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On the radar: Balance And Composure

Pennsylvania’s Balance And Composure have grown a lot since they formed in 2007. The band’s third album, Light We Made, is their biggest step yet, applying a swirling, Radiohead-like approach to writing that’s resulted in a dark, mature record.

Almost everything I play is usually centred around blues progressions, due to their dark undertones

“We used the term ‘adult tones’ a lot,” explains guitarist Erik Petersen. “These are simple tones that leave the guitar playing itself exposed.”

Blue tone

Songs such as Spinning, call to mind Failure’s intelligent brand of heavy smarts, with Erik and co-guitarist Andy Slaymaker’s Strat and Vox AC30/Fender DeVille combos handling tonal duties.

However, B&C’s influences can be traced back further than the 90s. “Almost everything I play is usually centred around blues progressions, due to their dark undertones,” explains Erik. “Those themes draw me in. There is a distinct similarity in our music and blues underlinings - and that’s not by accident.”

  • For fans of: Radiohead, Failure
  • Hear: Afterparty

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk (opens in new tab), which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.

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