Rock It: Local band Fight Like Sin to celebrate EP release at the Hideaway

Posted on November 14, 2013


Rock It: Local band Fight Like Sin to celebrate EP release at the Hideaway

Fight Like Sin (Photo Provided)

Fight Like Sin (Photo Provided)

By: Rachael Mattice

“I’ve always really liked a gritty, clean vocal because lyrics kind of get lost on people when you can’t understand what they are saying,” said Cody Hughes, the lead vocalist and guitarist for a new Lafayette heavy rock band, Fight Like Sin.

Many music lovers share Hughes’ taste – they want to be able to understand the words out of the vocalist’s mouth, finding the perfect medium between metal and basic rock to belt out and connect with. With that clear diction, the ability to bounce between acoustic and metal, and on-key harmonies, Fight Like Sin is a radio-primed heavy rock band.

Although Fight Like Sin’s sound is not yet fully defined, the band is releasing its three-song EP titled “Surrender Nothing” at 9 p.m. Friday at the Hideaway. Hughes calls it a “good representation of heavier and mild melodic rock.”

“Surrender Nothing” features top-notch production by Brian “Bone” Thornburn of Threshold Studios on songs “I Was Nowhere,” “All On Me,” and the band’s latest compilation, “The Black,” which could be mistaken for a Skillet or Three Days Grace song.

About the band

Officially formed in 2012, Fight Like Sin includes vocalist and guitarist Hughes, drummer Tim Stepp, bassist Blake Balensiefer and guitarist Matt Holmes. The four friends met in high school band and guitar club 13 years ago.

If their names don’t sound familiar to alumni of Benton Central and McCutcheon high schools, all have past local music projects including Hindsight, Suncruiser, Mainstay Profile and Chemcoma.

Straying away from mythical references like many rock and metal bands, Hughes said the band’s name comes from TV. He was songwriting with a popular “redneck” reality show on in the background – he can’t remember which – when one of the stars referred to wrestling an alligator with “fight like sin.” The line was hilarious to Hughes, yet had the same aggressive, driving notion as the band’s premise. Hughes and Stepp solidified the title.

Once the band decided on a name, Fight Like Sin arranged its first live performance, at the Animal House in Frankfort with the Mound Builders and Only Human. According to Hughes, the show was a success, with hordes of friends and family singing along and banging heads in support, even without merchandise or a tangible album.

But Fight Like Sin’s first Lafayette show, scheduled at the Hideaway, was canceled after Stepp had a horrific accident while on the job as a mechanic, crushing a finger on his left hand and keeping him from drumming for three weeks afterward.

Fight Like Sin’s future

The band also plans to release a full-length album by the end of the year. Hughes said Fight Like Sin also has a goal of obtaining a licensing opportunity to get its music on TV, earning some extra cash and giving the band exposure.

“Ever since I started playing music, I just wanted it to be my full-time day job. I’d love to tour and record labels definitely help make that happen a lot easier by providing a van or bus, but they aren’t a necessity anymore. I think the fans will support us no matter what, even if our EP is eventually available for free. I just want them to come to our shows.”

To get a copy of Fight Like Sin’s EP “Surrender Nothing,” check out the EP release party or visit

Cody Hughes’ ‘first guitar’ story

“I was in an accident when I was 13 because I was big into sports,” Hughes said. “I got a concussion and skull fracture so I had to quit playing.”

“One suggestion was to try and keep my nerves up by playing guitar. My friend had a spare bass guitar that I could use. I picked it up quickly on my own with all the extra time I had not playing sports.”

“That summer, I got a job detassling corn. I met a guy that worked there with me and we started a band. He told me he would teach me how to play six string guitar.

“At the end of the summer, I had $300 and I went to (McGuire Music) and picked up a Squier Stratocaster and got an amp and guitar strap.”

Mattice is a producer and music journalist for the Journal & Courier. She can be reached  on Twitter @RachaelM_JC.

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