Throw the Fight

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Throw the Fight
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Throw the Fight press photo, 2013. Photo by Graham Fielder
Background information
Also known asTTF
OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Years active2003–present
LabelsCordless (2006 - 2012) / Bullet Tooth Records (2012 - 2018)
WebsiteThrow the Fight Official Site
MembersJames Clark
Ryan Baustert
Kris Weiser
Kade Kastelitz
Jeff Baustert

Throw the Fight is an American 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]

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.

Throw The Fight sign to Bullet Tooth Records / "What Doesn't Kill Us"[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 released a B-side EP called The Vault in 2013

in 2015 after a brief hiatus they reunited with 3 new members and recorded their follow up to What Doesn't Kill Us. It is set for a spring release through bullet tooth records.

Release Of Transmissions Album (2016)[edit]

The band released their third full length "Transmissions" on April 8.


  • James Clark – Vocals
  • Ryan Baustert – Guitar
  • Kris Weiser - Guitar
  • Kade Kastelitz - 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 2008 Taste of Chaos tour, 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 supported their Bullet Tooth release, "What Doesn't Kill Us", by touring with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Nonpoint, 3 Years Hollow, and others.

The band toured with Bullet for my Valentine, Black Veil Brides, and Stars in Stereo on the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour from September 25 through November 4, 2013.

Currently, the band has toured in over 35 states and sold 40,000 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)
  • Not So Hollywood (Pete Rage Remix) (2013) (Digital single)
  • Transmissions (2016)


  1. ^ a b "THROW THE FIGHT - Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Myspace.
  2. ^ a b "Throw The Fight".
  3. ^ "".

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