lost young souls / I see you with your head down,” rasps Bradey Feil on The Fight’s first album, New Young Electric. These local rockers are all about trying to offer a bit of soul to the disconnected – whether it’s in the foursome’s Motown-punk rhythms or Feil’s lyrics about love, hope and defiance. “I’m not a broken man, I’ve got days to live / And I feel better than I’ve felt,” he raises his fist (and octaves) on Broken. Perhaps that’s the wrong choice of words. Despite their name, The Fight don’t want to get physical, unless it’s on the dance floor. Birds is an angular, blues-punk shaker reminiscent of The Hip and The Constantines while Take Back The City is a plea for peace. “No knives or guns tonight / No lost brothers, mothers holding candles,” Feil pleads over Todd Andrews’s stray-cat struttin’ bass and Erik Grice’s siren-like guitar. It’s the perfect anthem for the murder capital of Canada. New Young Electric is now available through thefight.bandcamp.com. The band will release the vinyl version on Thursday, Sept. 29 at Wunderbar.
3 1/2 stars out of 5
At the risk of “reducing” the band to a mere comparison of another band, New Young Electric by The Fight is one of the most exciting, non-adjective, Rock N Roll albums I’ve heard since first discovering The Constantines’ Shine a Light. Not only does vocalist Bradey Feil sound remarkably like Constantines lead vocalist Bry Webb in all his raspy desperation, but overall The Fight, like the Cons, are astonishing in their ability to consistently infuse onto their recorded songs the kind of imminent life-or-death energy that most bands struggle to achieve even with the volume and sweat of a particularly exhilarating live encounter.
Looking for a summer album? Well we found one for you! Get ready to add ’New Young Electric’ to your playlists. This 13 track album comes straight from the Edmonton band, The Fight. Their debut LP is definately nothing that you’ve heard this year. It’s raw, it’s emotional, it’s a group of guys who have put all their sweat and talent into one album to share with the world. You have to give The Fight credit for going outside the box and giving us a relaxing smooth selection of songs to choose from, we promise you’ll probably have 13 favorites. Songs like ‘Disconnected’ and‘Song For Jae’ give the album a touch of an old rock n roll feel with a modern twist. ‘Fortunes’ is also another favorite from the album, it will serve as a pick me up anthem for the summer for anyone going through a struggle. We warn you though, it’ll be hard not to want to fall in love with these guys with lyrics like, “If you need a shoulder, I’ve got you covered,” and ”You’re a diamond, you’re a diamond.” So, whether your going through a summer break up, searching for inspiration, or just looking for a new band to stalk, The Fight will have a little bit of everything for you in ‘New Young Electric.’
Honestly, this review is a little redundant. Everything I could possibly say about The Fight, I said back in November when I reviewed their debut EP, Birds. As I wrote then, The Fight sound like a combination of Bruce Springsteen and The Constantines, old-fashioned rock music with tinges of soul and punk, sung by a guy (in their case, Bradey Feil) who channels the very best parts of Springsteen and Bry Webb. The only real difference between Birds and New Young Electric is — as you’d expect when you compare an EP to an LP — length.
Considering, however, that my only complaint about Birds was that it was too short, that means that New Young Electric is just about the perfect album. The Fight may not be breaking any new ground with what they’re doing here, but as songs like “Take Back The City” and “Broken” show, they’re masters of making older sounds fresh and new and exciting — much like those two artists from which they draw so much inspiration.
Ordinarily, I might make the criticism that with so much passion on display, the whole thing becomes a little tiresome. That doesn’t apply here, however, as the band 1) keeps all their songs fairly short, and 2) had the presence of mind to stick their one quieter song, “Bones” smack dab in the middle, thereby breaking New Young Electric up nice and neatly.
In fact, if there’s a flaw on this album, I haven’t heard it yet. It’s not often that a band comes right out of the gate with a masterpiece, but going by New Young Electric, it’s clear that The Fight are no ordinary band.
