Episode 187: Ned Russin

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Title Fight bassist/vocalist Ned Russin stopped by Going Off Track with guest host Benny Horowitz (The Gaslight Anthem) to discuss record collecting, moving to New York and if violence is an inherent part of hardcore music. We also discuss David Foster Wallace’s influence on Russin’s writing, why it’s so important to put yourself in other people’s shoes and scene politics versus artistic expression. “Hardcore is almost so self-aware that the template has been laid since day and one and granted it’s changed a little over time but  it’s hard to be original and not be criticizied for doing something different,” Russin explains at one point, citing Youth Of Today as his main inspiration and the fact that many of their successor’s lacked a level of sincerity. If you haven’t listened to Title Fight’s latest album Hyperview yet, it’s a great companion to this interview and illustrates why Title Fight are one of the biggest bands in their world right now… regardless of how you want to categorize their music.