Balance & Composure Energize a Devoted Crowd at the TLA

Hometown emo favorites Balance & Composure returned home from tour for a nearly sold out show at the TLA alongside Seahaven and up-and-comers Creepoid (originally from Philly, now based in Savannah). The night grew with energy, first with Creepoid’s experimental take on psychedelic rock and then with Seahaven’s loud instrumentals that would burst out off a more mellow soundscape.

Once Balance & Composure hit the stage, the crowd was as emotionally invested in the music as the band was. They screamed and jammed along to the textured guitars and abrasively heartfelt vocals the whole time, and frontman Jon Simmons made sure he knew how much he loved that. He recalled how one of their first Philly shows was at the small Khyber Pass Pub, and showed sincere gratefulness for that moment on stage, the success the band has had, and that guitarist Erik Petersen’s parents’ still let them practice in their basement. They obviously made good use of that space and all their time on the road, the band played through countless tracks off Separation (2011) and The Things We Think We’re Missing (2013) showcasing how far they have come in terms of skill and songwriting since their beginning days. With walls of sound pounding out of four huge amps, three guitar and one bass, and drummer Bailey Van Ellis skillfully annihilating his kit, the band sounded as loud as ever and totally in tune with one another. A captivatingly simple light set up made for a cool visuals show too, including strobe lights, fog machines, and a space projector as a backdrop.

Despite the fact that this was one of Balance & Composure’s biggest hometown shows to date, it couldn’t have felt more intimate. The crowd singing along to every song about personal struggles and shortcomings made the connection between everyone in the room apparent, and the heavy, grungy tunes only made that feeling more wholly felt. Check out photos from the show below, and watch the music video for “Reflection.”

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Photography by Jay Breslin.

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