I listen to a lot of artists on the independent, West Coast-based label No Sleep Records (The Wonder Years, Into It. Over It., and Tigers Jaw to name a few), so naturally, I’ve browsed their roster. I’ve heard good things about the eye-catchingly named Balance and Composure from my friends in the alternative rock scene and through chatting with bands on Warped Tour (which is always a terrific sign because that tells you the band not only makes great music but are solid people). Since buying their 2011 debut full-length, Separation, I’ve been spinning the band nonstop.
Hailing from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Balance and Composure formed in the winter of 2007 and have been going nonstop ever since. In addition to their debut, the band has also released the I Just Want To Be Pure EP (2008), the Only Boundaries EP (2009), and a split with neighboring Scranton, PA band Tigers Jaw in 2010.
I love Balance and Composure because they are a hard-hitting rock band that doesn’t overwhelm you with screaming vocals or overpowering guitars. The beauty is in the details with this group, and you can hear the influences spanning multiple genres, ranging from early-90s alt rock bands like Nirvana to today’s hardcore bands such as Title Fight. Their themes are deep but not depressing thanks to poignant lyrics penned by singer/guitarists Jonathan Simmons and Andrew Slaymaker.
Balance and Composure’s quiet, pensive moments hit as hard as the loud, aggressive musical spots. The band creates amazingly serene, peaceful interludes before ripping apart the foundation with blasts of beautiful discord and balanced harmonies. Pair that with calculated and introspective lyrics (such as those found below in the title track from their debut), and you’ve got a recipe for my new favorite band.
Balance and Composure have become a familiar name in the indie rock scene through their intense live shows and by constantly touring with bands like Transit, Fireworks, Polar Bear Club, and Seahaven. The band just finished a nationwide headlining tour with All Get Out and Sainthood Reps and are gearing up for another North American tour with heavyweights Circa Survive and Touche Amore, which will most certainly amp up their street cred and propel them into the spotlight even more.
Check out Balance and Composure before they explode and catch them live here in LA with Circa Survive at Club Nokia on October 10th. I’ll leave you with the first song I heard by this group that completely blew my away. I hope it does the same for you.
Balance and Composure Tour Dates:
08/04 – Hevy Fest – Kent, United Kingdom
08/05 – Fleece – Bristol, United Kingdom
08/06 – Cockpit II – Leeds, United Kingdom
08/07 – Stereo – Glasgow, United Kingdom
08/08 – Moho Live – Manchester, United Kingdom
08/09 – Corporation – Sheffield, United Kingdom
08/10 – Borderline – London, United Kingdom
08/25 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
09/13 – Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
09/14 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
09/15 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
09/16 – Rams Head Live! – Baltimore, MD
09/18 – The Norva – Norfolk, VA
09/19 – Amos’ Southend Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
09/21 – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
09/22 – Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL
09/23 – Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL
09/26 – The Cannery – Nashville, TN
09/28 – House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
09/29 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
09/30 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
10/02 – Emo’s East – Austin, TX
10/03 – Sunset Station – San Antonio, TX
10/05 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
10/07 – Fox Theater – Pomona, CA
10/10 – Club Nokia La Live – Los Angeles, CA
10/11 – The Regency – San Francisco, CA
10/12 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
10/13 – Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA
10/15 – In the Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
10/16 – The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
10/18 – Granada – Lawrence, KS
10/19 – Cabooze On The West Bank – Minneapolis, MN
10/20 – Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
10/21 – The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
10/23 – The Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
10/24 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
10/25 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
10/26 – Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY