Throw The Fight is a five-piece rock band from Minneapolis, MN. The band combines many styles of music from punk and metal, to classic rock. They combine heavy riffs with solid beats and great vocal harmonies. TTF were selected in the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands to play the Vans Warped Tour in 2003 and 2005. TTF were also semi-finalists in the 2004 Zippo Hot Tour. Their strong work ethic has led them to share stages with The Matches, Melee, Limbeck, Break The Silence, Bleed The Sky, Quietdrive, 3 Inches of Blood, My American Heart, Dillenger 4, Fighting Jacks, Bowling For Soup, and The F-Ups.
The group was voted as one of ten unsigned bands to keep an eye on in 2006 by Alternative Press magazine. Their new e.p. “The Fire Within” was produced by World Record Productions (Mudvayne, Quietdrive, Soul Asylum) The disk is slated for a June release. Throw The Fight brings hard-fought experience along with their unique, intense live show and a sense of musicianship that is unrivaled in the music industry.
The band consists of James Clark(vocals), Ryan Baustert (guitar), Joey Ulrich (guitar), Aaron Huppert (bass) and Cory Huppert (drums). This band writes its songs as a band, not individually. Says Ryan, “Songwriting is definitely a group effort. We usually write all the music first and then do the vocals once we have a solid foundation for a song.” Once the band has written songs, they go through a process, which eventually leads them to recording. “When it gets time to record, we usually do rough demos of everything that we have. Then we bring them to our producer and decide which tracks are right to record. From there we do pre production on everything and then move on to the actual tracking,” said Ryan. From this process, the band has recorded its newest album, In Pursuit Of Tomorrow, to be out digitally on April 22nd and in stores in June.”
Ryan said, “We all have day jobs and the band is another full time job on top of those. James owns a painting company, I am a graphic designer, Aaron is in telecommunications, Joey is an estimator, and Cory runs a trucking company. We’re all working towards being able to support ourselves just playing in the band. But it’s a long way to the top, you know?”
The band has played over 275 shows in the last four or five years, with highlights ranging from being on the Vans Warped Tour to lows like playing to a less-than-crowded club now and then. The band’s next big show will be playing the Taste of Chaos at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium on March 4th. The band books all of its own shows, which can be a full time job within itself. “We’ve been doing it for so long that it’s a lot easier now, especially around the Midwest. The part that gets tough is when we try to head to new territory. So it gets a little trickier to fill those dates sometimes. We do show trades with bands all the time. We plan on touring as much as we possibly can and do everything possible to get the album heard by as many people as we can.”
You can get a taste of Throw the Fight’s music on their myspace site at www.myspace.com/throwthefight