Balance and Composure
Too Quick to Forgive


4.0
excellent

Review

by owl beanie EMERITUS
April 26th, 2023 | 33 replies


Release Date: 04/11/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: calendar year 2023

balance and composure are back baby! yes

this record has two songs on it and they are both what is to be expected from a band that have spent the bulk of their adult lives tinkering within the inner circle of american alt emo punk legend. savior mode weaves effortlessly through the fetid waters of trauma and grief, reading as a text which details how pain's greatest weapon against us is how it keeps our past constantly abreast with the present. here, simmons finds himself in two positions at once. in this song he is very much Going Thru It, but as a listener it is profoundly evident that he's now experienced enough to see where the next great loss will take him in his grief and longing.

although thematically these two tracks are appropriately turbid, the clarity with which they're presented is refreshing. the attack and the twang of the acoustic guitar in last to know is still crystals amidst the shy busywork of the cosmic synths colouring in the background. when the snare comes in about halfway through, the dynamic isn't caught of balance; though the snare contains within it more punch than a country bar fight, the drumming is dexterous and (dare i say it for an emo band) restrained enough to avoid muscling the more subtle elements out of their rightful place in the mix.

despite the restraint, the record is still really heavy in a way that feels comforting and familiar, like a weighted blanket, or a funeral dirge. the layers of guitar feedback at the end of the second song harmonizing with each other as the band see themselves out the door is very balance and composure-y in a way that can scarcely be explained. it operates inside a kind of gloom that narrowly avoids the unfurled talons of all the standard adjectives normally ascribed to emo and alternative rock. this is why i think the return of balance and composure beggars a little bit of fanfare.

every now and then i go back to i tore you apart in my head from 2011's separation and am struck again by its bare-fanged angst. it's a selfish song -- a *** You Mom and Dad song:

and that's when i knew i was dead
worried sick from all that you said
thank god i'm leaving all your deceiving
you broke me with your ignorance


but it's 2023 now. balance and composure must be in their thirties at least:

so i'll spare you all my emotions this time, this time
now that you might die
i find it selfish to pain you with wanting closure
'cause it's closed, I know


this is the chorus of savior mode, and it is what good emo bands do when they get old. they reflect on their own behaviours and process their bitterness into modes of communication that ring universal. balance and composure just released a seven-inch in 2023, and upon their return they apologised to me for calling me a bitch in high school. they were angry, you see. but -- water under the bridge -- they look good now. healthy. balance and composure has a wife (or husband) now. they're in a steady job. they're still depressed (who isn't?), but they're going to therapy and taking their prescribed dose of medication every morning with breakfast. life keeps happening



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Comments:Add a Comment 
YoYoMancuso
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2023


18907 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i've never been huge on this band but Savior Mode is a tune

SteakByrnes
April 26th 2023


29988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really dope set of songs, didn't know this was in the database lol surprised it is

heyadam
April 26th 2023


4400 Comments


savior mode is one of their best songs by far

Pikazilla
April 26th 2023


30024 Comments


shite band

Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2023


27975 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

had no choice but to jam I Tore You Apart In my Head after reading this. must concur that track gets me every time! this feels like a logical step forward as far as the lyrics go



stoked to see what comes next for them. Separation will always be a special album to me

Lasssie
April 26th 2023


1620 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Am i the only one who thinks the vocalist sounds a lot like Dustin Kensrue on Saviour Mode?

JayEnder
April 26th 2023


20150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best band ever

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2023


60864 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

what is this band

Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2023


27975 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thinking I should revisit Light We Made.. one of the few lukewarm reviews I’ve done and still feel like a dick about it 😂

outliers
April 26th 2023


5033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best band ever [2]

FadedSun
April 26th 2023


3196 Comments


Having never heard this band, I just assumed it was emo music from the album cover.

KillingMoon
April 26th 2023


115 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Grown up emo lol

henryChinaski
April 26th 2023


5048 Comments


why only two songs!

KillingMoon
April 27th 2023


115 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

LP in the works? 0.0

kevbogz
April 27th 2023


6125 Comments


*patiently waits for title fight to come back*

kevbogz
April 27th 2023


6125 Comments


it's only a matter of time right guyys..?

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2023


60864 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

cute midlife crisis emo

Pikazilla
April 27th 2023


30024 Comments


being very generous there

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2023


60864 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

we all know that 'midlife crisis' on sput is a euphemism for 'quarter-life disorganised panic about where in the hell things are going and whether or not they will ever reach a stage that can eventually be considered a midlife crisis'

the sole antidote to which is minimal techno. anyone holding onto 'more mature' versions of their high school emo bullshit for these purposes is doomed

Hendoi
April 28th 2023


740 Comments


I don't get the hype. Just sounds like everything else the band has done.



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