Throw The Fight: From Pop-Punk to Metalcore and Still Continuing to Reinvigorate Their Sound

Selling over 40,000 albums and sharing stages with some of the biggest bands in the metal scene, Throw The Fight aren’t holding back when it comes to making their presence known.

From their release back in 2003, Minnesota-based hardcore band, Throw The Fight, have constantly strived to stand out from the masses. Evolving from their pop-punk roots to a more refined, heavier sound throughout the course of their career, the band assure fans that their best work is still yet to come.

Although relatively lesser-known across Europe, Throw The Fight have made quite a name for themselves across the US. Extensively touring across the country and sharing stages with monumental names such as Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach and Black Veil Brides, it is undeniable that the band have put the work in to get to where they are now.

Collectively selling over 40,000 albums and reaching an incredible 40 million streams on Spotify alone, Throw The Fight insist that, despite all their successes, they’re only just getting started.

Now, with the release of their upcoming album, Settle Your Sins, the band are set to send shockwaves throughout the industry with what promises to be their strongest release to date. 

Speaking with the band member, Ryan Baustert, earlier this month the guitarist reflects on the highlights of his career and explains what the future holds for Throw The Fight.

Looking back at the time since the band’s formation, Baustert explains how Throw The Fight’s sound has evolved over time for those unfamiliar with their work. He states: “I was really into pop-punk when we formed in 2003, so our early songs had that vibe. Bands like New Found Glory and Alkaline Trio have always been staples for me.”

He continues: “Over the years, we’ve gotten heavier and we’re all collectively into bands like Killswitch Engage, Every Time I Die, and Parkway Drive. For us, it’s always been about doing what’s best for the song in question”.

Supporting All That Remains thought their 2017 tour of Canada and touring with Bullet For My Valentine and Black Veil Brides back in 2013, it seems as though the band win the majority of their fans whilst on the road. 

Exploding onto the stage with every performance- demonstrating their hard-hitting riffs and an unchallenged eruption of energy from all members, it is the atmosphere that Throw The Fight generates which allows them to fully showcase their sound. 

Able to galvanise any audience from the first track they play, it is easy to see just how passionate the members are when it comes to their music. “[When it comes to playing live,] it’s the best part about being in a band” Baustert insists. “I think that if you’re in a rock band, being able to connect with your audience in a live setting is crucial.”

As for the uncertain future of live performance following the global COVID-19 pandemic, the band are staying optimistic that it’ll only enable them to progress further in the long-term.

Looking at the future of the music industry, Baustert is certain that enduring these turbulent circumstances together will help Throw The Fight to connect to their audiences to a greater extent. “Hopefully, it will find us being able to tour more and connect with people at shows live (whenever that becomes a thing again).” He says. “That’s the aspect we miss the most now. We just want to get the music out to as many people as possible. […] We plan on making it over to Europe for the first time in 2021.”

However, when it comes to their latest album, fans should be prepared to witness some of the band’s strongest work yet. Following an alteration to the lineup, with Kade Kastelitz now featuring as the band’s vocalist and bassist, Settle Your Sins promises to break expectations and provide the band with a new lease of life. 

With the singles from the album, including ‘Paper Wings’ and ‘Misery’, already fast-becoming fan-favourites, it is safe to presume that the new release is going to satisfy both new and devoted listeners alike.

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Throw The Fight’s upcoming album, Settle Your Sins, is due to be released on August 7th, 2020 via Bullet Tooth Records.

For the full interview with Ryan Baustert, click here!

Check out the artwork for Settle Your Sins below and to preorder the album, click here!

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