Entries tagged with: Balance and Composure
by Andrew Sacher
Joyce Manor at Bowery Ballroom earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
Certain corners of the internet punk community have been up in arms this week after Joyce Manor "shamed" a stage diver at their Jacksonville, FL show this past Sunday (9/21). Themusic.com.au described the incident, writing:
The "grown man" in question -- got up on stage during one of Joyce Manor's songs and proceeded to stage-dive onto a group of young fans, overwhelmingly described since as being no older than high-school-age. Johnson, noticing the commotion, abruptly stopped the song and pulled the diver up on stage.They've also got a video of the whole thing going down which you can watch (starting at the 1:00 mark) below.
"Hey man, how tall are you?" Johnson asked the stage-diver. "How much do you weigh, if you don't mind me asking?"
Upon being told he weighs about 190 pounds (86 kilograms), Johnson turns to a girl in the audience: "How much do you weigh? Sorry, that's really rude. You're much smaller than him, right? It's completely unacceptable for him to impose himself on top of you. Completely unacceptable, right? Under no circumstances is that acceptable? OK."
[Barry] Johnson, though, sensed something sinister happening. He asked: "Ever been watching a sensitive pop-punk band," and "get your head walked on?"At Bowery Ballroom, he was met with cheers, but of course this is the type of thing that gets a lot of other people angry. Stuffyouwillhate.com called them "old men who don't understand the lifestyles of the youth." Idioteq.com wrote of the video of the Jacksonville incident, "No stage diving at punk rock shows?! Haha, you simply have to watch this video. Barry Johnson really embarassed himself with this cheesy move." Some people tweeted things like, "Seriously that infuriates me so fucking much Joyce Manor are a bunch of fucking pussies. Don't support them," or like, "Just saw a video of a kid getting thrown out cause he stage dived to Joyce manor. Fuck that band. Your supposed to encourage dives pussies," or like, "Lmao fuck Joyce manor, calling out a guy for stage diving." The Runout points to a screenshot of pop punk band American Verse posting, "Fuck these pussies. Stage dives forever."
...He noticed a few bad actors. He recognized the type, he said: "hardcore guys with Morrissey haircuts" who think nothing of "using a teenage girl's face for leverage" to climb on top of the crowd. "I'm not about that," he added. Indeed, at least two young women retreated from the center of the crowd clutching body parts in pain, though they both merrily returned.
Midshow, one of the Morrissey-haircut guys climbed onstage for the second time, and Mr. Johnson motioned to a security guard at the side, who chased him down and forcibly removed him.
Joyce Manor defended their stance though, tweeting:
Seeing a lot of people online saying I'm a "pussy" and a "bitch" for calling out that grown man trying to crush a group of teenage girls. So far on this tour I've seen a girl with a black eye, a girl with a concussion, and a girl with a dislocated knee. Great way to make young women feel safe at a show when the rest of the fucking world is hostile towards them already. I love a crazy show as much as any1 else I just don't think any1 should have to go 2 the hospital cuz of sum idiot w a tank top & Moz hair.Barry also added later on, "Not sayin every1 who stage dives is an asshole. Ppl been gettin hurt & maybe we should cool it? Myself included," along with a picture of himself stage diving with his guitar. Other bands took to Twitter to voice their support for them, including Balance & Composure, Candy Hearts, The Sidekicks, Code Orange, Spraynard and Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm.
Placeholder's Brandon Gepfer wrote his own response on The Runout, saying:
I get that some people want to have fun, and I've been stage diving since 2006. I used to go to the Wonder Years' shows, too. It's totally cool. The line gets drawn, however, when the performer says that it isn't cool. Why is it so confusing, rather; why is it so outrageous to listen? At the end of the day, you are an attendant at a show and you made the decision to support a band. However, there are a number of people, including bands that call Barry Johnson from Joyce Manor a 'pussy' and say that's not 'punk rock.' You know what's not punk rock? A disrespectful teenager calling someone a 'pussy' because you disagree with their view point.Read the full, very interesting thing here.
