Balance And Composure, Cruel Hand, Slingshot Dakota
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM
This event is all ages
Having formed in 2003 while its members (bassist/vocalist Ned Russin, guitarist/vocalist Jamie Rhoden, guitarist Shane Moran, and drummer Ben Russin) were in middle school, the band’s juvenilia had begun in typically wobbly fashion. In 2011, Title Fight released their debut album, Shed, followed by their sophomore release Floral Green (2012). After spending almost a decade finding an approach that worked, Title Fight had voluntarily embarked on the road to finding another approach that would work — maybe even work better.
In comes Hyperview, the follow-up release to Title Fight's 2013 release the Spring Songs EP. Produced by Will Yip in Conshohocken, Pa, it is Title Fight's eagerly anticipated third full length album and their first with Anti-. Dreamy guitars weigh heavy and carry the meaning of the songs, while hazy vocals make the album feel like the soundtrack to a gorgeous dream. The listener is periodically struck by faint echoes of the familiar (the Floral Greenishly tuneful and driving “Chlorine”) and of the canonical (the incantatory pummel of My Bloody Valentine’s Isn’t Anything period, as on “New Vision”; a Scratch Acid bassline jarringly yet winningly resolving itself into a Chapterhouse swirl, as on “Hypernight”), this is an album that renders futile the exercise of conceiving bands as sums of influences, and of dutifully itemizing those influences. Hyperview can only be heard, and loved, as an artifact unto itself.
Balance And Composure
According to Balance and Composure, they can be loud, quiet and everything in between. A pretty apt description in a nutshell. Once you get down to an intricate school of thought, the lyricism of singer/guitarists Jonathan Simmons and Andrew Slaymaker show things in a different light. Having all met in the Philadelphia suburb of Doylestown, PA through mutual projects during their high school years, Balance and Composure decided to start what they called a "real band" once former projects dissolved. Once completing the formation of the band, Balance and Composure hit the ground running and have yet to look back.
A sonic assault melding influences such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Neutral Milk Hotel and Nirvana, their upcoming full length "Separation" adheres to the band's namesake. A cohesive listen of anthemic and melodic guitar blitzes with poignant lyricism, rhythmic thrusts and an abrasive pop knack in its overall deliverance, "Separation" churns in a fortified enclave of gutiar fuzz and impending rhythms that drive heavily. Balance and Composure may wear their love for early 90's underground alt rock on their sleeves, but they are in no way merely a "throwback" band as much as they are an outfit who respects their influences, and pushes them forward into brash sonic terrortory with the us vs. the world ethos of geniune punk rock.
After self releasing their first EP "I Just Want To Be Pure" in 2008, followed by their "Only Boundaries" EP and split EP with Tigers Jaw both on No Sleep Records, Balance and Composure are now on the verge of releasing their debut full length "Separation" out May 10th, 2011 on No Sleep Records.
Heavy music is alive and well. Cruel Hand moves on forward unscarred and unaffected by the trends.
Slingshot Dakota is a two-piece indie-punk band from Brooklyn, NY/Bethlehem, PA. Carly Comando sings and plays old sitcom theme songs. Tom Patterson plays drums loudly and sings, too. They released a new full-length record in Autumn of 2007, and are currently writing a new full length that will most likely be released in 2011.
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