Its easy to affix continental blinders when exploring burgeoning music these days. But when the blinders come off, one remembers exactly how talented our musical neighbors to the north are, and Edmontons The Fight are no exception. These guys hold a ton of promise for a band that formed a mere two years ago.
New Young Electric is the debut offering from the prairie rockers, released on the bands own young label, Paperbird. The LP balances on the raspy, soulful vocals of Bradey Daeland Feil, paired with the restless, hopeful, punk-inspired contributions of instrumentalists Todd Andrews, Devin Fortier, and Erik Grice. The Fight’s juxtaposition of angst-y, modern disconnect and easygoing, flowing rhythms works, especially when peppered with anathematic, light rockers. For example, Tiger Song works as a short but intense opener, wrought with hushed chanting that bubbles over into a short and melodic introduction before giving way to Fortunes, a soulful, soaring pop standout that anchors the album’s first half.
The album’s delicate balance of sunny and dark flaunts its attitude memorably on Birds, featuring a nod to punk legends Television, as the trippy guitar line from the classic Marquee Moon can be heard lurking in the background. This rough-edged punk gives way to the sweet-sounding Houses, a young lovers restless confessions grounded with innocent backing vocals. The majority of The Fights songs are built on repetitive and simple guitar riffs that unfold as the other instruments complicate this foundation, giving New Young Electric a mid-’90s pop rock tone with a touch of punk fury, augmented by scratchy, soulful vocals.
Essential Tracks: Fortunes, Birds, and Houses