Need a post-hardcore fix? Check out Title Fight

With Walter Schreifels continuously looking forward (with Rival Schools and other solo projects) rather than revisiting the past (Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand), I’m always on the lookout for post-hardcore bands that sound like 1994.

While Schreifels might not be interested in making that kind of music anymore, it’s not stopping him from working with bands that do. The singer recently worked with Pennsylvania’s Title Fight and produced their debut album, Shed, which is a great slice of aggressive guitar work and nearly barked vocals that still maintain a sense of melody.

Title Fight is part of the AP Tour, presented by Alternative Press, kicking off in October where they’ll be playing alongside Four Year Strong, Gallows, The Swellers and Sharks. Pre-sale tickets are available from August 1-5 at http://theaptour.ducatking.com/, and on sale on August 6.

THE AP TOUR FALL 2011
10-13 Allentown, PA (Crocodile Rock Café)
10-14 Baltimore, MD (Rams Head Live)
10-15 Philadelphia, PA (The Trocadero)
10-16 Boston, MA (House Of Blues)
10-18 Clifton Park, NY (Northern Lights)
10-19 New Haven, CT (Toad’s Place)
10-20 Montreal, QC (La Tulipe)
10-21 Toronto, ON (Phoenix Concert Theatre)
10-22 Columbus, OH (Newport Music Hall)
10-23 Pontiac, MI (The Crofoot)
10-25 Milwaukee, WI (Eagles Ballroom)
10-26 Chicago, IL (Metro)
10-27 St. Paul, MN (Station 4)
10-28 Kansas City, MO (The Beaumont Club)
10-29 Denver, CO (The Summit Music Hall)
10-31 Boise, ID (Knitting Factory)
11-01 Seattle, WA (El Corazon)
11-02 Portland, OR (Hawthorne Theater)
11-04 San Francisco, CA (The Regency Ballroom)
11-05 West Hollywood, CA (House Of Blues)
11-06 San Diego, CA (Soma)
11-08 Pomona, CA (The Glass House)
11-09 Mesa, AZ (The Nile Theater)
11-11 San Antonio, TX (White Rabbit)
11-12 Dallas, TX (House Of Blues)
11-13 Houston, TX (Warehouse Live)
11-15 Orlando, FL (Beacham Theater)
11-16 Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Culture Room)
11-17 St. Petersburg, FL (State Theater)
11-18 Atlanta, GA (The Masquerade)
11-19 Charlotte, NC (Amos’ Southend Music Hall)
11-20 Norfolk, VA (The NorVa)
11-22 New York, NY (Irving Plaza)
11-23 Sayreville, NJ (Starland Ballroom)
11-25 Pittsburgh, PA (Altar Bar)
11-26 Cleveland, OH (House Of Blues)

Evolution of “Boyz Are Gonna Rock” by Vinnie Vincent

Falling down the wormhole that is YouTube, I was revisiting some Vinnie Vincent Invasion songs after hearing of the former Kiss guitarist’s legal troubles. I’m not sure of the time period of the band Warrior, of which Vincent was a member (founder?) of, but I stumbled across a demo for the songs “Boyz Are Gonna Rock” which would later appear on the Vinnie Vincent Invasion debut album.

While there are very similar guitar intros and solos in both versions of the songs – and the chorus is nearly identical – the verses (both lyrically and structurally) are completely different.

Here’s the Warrior demo version.

Here’s the version that appears on the Vinnie Vincent Invasion album.

It got me to wondering why there was such a dramatic change between the original and the officially released version. Did Vincent decide the first version wasn’t something he wanted to release? Did the other members of the Vinnie Vincent Invasion bring their own thoughts and ideas to the songs? Did somebody at a label tell Vincent that he’d need to update the song to make it more marketable?
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