Typefighter Live At WAMU

By Ally Schweitzer

D.C.’s Typefighter has made big changes since it started out as a rootsier ensemble several years back. In 2009, it released “i want to see you game, boys, i want to see you brave,” a pretty, strummy EP in an indie-folk vein. These days, there’s not as much pretty in what Typefighter does. They sound more likely to pick a fight than pick a banjo.

The release of its 2013 single, “Much,” signaled Typefighter’s transition—loudly. The track was a power-pop zinger, and one of the catchiest rock songs to come out of D.C. all year (right up there with Sunwolf’s “Push It”). April 22, Typefighter dropped its propulsive, sing-along-worthy debut LP, “The End of Everything,” and that folkier Typefighter seemed to fade into memory forever.

So of course, when the quartet stopped by WAMU’s studios to play two songs from “The End Of Everything,” “Much” was at the top of our request list. They gave us exactly what we wanted—then followed that great single with a high-energy take on “You When You’re Older,” a song it’s kicked around for a while now but overhauled on the LP. Both songs were a blast to hear in the studio, and today, we share both with you. Enjoy.

Typefighter plays an album-release show at Rock & Roll Hotel May 3.