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Title Fight, Balance & Composure, Cruel Hand, Slingshot Dakota Agenda All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $16, $14 in advance
It took a few years for Pennsylvania emo five-piece Balance & Composure to win me over. All sorts of wild and wonderful fourth-wave bands have come out of the state in the past half decade, but at first these Doylestown dudes struck me as just part of the pack, a solid support act but not a galvanizing headliner—they went from basement spaces (such as Logan Square’s defunct Summer Camp) to midsize venues without making much of an impression on me. But this summer they dropped “Reflection,” whose gorgeous cycling guitars had me in a tizzy from the very first time I heard them rocket skyward. That song proved to be a representative taste of the band’s brand-new sophomore album, The Things We Think We’re Missing (No Sleep), which incorporates sounds from underground emo (the aforementioned cycling guitars, chugging but melodic bass, jingling percussion atop concrete-solid drumming) into the kind of hypercatchy, streamlined, supercharged rock you can imagine getting blasted in sports arenas to pump everybody up. In earnest voices that sometimes cross over into grizzled, the band delivers intimately detailed lyrics about heartbreak (“Lost the shape of our bodies tangling,” “I need you on my garments,” et cetera) with such force and conviction that songs such as “Lost Your Name” and “Parachutes” ought to appeal to adrenaline junkies as much as to listeners looking for emotional catharsis. —Leor Galil Title Fight headlines; Balance & Composure, Cruel Hand, and Slingshot Dakota open.



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