This highlights the actual problem in punk rock. The attendees of the show think that they are owed something because they have an opinion. A lot of people got into punk rock because they were made fun of. I was called a 'pussy' from fifth grade all the way up until right now because of the opinions I hold, you know that simple opinion called equality. I hate the bro aspect of pop-punk and how these dorks infiltrated punk rock. The same type of people that beat me up as a kid listen to hardcore and punk rock now. They come to shows and hit people (not even dancing, just pushing each other for the hell of it), they jump off the stage literally every three minutes because I guess that's how they express themselves, I don't know.
The band's gotten support from many others too. Rookie Mag/Pitchfork Review editor Jessica Hopper tweeted, "THANK YOU @JoyceManor for respecting the rights and safety of show going teenage girl fans." Pitchfork's Ian Cohen tweeted, "@JoyceManor stays being the best." AltPress' Scott Heisel tweeted, "I stand with @JoyceManor on this one. Stage-diving = inconsiderate, selfish and potentially harmful. That's not punk." And plenty of others on Twitter expressed favorable opinions like "Thank you @JoyceManor Girls to the front!," and "Bless Joyce Manor's tweets right now. Fuck those huge dudes that stage dive & crush everyone in the crowd, especially tiny girls," and "Major respect to @JoyceManor, i was the one at fault for not giving a 200lb sweaty dude a boost up on my shoulders so he could crowdsurf."
People getting overly and unnecessarily rowdy and violent at punk shows has been happening since at least the '80s -- most people reading this probably know Fugazi is famous for taking a stand against it -- and of course this is part of why people feel confident refuting Joyce Manor by saying something along the lines of "that's just what happens at punk shows." But just because it's gone on for over two decades doesn't mean it's wrong to still take a stand against it. In 2011 I saw Screaming Females ask their crowd to calm down. After the crowd didn't listen and ended up breaking one of the band's drum stands, they walked off stage as at least one person sarcastically yelled "Fugazi!" at them. Earlier this year Titus Andronicus said something about it at a Brooklyn show and Joanna Gruesome did too. And it's not unrelated that Tigers Jaw and Pity Sex had to ask fans not to touch someone without consent, only for them to be made fun of much like Joyce Manor has been.
Watch the video of Joyce Manor's Jacksonville incident below...
Against Me! at Webster Hall in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me! have been loving the road this year, logging multiple tours that have come through NYC on two occasions. They've now announced another run, and though this one doesn't hit NYC, it will be nearby for shows in Amityville on July 26 at Revolution and Hartfort, CT on July 29 at Webster Theater (not to be confused with NYC's Webster Hall). Like their last two tours, Against Me! have got some pretty interesting openers lined up for this one: Philly shoegazers Creepoid and singer/songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs, who Noisey just interviewed about her first year as an openly gay musician:
For many years, I was convinced that coming out could only have a negative impact on my career. I was afraid that my musical self would be overshadowed by my gay self. But so far, my experience has shown me that sharing another side of my life helps me to connect more deeply with people. I have gained a clearer understanding of myself, which I think is reflected in both my writing and my performances. A certain type of self-consciousness seems to have melted away from me, and it turns out that when I'm not spending a great deal of my time second-guessing myself and worrying about whether I'm doing or saying something that might allow someone to infer that I'm gay, I have an awful lot more time and energy to do things that matter to me (like write songs).Tickets for the Amityville and Hartford shows go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon and 10 AM, respectively. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile you can also catch Creepoid in NYC this weekend at Exploding In Sound's Northside showcase. They're also on multiple stops of the just-announced Balance & Composure / Seahaven tour, including the NYC show happening October 1 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/13) at 10 AM.
