August 12, 2013

Sound Bites: Balance and Composure, Native and Title Fight

Balance and Composure's "Tiny Raindrop"

Balance and Composure, who AwkwardSound recently took a look at as part of post-hardcore’s next evolution, are prepping the release of their sophomore effort The Things We Think We’re Missing on September 10th via No Sleep Records. The Pennsylvanian punk quintet got a grand premiere and big pat on the back when Pitchfork posted the LP’s first listen "Reflection" a few weeks back, and now they’re furthering their range beyond the scope of circle pit-friendly music sites by debuting its latest preview “Tiny Raindrop” over at SPIN. The track's big riffed emotive melodies puts them in good company alongside fellow PA post-hardcore makers Title Fight, who etched out their own crossover plans on last year's Floral Green. Coincidentally, the two will be teaming up this autumn for a full U.S. tour.

Balance and Composure - "Tiny Raindrop" (via SPIN)

Native's Orthodox

Also featured in AS’ look at today’s rising acts within the post-hardcore scene was Illinois math-addled rockers Native, who’ve a second full-length coming out next week themselves with Orthodox on Sargent House. The album’s first two previews “Kissing Bridge” and “Coin Toss” have hinted that the quartet is dividing the jilted time signatures that webbed their way around the band’s 2009 debut Wrestling Moves with less pause these days in favor of bigger booms and riff breakdowns. Now, BrooklynVegan has premiered the full stream of the LP up to wrap, rattle and wreck your head around before it hits shelves. Alongside the release of Orthodox, Native will be hitting the road alongside O, Brother and Daylight throughout the tail end of August and into September.

Title Fight's "Be a Toy"

...and in just speaking of the devils, Title Fight have announced a brand new EP ahead of their appearance at this year's FYF Fest and upcoming fall tour with Balance and Composure. Spring Songs will be released on November 12th through Revelation Records, and sees the Kingston four-piece regrouping with last year's great Floral Green producer and Pennsylvania punk scene go-to recording guy Will Yip at Studio 4 where they laid down the new tunes to tape. Judging by the EP's first listen, the Jamie Rhoden-fronted "Be a Toy" (via SPIN,) the band's evolution away from roughened up post-hardcore and into melodic pop-rock submission continues to sprout results on the verge of "pretty."

Title Fight will also be contributing an exclusive track to the Off the Board: A Studio 4 Family Compilation, with proceeds helping Mr. Yip and his plight to become a part owner of the Conshohocken, PA-based Studio 4 recording space. The comp, which also features the aforementioned Balance and Composure, Daylight as well as recent BUZZSound Pity Sex, is out on October 8th. More info can be found here.

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