Well, Canada strikes again. This time it’s with a group called The Fight from Edmonton who are about to release their first LP in July titled New Young Electric.
This thing is great. Solid tracks from start to finish that aren’t pretentious, contrived, or trying to be something they can’t be. They flow with ease from the second you drop the needle on the record. (ok, I don’t have the 180 gram vinyl yet but am definitely psyched they’ll be releasing one!)
The guys are putting out the record on their own startup label, Paperbird. I definitely take my hats off to them for doing that. These guys are putting in the effort all across the board and I hope it pays off. They’ve got solid material so it’d be a shame not to see the group and label take off.
I’m definitely psyched for the vinyl release. The Fight have put out a solid record and it’s one I’d be happy to add to my collection of fine wax. Some people like Fine China, I dig on Fine Wax. To each his own, right? My preference just sounds better.
TUSK Magazine Denver
Hailing out of Edmonton, Alberta; The Fight comes to Tusk this month with their latest contented – New Young Electric. An eclectic sound; combining some rock-a-billy and 80’s UK alt/punk with some modern stylings that are all their own, New Young Electric is an album worth listening to all the way through. I found myself drawing comparisons to Brian Setzer, The Godfathers, and The Church, although definitely not a mimic of any of them. The off, and reprise finish, with the track Tiger Song is one of those songs that makes you feel like it’s one of your old fav’s, even though it’s the first time you’ve heard it. Nothing exceedingly groundbreaking here, but i enjoyed this album very much and suspect I would enjoy a live show even more. Perfectly suited to a venue such as The Bluebird (TUSK’s neighbourhood teeter), or perhaps The Marquis, I look forward to their mile high debut. Go to http://newyoungelectric.com to listen for yourself, if you like what you hear – send ’em a shout out and lets see if we can bring a little northern diversity to town in 2012.
Figuring out who The Fight look to for inspiration isn’t difficult: as their debut Birds EP makes abundantly clear, they love them some Constantines.
Of course, it’s not quite so cut and dried. Frontman Bradey Feil may have strong echoes of Bry Webb in his vocals, but the more you listen the more you get the sense that it’s really Bruce Springsteen-via-Webb, in that his voice has plenty of grit to it, but it’s also got quite a bit of soul.
The Springsteen-via-Constantines (or is it the other way around? I can never remember. But I digress.) feel is even more obvious when you listen to the music. Just listen to “Easy Ally”: it’s Motown channeled through a rock’n’roll filter, which is pretty much the essence of early Springsteen, while the title track has the same feel, but with a bit of punk thrown in for good measure. It all adds up to make an EP that’s far, far too short, but one that also suggests The Fight may have a very bright future ahead of them.
Good Pop Bad Pop
I have given up on a lot of things as I have aged. Watched many of my dreams get washed away or set aflame. Some are just simply worn thin and tossed out like yesterday’s trash. Others I remove from my life with fury and discontent. There are some I simply aged too much or became unable to do due to physical limitations and others I was just too lazy to invest the work into. In my teenage years I was almost always changing my mind as to what I thought life both meant and how I would choose to spend it. There are many times I feel like I may have no dream left at all and yet the one thing I have never given up is the fight to find a new one.
This morning I had a nice new email from four fine Canadian lads Bradey Feil, Todd Andrews, Devin Fortier, Caleb Neumeier, and Erik Grice also known as The Fight. They took a trip to a cabin by a lake and came back to hide out in a small house for a bit recording and the results turned out to be three tracks posted up on Bandcamp. These three tracks make up the Birds EP and are filled to the brim with well produced crystal clear indie rock. Birds is a bass driven ride into the sky with an upbeat fun chorus and a howling breakdown at about the two-minute mark. Easy Alley dances along with a strutting swagger and vocals full solid advice about that dead beat man you just can’t give up. The final track Take Back The City is a rumbling force telling you to well, take back the city. The EP is available for free via their Bandcamp waiting and ready for you to have a listen.