I covered A Fight You Can’t Win over a year ago when they played at Sneaky Pete’s as part of Sneakfest. They’ve released a new single, that you can download for free below, called Shout First/Last Words – have a listen.
Back when I saw them live, I said this:
My final pick from the event is A Fight You Can’t Win, an alternative grunge act with an edge of desperation and a handful of raucous songs. Their best track seemed to be Sitting Bull, a fist-pumping bass-heavy cruise missile of rock; the antidote, surely, to the war crime against music that was the X Factor’s “rock night” – though make sure to check out Oren Rath and Send. They take a fair amount of inspiration, vocally and melody-wise, from both Pulled Apart By Horses and Australian Black Sabbath groupies Wolfmother – the latter’s melodramatic, bared-teeth singing and the former’s crunching, explosive guitar. The audience, packed into the tiny venue that is Sneaky Pete’s bar loved every minute.
They say of Shout First/Last Words: “[it] marks the band’s evolution from the 2 minute-wonders of their first album to a more mature and complex sound. It reflects their musical and personal progression, building on the energy and dynamism the band has become renowned for.”
I think this new track – the first single since their debut album – shows progression from their previous work; the acoustic guitar introduction is great, brewing up their energy for the bombastic chorus, a more measured approach than their previous stuff.