Throw the Fight

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Throw the Fight
Throw the Fight, 2010
Background information
Also known as TTF
Origin Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Genres Alternative rock[1]
Alternative metal[1]
Years active 2003 – 2014
Labels Cordless (2006 - 2012) / Bullet Tooth Records (2012 - current)
Website Throw the Fight Official Site
Members James Clark
Ryan Baustert
Jeff Baustert
Kyle Glidden
Jonathan Sutton
Past members Paul Kreuger
Brandon Kyllo
Joey Ulrich
Timothy Mueller
Aaron Huppert
Cory Huppert
Brooks Bohmbach
Brian Foster
Kevin Beck
Notable instruments
ESP LTD & Schecter guitars, Mesa Boogie cabs, Mesa Boogie & Krank heads, Splawn heads & cabs

Throw the Fight was an American alternative rock band originating from Minneapolis, Minnesota.


The Fire Within[edit]

Throw the Fight started out as a five-piece group in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The band recorded several demos and an eponymous three song EP with lead vocalist Brandon Kyllo. Years later, Paul Kreuger replaced Brandon as the band's vocalist and, collaboratively, the group began writing and recording their next EP, The Fire Within. While still recording their EP, which consisted of four tracks, Throw the Fight was voted as one of the Top Ten Unsigned Bands in the country by Alternative Press in 2006. Shortly after, Throw the Fight signed with Cordless Recordings - a digital label that is part of the Warner Music Group. With the widespread attention provided by the article and after garnering a larger fanbase, the band collectively decided to begin touring in support of the newly recorded EP. After a year and a half of touring, a lineup change occurred as James Clark replaced Paul who provided vocals for the band. Though previously a fundamentally sound musical group, Throw the Fight believed James fit in perfectly with the band's overall style and his sound better reflected the desired tone of the band. The new front man provided a new sound for the band, one that attracted Minnesota producer Matt Kirkwold.

In Pursuit of Tomorrow[edit]

With moderate mainstream acclaim from the EP, Throw the Fight continued to write and record songs for their first album. Receiving mostly positive reviews, In Pursuit of Tomorrow carried musical range from intense, screaming guitar melodies to classic metal to melancholy tones.[2] Throw the Fight, mainly concerned with their impression on their following, felt they had to stay true to their fan base with their first true album.[3] Attributing their success mainly to a particular "X Factor" unseen in other acts, they have also admitted that unity and teamwork within the band have aided in their accomplishments. They are currently in the studio writing and tracking new material for their second album.[2]

New demo material - 2010[edit]

The band is currently unsigned and recording / shopping new demo material for their third release while touring full time. They released their new single, Bloodshot Eyes, on July 20, 2010. The song can be heard online and is available digitally through iTunes, Amazon Mp3, Shockhound, Emusic and more.

John Feldmann confirmed to produce the band's second album[edit]

Throw the Fight announced on April 11, 2011 that John Feldmann (Story of the Year, The Used, Atreyu) will be producing the band's second album. A release date has yet to be determined.

Throw The Fight sign to Bullet Tooth Records / "What Doesn't Kill Us" in stores & online June 26, 2012[edit]

The band announced a new label partnership with Josh Grabelle and his label, Bullet Tooth Records, on March 26, 2012. The label will release their next album, "What Doesn't Kill Us," on June 26, 2012.

They will be releasing a B sides EP of songs that did not make the cut for What Dosn't kill us on March 19th called the Vault.

Breaking up[edit]

On June 24, 2014, they announced their break up with this message on their facebook page:

"To our fans and friends,

After 11 years of being a band, we have decided to move in another direction and focus on different areas of our lives (family, other careers, etc). We can look back on our years as Throw The Fight knowing that we have accomplished everything we set out to do and had a hell of a good time doing it! With that being said, it's time to see what else is out there for us personally and professionally. Change is good.

We want to thank our families, friends, fans, bands we've shared stages with and our team behind the band for all of the support that you've given us since Day 1. It means the world to us."

Also, announced their last show ever:

"We will be playing a final show on August 23rd at The Fine Line in Minneapolis with Emergent, 5th Hour and The Missing Letters. Details and ticket info will be coming later this week. It's going to be a night to remember. Don't miss it!

Thank you,

- Throw The Fight (Ryan, James, Jon, Jeff, Kyle)"


  • James Clark – Vocals
  • Ryan Baustert – Guitar
  • Jonathan Sutton - Guitar / vocals
  • Kyle Glidden - Bass / vocals
  • Jeff Baustert - Drums

Touring and Album Sales[edit]

As a group, Throw the Fight toured across the United States independently before joining a major tour circuit. Throw the Fight then became a part of the Warped Tour 2007 and performed July 13–22. The band also participated in the Taste of Chaos Tour 2008, namely the St. Paul stop of the tour, which took place on March 4. Throw the Fight toured alongside Drowning Pool in full support of their album In Pursuit of Tomorrow. The band has toured and shared stages with other national acts such as Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Staind, Chevelle, Lost Prophets, A Change of Pace, among many others.

On June 7, 2009, group vocalist James Clark was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Several tour dates were canceled while James was undergoing treatment. He has since made a full recovery.

Most recently, Throw the Fight toured the Midwest and East Coast with Metal Blade Records artist, Across the Sun from July 23 to August 15, 2010.

They toured with Bullet for my Valentine on the Outbreak Tour from 9/25 - 11/4 2013

Currently, the band has toured in over 30 states and sold 33,000 albums and digital singles collectively.


Albums and EPs[edit]

  • Throw the Fight (2003) (EP)
  • The Fire Within (2006) (EP)
  • In Pursuit of Tomorrow (2008) (Debut Album)
  • What Doesn't Kill Us (2012) (Sophomore Album)
  • The Vault (2013) (B side EP)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b - Throw The Fight (Debut album out now) - MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota - Rock / Metal / Alternative -
  2. ^ a b Throw The Fight
  3. ^ Frantik Magazine Online