All Creepoid dates are listed, as well as all Against Me! dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
How many albums do you know of that feature guest appearances from two pioneers of emo, one of the finest vocalists in modern-day post-hardcore, two members of a certain Welsh indie pop collective, a shapeshifting art rocker, and one of the biggest pop punk frontmen of all time? Still counting? Well you can add the new Say Anything album, Hebrews (due out 6/10 via Equal Vision), to your list. Max Bemis & co.'s new album features the lead singers of The Get Up KIds, Braid, Touche Amore, Los Campesinos!, mewithoutYou and blink-182, not to mention The Front Bottoms, Manchester Orchestra, Saves the Day, Balance & Composure and still more. Oh, and don't forget Say Anything family members Eisley.
Hebrews is Say Anything's sixth full length album and second on Equal Vision since leaving their major label. And like most of their recent releases, it faces the potential doom of living in the shadow of 2004's ...Is A Real Boy. When that album came out (and even more so when it really broke in 2006 when J reissued it and "Alive with the Glory of Love" was released as a single), it came as a breath of fresh air for the pop punk/emo world which was largely in its unfortunate mallcore phase. To quote The Progress from that same year, it was just similar haircuts with different names. But ...Is A Real Boy, which was only vaguely pop punk or emo, broke from that mold while still being associated with it. The album combined the unconventional with the conventional, let no song by without various bridges and unpredictable changes, and was filled with unstoppable ambition. It makes sense that the veterans of the genre want to be on his new album but trash many other bands that came in their wake.
Anytime a breakthrough is that ambitious and that successful, following it up becomes a treacherous task, and audiences will judge every move you make. Max, always one to be self-aware (see "Admit It!!!"), ahem, admits it on the new album's track "Lost My Touch," which premieres in this post. "Some say I've lost my touch at crafting Say Anything songs," begins Max, before addressing younger musicians on how they can take his place: "Just string together lines of smug self-loathing bile." It sounds tongue-in-cheek but also incredibly earnest, a somber piano ballad version of what made the more aggressive "Admit It!!!" so compelling. And at the end of the song, he brings in Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm to provide a very Touche Amore-like verse, the kind that anyone who's ever connected with TA's own piano ballad, "Condolences," should find rewarding. The great irony by the end of it is you realize Max has crafted a pretty damn good Say Anything song.
As previously mentioned, Say Anything is going on tour with some pretty great openers, The Front Bottoms (who have a new EP coming), The So So Glos and You Blew it!. That tour hits NYC on June 28 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are still available.
Song stream and LP tracklist below...
The annual two-day FYF Fest is returning to LA from August 23-24 this year, and the lineup was just announced. It includes The Strokes, Phoenix, the reunited Blood Brothers who haven't played sine 2007 (!), Slowdive, Slint, Flying Lotus, Grimes, Blood Orange, Darkside, Jamie xx, Haim, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Death Grips (we know FYF is a festival they actually play), Ty Segall, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Against Me!, Built to Spill, Murder City Devils, The Bronx, Angel Olsen, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Joanna Gruesome and many more.
Tickets go on sale May 22 at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
Manchester Orchestra at Hammerstein Ballroom in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Emo-grunge band Manchester Orchestra are set to release their fourth album, Cope, on April 1 and have just revealed its riff-heavy lead single, "Top Notch," which you can stream below. They've also announced that they'll be heading out on an extensive spring tour of the US and Canada with another band who mixes emo and alt-rock, Balance and Composure, and Kevin Devine (who's in Bad Books with Manchester's Andy Hull). That tour brings all three bands to NYC on May 22 at Terminal 5. Tickets for the T5 show go on sale Friday (1/24) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/22) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
Walter w/ Quicksand at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Walter Schreifels is man of many bands (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits, and Rival Schools, to name a few), and this December he'll be taking the solo route for a holiday acoustic tour with Saves the Day and Jon Simmons of Balance & Composure. That tour hits NYC on December 19 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Wednesday (10/30) at noon, and there are presale tickets on sale now for all dates.
