I first had the fortune of coming across Balance and Composure last year, but sadly did not give them the full attention that they deserve. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I started to listen to them, and by listen to them I mean religiously.
Something about their true classic punk style mixed with the vocalist reminiscently, but his unique voice hooked me in. One of the things that drew me to this band is how much Jon Simmons, vocalist, sounds like a darker punk version of Max Bemis from Say Anything and the melodies are something straight off of a Brand New album.
It’s safe to say that I was very happy to hear that B&C would be releasing a follow up to their catapulting album ‘Separation’.'The Things We Think We’re Missing’ is a great album and carries on the one of a kind sound this group has.
The opening track ‘Parachutes’ has a beautiful melodic guitar riffs that fight against and work perfectly with the vocals. This song is alive and the definition of B&C. I will admit that their sound has progressed and matured since their last album. It’s only natural for that to happen, but for fans of this band expect a little more experimental sounds and textures thrown in throughout the album.
Much of the new sounds and influences may be thanks to producer Will Yip, Title Fight and Circa Survive, mixer Brad Wood, Sunny Day Real Estate and Smashing Pumpkins, and mastering done by Emily Lazar, Foo Fighters and Against Me.
You can hear all of their influences on the track ‘Ella’ which is a strictly melodic experimental instrumental piece. The song is short, in my opinion too short, but it is lovely to listen to and a wonderful tie over between tracks.
‘Tiny Raindrop’ is one of my favorites from this album. I could listen to this song all day and not get tired of it for one second. This is the most B&C has sounded like Brand New and the lyrics are so cryptic and lovely. ‘I’ll take you on a drive/ Like gardens filled with mirrors/ Lay back eyes open wide/ Through allies we’re disappearing.’
‘I’m Swimming’ is another must listen from this album. Maybe I am just a sucker for tunes that would normally put people to sleep, but who couldn’t like a wonderful punk ballad that could have been co-written members of Circa. The lyrics ‘Honey don’t tear me up and leave me all exposed’ and ‘Caught me swimming in a daydream’ have been swirling around my thoughts since first listening to this song.
This a perfect follow and next step for B&C. They have been slowly progressing into a scene and style that best suits them and their fan base. With this release and their current tour with Title Fight I think we can expect to see a lot more of this band.
You can pick up your copy of ‘The Things We Think We’re Missing’ today and you can also see the band next week, Sept. 16, at Backbooth in Orlando.