*This review was composed by Justin Graci and edited by Erik van Rheenen
Balance & Composure have spent the last few years writing incredible music and supporting an occasional tour here and there, but the band has finally realized its potential and decided to do a full US headlining tour.
The first stop of the tour was at Cleveland’s favorite venue, The Grog Shop, and local act Runaway Brother kicked off the show with their quirky style of indie rock. The best thing about living in Cleveland is the amount of incredible local acts that the city has, and Runaway Brother is definitely a big part of that.
Daylight came out next and started things off with “On The Way to Dads,” off last year’s “The Difference in Good and Bad Dreams.” The band sounded better then ever as they blazed through the next 6 songs. They even played a new song off their new album, which is being released on Run For Cover records in the spring. The new song sounded great and it wouldn’t have been a proper Daylight set without Taylor Madison being what he called himself, “a dickhead,” and making the entire crowd laugh.
The Jealous Sound, a band that most of the crowd was unfamiliar with, killed it. Vocalist Blair Shehan sounded a lot like Alkaline Trio singer Matt Skiba, but not in a bad way at all. The band kept things going for a full 40 minutes without stopping, and left a pretty good impression on an unfamiliar crowd. With a recent signing to Rise Records, the band might just gain a ton of new fans.
Balance and Composure have been to Cleveland several times — and have even headlined a couple times — but has never played more then 6-8 songs. This time, the venue was half-full, showing a massive growth in their fan base over the past couple years.