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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 →

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And now, here’s 45 seconds of Balance and Composure’s new album

Balance and Composure | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Balance and Composure | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

As one Facebook user so eloquently put it, “F*** THE FALL PUT SOME SHIT OUT NOW,” Doylestown alt rockers Balance and Composure just teased 45 seconds of their new album, due out in the fall of this year. The band posted a video today featuring a choppy black and white montage of each band member accompanied by lots of distortion and deep bass lines. As another commenter was quick to add, “Jesus died for this groove.” Continue reading →

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Pitchfork gazes into the future of Will Yip and Studio 4

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Pitchfork recently published a feature story about Will Yip, the celebrated and highly-regarded producer based in Conshohocken, and the studio and scene surrounding his work.

Yip has produced albums for numerous Pennsylvania bands, including Circa Survive, Title Fight, Tigers Jaw, Balance and Composure, Nothing, and Superheaven. He works out of Studio 4, a legendary area recording space run by Phil Nicolo. The article explores his work with some of these bands in-depth, observing their genre-bending tendencies that draw heavily from music of the latter 20th century. It also touches on the fact that Yip’s bands have reached younger generations that are constantly told underground music scenes are “dead”. Continue reading →

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Balance and Composure and Creepoid make a joint homecoming at the TLA

Balance and Composure | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Balance and Composure | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Doylestown’s Balance and Composure wrapped up their headlining tour Saturday night at Theater of Living Arts. They released their second album The Things We Think We’re Missing in fall of 2013 and have been on the road ever since. Saturday night they played all the jams from this album, along with some older stuff including songs off Separation. Ending a great set, B&C closed with “Notice Me,” a collective favorite among fans. Keeping with the heavy emo genre, California’s Seahaven was the opener during the whole tour. Vocalist Kyle Soto opened with an acoustic “Honey Bee” before getting down and heavy with the rest of the band for “Black and White.” Starting out the night were Philadelphia-bred noisemakers Creepoid (now based in Savannah) who joined the tour halfway through after a long run with Against Me!. Plenty of family and friends came out for the celebration of the two hometown bands. Check out the photos from the show in the gallery below. Continue reading →