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Just Announced: Balance and Composure to play 10th anniversary show at the Church in January

Balance & Composure | Photo by Sydney Schaefer

Somehow, it’s already time to start planning what shows to attend in 2018. Local favorites Balance and Composure make it easy, with the announcement that they’ll be kicking off the new year with a tour celebrating their 10th anniversary. The Doylestown alt-rockers formed in 2007 and have released three full-lengths, including last year’s Light We Made. Continue reading →

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Watch Balance and Composure cover the Tigers Jaw deep cut “Coil/Recoil”

Balance and Composure | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Balance and Composure are spreading some Scranton love, performing a stripped-down cover of Tigers Jaw’s “Coil/Recoil” from the 2010 record Two Worlds for Z100 New York. Rocking just enough flannel in front of a caffeinated backdrop, the Doylestown quintet clapped their way to an intimate version of a TJ deep cut (and boy, do they nail it). Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Balance and Composure at Union Transfer, Rosali at Hi5 Studios, Field Mouse at Boot and Saddle and more

Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist
Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist

Doylestown’s Balance and Composure blesses Union Transfer tonight, in support of their 2016 release Light We Made. Bringing along vulnerable emos Foxing and Philly’s own Mercury Girls (check out our Studio Session with them here), this gig should tug at some heartstrings. Watch the music video for Balance and Composure’s “Postcard” below, and more information can be found on the WXPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Gear up for Halloween with this spooky mix by Mercury Girls

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Mercury Girls | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The members of the Philly indie-pop band Mercury Girls took some time out of their busy tour schedule to create a deliciously spooky 31 song mixtape called The Halloween Party. If you’re as sick as I am of hearing “Monster Mash” at Halloween parties, then this mixtape should be an enthusiastically welcomed alternative. Continue reading →

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Balance and Composure debut #LightWeMade at Boot and Saddle

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Balance and Composure | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

For month now, Balance and Composure have been teasing everyone about their new album, Light We Made, ever since the band made an Instagram post back in April that was captioned, “the record is finished.” To say a new Balance album was highly anticipated is truly an understatement, so naturally, everyone lost their shit. The day finally came yesterday when Light We Made was released for everyone to hear. Front man, Jon Simmons, took to Twitter with directions for everyone listening to the album: “Light we made is out. Turn the lights low, play it loud, get lost.” And that’s exactly what you should do when listening to this album.

With every new album, Balance seems to be changing and evolving their sound and craft, getting better and better each time. The evolution of this band in absolutely astonishing — from their first full-length release, Separation, in 2011, to their 2013 release, The Things We Think We’re Missing, to now, Light We Made. Every album is so different, yet is just so Balance and Composure. Gotta give these guys a hand. Continue reading →

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Balance and Composure continue their bad trip in the new video for “Afterparty”

Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist
Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist

Just days before the release of their hotly anticipated third album, Light We Made, Philly alt-rockers Balance and Composure have shared a new visual for “Afterparty,” which follows the previously released video for “Postcard.” The clip acts as a continuation of “Postcard,” which saw the band in an almost catatonic state as they tripped balls in a dark house. After coming down a bit, they’ve mobilized, taking their trip on a tour of the city. Continue reading →

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Balance and Composure will celebrate Light We Made with an intimate release party at Boot and Saddle

Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist
Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist

We’re counting down seven days till regional punk scene faves Balance and Composure unleash their latest work, Light We Made, upon the world. It’s a dark and daring album, breaking down the walls of guitars that made The Things We Think We’re Missing and Separation so heavy and incorporating other tones and textures that are just as gripping.

In short: it’s their best album, by far. And even though the lead-off singles generated a bit of comment-section backlash from tough-guy listeners who just want to rage, with no risk comes no reward, and this record is a bold collection poised to do big things. And, as it turns out, local fans will get an early chance to celebrate. Continue reading →

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Get dizzy with Balance and Composure’s “Spinning”

Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist
Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist

Doylestown alt-rockers Balance and Composure continue to explore their new, atmospheric sound with “Spinning,” the third cut shared from the imminent Light We Made. This follows the previously released “Postcard” and “Afterpary” and sees the band “balancing” (ha ha) their newfound appreciation for washy textures with the same pounding drums and angst that made previous efforts so captivating. Continue reading →

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Balance and Composure makes their long-awaited return with “Postcard,” stacked tour with Foxing and Mercury Girls

Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist
Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist

It’s been radio silence from spectral Doylestown rock five-piece Balance and Composure for the better part of a year now, so we knew something big was brewing. The band has been working hard at Studio 4 in Conshy with regular collaborator and good buddy Will Yip on the production boards, and today just announced their third album, Light We Made, which is due out on October 7th via Vagrant Records. Continue reading →