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Watch the making of Balance and Composure’s The Things We Think We’re Missing at Studio 4

Balance and Composure | Photo by John Vettese
Balance and Composure | Photo by John Vettese

Doylestown rock outfit Balance and Composure recently released a half hour documentary on the making of The Things We Think We’re Missing. Featuring interviews with all the band members and Studio 4‘s Will Yip, the video takes you through every aspect of the album creation process. From writing the songs in a remote Pennsylvania cabin to recording them in Conshohocken, Balance and Composure fills us in on how the album was formed alongside their goofing around. According to the doc, guitarist Andrew Slaymaker almost lost his mind, and Bailey Van Ellis couldn’t stand drumming in the morning, but the result was more than worth it. Check out the documentary below, and keep an eye out for an upcoming Doylestown area show. Pick up The Things We Think We’re Missing via No Sleep Records here or stream it below.

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La Dispute’s Will Yip-produced new Rooms of the House will be released in March (playing Union Transfer 4/11)

La Dispute recently announced their next full length album, Rooms of the House due out March 18th via Better Living. Sure to be another heavy dose of experimental hardcore story telling, we should be expecting something that will “blow people’s minds away,” at least according to album producer Will Yip who posted a picture with La Dispute to Instagram the other day. A

After the countless hit albums Will Yip has produced at Studio 4 over the last year (The Wonder Years’ The Greatest Generation, Balance and Composure’s The Things We Think We’re Missing and Anthony Green’s Young Legs to name a few), it speaks volumes when he says “(this album is) unlike anything I’ve ever done.” Get caught up on La Dispute’s signature style of experimental hardcore with their 2011 release Wildlife below.

Keep an eye out on their website for tracks and pre order info. Also make sure to catch them on their North American tour, where they play Union Transfer on April 11th with Pianos Become the Teeth and Mansions. Tickets are available here.

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Hang out with Belgrade in the music video for “Venice on a Map”

Belgrade is a Philadelphia alt-rock band that borrows from space rock and shoegaze. The release of their self-titled full length album back in April has been stirring some attention for the five piece band that turns poppy melodies into reverb-drenched rock hooks. The single “Venice on a Map” is full of these; it’s made up of personal and relatable lyrics, along with the relentless bass line that keeps the song moving along. The song also features an echoing guitar solo and rolling drums that make for a very spaced out ending. Belgrade just released a music video for this track, montaging shots of the band and friends in California and Philly. Get a glimpse into the life of Belgrade below. Pick up their self-titled album physically here, or digitally from Bandcamp.

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Title Fight documents European tour in music video for “Be a Toy”

Title Fight | Photo by Allison Newbold | http://allynewbold.com/

Title Fight‘s latest release, a four song EP entitled Spring Songs, is another move forward for the Kingston punk band. Some of these songs could fit into their 2012 LP Floral Green, but others like the single “Be a Toy” are fuzzier and more laid-back than older releases. The guitars are as lazy as the vocals, as Jamie Rhoden sings “Being used / I’m used to it” in the most melancholy tone. This EP is definitely a change up for Title Fight, and it is awesome to see them write songs that sound different, but are just as good as their back catalog.

In the video for “Be a Toy,” Title Fight’s friend Susy Cereijo documents the band’s recent trip around Europe: showing show clips, the beauty they saw on their travels, and the band’s everyday life. Check out the retro video, which was shot on Super 8 film, below. Pick up Spring Songs here, or stream it after the jump.

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Koji Releases heartfelt EP Matters, recorded with Will Yip at Studio 4

Back in 2011, acoustic singer/songwriter Andrew Koji Shiraki entered Studio 4 with Will Yip to record some initial demos that are finally coming to light. As Koji traveled and toured with numerous artists like Into it. Over it. and Slingshot Dakota, Yip fleshed out these pieces into what we hear on Matters – another release of his punk-influenced acoustic rock that addresses deep topics.

Opening with “Hemlock,” Koji explores the changing of the seasons and himself. With comforting riffs, Koji passionately sings “I don’t know what this new season will bring…I’m a different man that I was one year before.” He continues his travels through his mind in the next song, “Like We Do,” where we hear him come to the realization that they can move on. Going through the turmoil of of an unfixable relationship, Koji completes this track by yearning for an answer, which he softly, and somewhat somberly, answers himself: “We will be fine after this / but the only question now is where are we to go?”

Throughout the entire EP, we hear pleasant riffs that accompany the ideas explored in the lyrics. While there are tough topics, Koji does a fantastic job of keeping the mood upbeat and though provoking. This is most well done in “Matters (of the Heart and Mind),” where he longs for more answers, saying “I want to know and I don’t  / Who decides these things / matters of the heart and mind?” This song, and a few others, incorporate violins to create desperate yet hopeful feeling. Koji’s voice is astounding, unique, and leads you though each song in storytelling fashion.

Exploring issues isn’t surprising to hear from Koji, as he has shown a love for traveling everywhere. While his music leads him around the world, it is obvious that he is much more relateable when he travels within himself for lyrical inspiration. Matters is evidence that it is possible to make in-depth music with only a guitar, a voice, and something worth singing about.

Stream the EP below, or download it for $2 via bandcamp.

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Anthony Green recording children’s album, releasing solo LP Young Legs 11/12

Anthony Green | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
Anthony Green | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

Philadelphia local and Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green recently announced that he is recording a children’s album. PropertyOfZack quotes Anthony as saying, “Recording demos for this children’s album that I’m trying to put out around Christmas. What makes a song a ‘kids’ song? Just because it’s for kids doesn’t mean it has to be dumb right?” It sounds like the recent birth of Anthony’s two sons may be the inspiration for some awesome sing-along indie rock hits about potty training.

In addition to these recent developments, Anthony is releasing his third solo album Young Legs November 12th. With his voice, songwriting skills, and the help of Will Yip at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, this is an album to look forward to. While Anthony’s other solo stuff is acoustic and influenced by folk, the first single of the new album, “Breaker” is led by piano and sounds spacier, more like Circa Survive.

You can listen to “Breaker” below, and pre-order the album here. Anthony will also be embarking on a month long US tour ending in Philadelphia on December 14th at Union Transfer. Find tickets to that show here.

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Tigers Jaw releases new song, “Hum,” off forthcoming LP

Tigers Jaw has gone through some band drama recently. What was previously reported as a breakup was more recently discovered as the departure of three members of the Pennsylvania punk outfit, but that has not stopped the core duo from performing and releasing new songs in the past few months.

Their newest single, “Hum,” is the first off of their fourth full length album which will be released in early 2014. Recorded with the staying and leaving members of Tigers Jaw at Studio 4, this song is every bit as lazy and groovy as the band ever was. Brianna Collin’s voice sounds wonderful, and it will not be a bad thing if she takes over more of the singing on the next record. With classic Tigers Jaw harmonies, the chorus bulks up as she and Ben Walsh sing “I’m always talkng in circles / I always think until i cant sleep / you are the leaves at my feet / you are the hum of electric heat / I kept myself away / but I’m starting to like the pain.”

The departing members of the bands will be missed, but this single shows that they can progress even through line up changes.

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