New Young Electric
Release: Digital / 180gram Vinyl
Original Release Date: July 5, 2011
Re-Released on Open Circles: October 2, 2012
Tracklisting: Tigersong / Fortunes / Electric Avenue / Bones / Mary / Disconnected / Birds / Houses / Broken / American Dreams / Take Back the City / Song for Jae / Tigersong (reprise)
Recorded: January 2011 by Robbie ‘Top Shelf’ Gwilliam
Mastered: Robb Morrison
Keys: Chris Neville
Additional Vocals on “Birds”: Jessica Wilson
Additional Vocals on “Broken”, “Houses” and “Take Back The City”: Dagan Harding
Cover Photo: Abby Hutchison
Design: Bradey Feil and Erik Grice
Thank you to our families for all their love and support, Maddy Knight, Bonnie Ings, Dagan Harding, Lauren Ashley, Justine Bell, Sandy Joe Karpetz, Brent Oliver, Blair Drover, Brad Goddard, Sean Bliss, Steve Derpack, Drew McIntosh, Jessi-Anne Reeves, Rob Morrison, Robbie Gwilliam, Mikey McCaffry, Anna Righetti, Marc Morin, Katie Tasa, Ryan Maksymic, Ayla Brook, Vicky Rogers, Jason Allen, Chris Neville, Sadeeq Hudda, Kaitlen Arundale, Michelle Britton, Phillip Muz, Richard Hugh Thompson, Spencer Brown, Alisha Valentine, Dallas Whitley, Chelsee Ivan, Matt Kraus, Andy Fitzimmons, Abby Hutchison, Jessica Wilson, Michael Dawson, Ryan Drabble, Darcy Buffalo, Cara Chow, Steam Whistle Pilsner, The Black Dog, Tubby Dog, Broken City, Palomino, The Pawn Shop, The Exchange, Desiderata, Two Hours Traffic, Library Voices, Northcote, Fire Next Time, Despistado, Young Ones, The Wicks, Slates, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Owls By Nature, Miesha & The Spanks, Audio/Rocketry, Falklands, Treelines, Ben Stevenson & The Wondertones, Michael Rault, The Weekend Kids, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck and everyone that has come to a show, played with us, lent us a floor or generally been kind to us. We love you all.
“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.