INTO THE SONG: The First To Fight - The Saddest Champion

The First To Fight is an emo and indie rock band from Salem, SC. The band consists of Doc Figh (vocals/rhythm guitar), Cameron “Spaceman” Price (lead guitar) and Joel “Chopper” Green (bass).

8/21/20232 min read

The First To Fight is an emo and indie rock band from Salem, SC. The band consists of Doc Figh (vocals/rhythm guitar), Cameron “Spaceman” Price (lead guitar) and Joel “Chopper” Green (bass). Immediately when I hit play, I was met by a great sound. The band goes by a loud/soft dynamic and this truly made the music that much more compelling. I thought Figh’s vocals were haunting and searing and he definitely brings the emotionality to the equation. The band’s performance was on-point through their latest album The Saddest Champion.

The Saddest Champion opens up with “Limes,” where some chord progressions on the acoustic guitar lights up the sounds. It made for a very melodic song. Next, Figh’s dynamic vocals arrive. Though simply rendered, it made for an emotionally powerful listening experience. I liked how mid-way into the track, the sound opens up for a fuller sound. Figh ups the ante with his highly emotional vocal styles. Some more guitars enter the vibes on “Just Sorry.” Next, the melee of sounds arises for an energetic feel. The bouncy rhythms and beats were really great. More guitars arrive on “Passion In Blue.” Starting with a loud/quiet dynamic, the vibe will definitely keep you on your toes. Figh belts out the lyrics with tons of mood and feeling. This felt like a moody and emo track with a touch of grunge to it.

Some more strumming on the guitar enters the vibes for a display of sound on “Fine.” Next, the drums and more arrive. Everything comes together to great effect here. Loving his emo vibes on this song. Starting off with some acoustic guitar, the sparse vibes really spoke to me on “Shakespeare In White.” Figh’s vocals come in alongside some drumming beats. Next, the radioactive electric guitars arrive for a fuller sound. The vibe was really upbeat and energetic, which I enjoyed. Figh shouts out the lyrics with feeling and gusto.

“Cherryhill” immediately segues from the previous song. Some stripped back electric guitars enter the sound. The stop and go motion of the guitars made for a great sound. The track sounded more like a slow burn. The band sounds a lot like Taking Back Sunday here.

On “1926,” some more moody vibes come from the guitar and bass. Figh’s vocals are smoldering. The pensive and moody atmosphere of this song will definitely grow on you. I liked how the band takes their time. There was absolutely no rush. Next, the sound opens up for a more dynamic feel.

On “Florida’s Not Home Anymore,” some acute strumming from the electric guitar comes in. The sound is stripped back. Gradually, Figh’s soft vocals come through. This was a simply rendered song with great emotionality. I liked how the momentum of this song builds and eventually erupts into a burst of sound. This was definitely a blast to listen to. Some moody electric guitar comes in on “Closing Credits Theme (Don’s Song).” The vibe was very stripped back as Figh sings over a bed of guitars. Next, the sound grows more adamant as more instrumentals join in. This proved to be a moving way for the band to send us off.

There’s tons to appreciate here from the driven guitar to Figh’s unique and emotionally powerful vocals. The band throws everything they have into their music and the results are like an explosion of sound. I was pleasantly surprised by this record and can’t wait to hear more from the band soon!

by M.M.S.