Thursday evening saw the Philadelphia date of Balance and Composure’s first proper headlining tour; a nearly sold-out hometown show hosted at the beloved Union Transfer in Center City Philadelphia. Along with them for the ride this winter are LA’s recently resurrected The Jealous Sound and Balance’s hometown neighbors, Daylight, from Doylestown, PA.
Riding on the recent news of a forthcoming full-length album on Run For Cover Records, Daylight opened the show with a short, to-the-point set, playing mostly songs from their 2012 EP, The Difference Between Good and Bad Dreams (and denying shouted requests to play earlier material). Their set also included a freshly released track entitled “In on It” from the upcoming new record, as well as a lesson from vocalist Taylor Madison on applause cues, chiding the audience for their silence in between songs (out of jest or in seriousness, one can’t really be sure). Despite the band’s dry, somewhat alienating humor between songs, Daylight has made huge progress in tightening up their live show, serving up not frills nor filler but instead delivering a grungy-yet-tenacious performance by way of roaring, gritty vocals and loud distortion.
The Jealous Sound played next, delivering their brand of soft, melodic emotional rock with confidence and a firm grasp on their stage presence. The band has been active on-and-off for the last decade or so, but it’s clear that time, experience, and pride in their craft has given way for a ridiculously well-constructed live show. Vocalist Blair Shehan (of Knapsack fame) was on point, singing with candor and mirror-likeness to how he sounds on record, while fluidly sailing through a setlist weighed evenly between old Kill Them With Kindness material and newer cuts from 2012’s A Gentle Reminder. While sadly not receiving much of an audience response, The Jealous Sound took the performance in stride and with gracious good sport; Shehan joked with the audience with a fatherly-like attitude about the inevitable participation to come during Balance and Composure. “You guys gonna jump off the stage? Gonna crawl up this way? Gonna fingerpoint?”
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.
Rise Records have signed The Jealous Sound and will be reissuing the band’s last full-length, A Gentle Reminder. The release will feature four bonus tracks. The label will also be reissuing much of the other band’s discography throughout 2013 before a new album in 2014. Check out a lyric video for ”This is Where It Starts” below by clicking “Read More.”
Balance & Composure 2013 Headlining Tour
Farewell Continental will be supporting The Jealous Sound for a few days on tour this February. Check out the dates below by clicking “Read More”.