All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer and a live video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Jason Shevchuck w/ Kid Dynamite at House of Vans (more by David Andrako)
Producer Will Yip has become a go-to guy in the punk scene, sitting behind the boards for Title Fight, Balance & Composure, Pity Sex, Sainthood Reps, Citizen and many others, and on October 8, he'll release a compilation titled Off The Board: A Studio 4 Family Compilation (pre-order) with previously unreleased songs from those artists and a number of others he's worked with. Proceeds from the album will go towards funding his partnership at Studio 4.
One of the songs on the compilation, which makes its premiere in this post, is "That Thing That Separates Em," the first new song in years by None More Black, the band fronted by Jason Shevchuk of the once-again defunct Kid Dynamite. Check it out, in all its scrappy punk glory, along with the comp's album art and tracklist, below.
Cloud Nothings at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
As discussed, the Jay Z-curated Budweiser Made In America Festival is returning this weekend to Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway (8/31-9/1), and the mostly pop/rap/R&B festival just got a little more, um... punk. Aside from the fact that it already included The Gaslight Anthem (who are pretty much a festival regular by now anyway), the lineup now includes Cloud Nothings, Restorations, Balance & Composure, The Front Bottoms, Diarrhea Planet, PUJOL, and more. And you thought it was weird when Jay Z saw Grizzly Bear.
UPDATE: And one more: Wavves was added to the TBA slot on Sunday.
Other non-punk additions that have happened since we last spoke include Rudimental and The Underachievers. The full schedule was also recently announced, and you can check that out below.
Many of the artists playing Made In America also have NYC or NJ shows this weekend (or soon after), including The Front Bottoms, Diarrhea Planet, Rudimental, The Underachievers, Kendrick, Ab Soul & Jay Rock, AlunaGeorge, Haim, and 2 Chainz.
Made In America schedule below...
by Andrew Sacher
Title FIght at House of Vans in June (more by Maclyn Bean)
Kingston, PA punks Title Fight have announced they'll release the followup to 2012's Floral Green with a new EP, Spring Songs, on November 12. And in pretty interesting news, the EP is coming out on Revelation Records, the post-hardcore oriented label which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year as is responsible for putting out albums by Youth of Today, Quicksand, Judge, Into Another, Chain of Strength, and more. The first single from the EP, "Be A Toy," is sung by guitarist Jamie Rhoden, who sang some of the more toned-down tracks on Floral Green like "Head in the Ceiling Fan," and this one's in that realm as well. Check it out below (via SPIN).
Title Fight have a tour coming up with Balance and Composure (who we just caught opening for Glassjaw), Portland, ME hardcore kids Cruel Hand, and Bethlehem, PA emo band Slingshot Dakota. No NYC show on that tour, but all dates, including shows in Connecticut, Philly, and Long Island, are listed below.
photos by Maclyn Bean
Glassjaw @ MHOW, 8/9/2013
Converse Rubber Tracks again took over Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (8/9), this time featuring a headlining set from Long Island post-hardcore favorites Glassjaw, along with the emo-leaning Balance & Composure (who just debuted a new track on SPIN) and Queens hip hop collective World's Fair. The "sold out" show was free and open to the public, and pictures from Friday's MHoW show are in this post.
There's another Rubber Tracks shows scheduled for NYC in August: Red Fang/Doomriders/Low Fat Getting High are scheduled to play 285 Kent on 8/22. (No more tickets for that one, either.)
As discussed, Worlds Fair have one more show on the schedule this month, at the PS1 Warm Up show at MoMA on 8/27 with J Cole, King Britt, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and more. Glassjaw, on the other hand, won't appear for another show in the area until November, when they play Long Island.
More pics from Music Hall on Friday night are below.
Glassjaw at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Nikki Sneakers)
The bi-monthly Converse Rubber Tracks Live free concert series at Music Hall of Williamsburg continues on August 9 with post-hardcore vets Glassjaw, emo newcomers Balance & Composure, and Queens rap crew World's Fair. The show is free, but you have to get tickets, which go on "sale" Wednesday (7/31) at noon. Admission is also subject to capacity.
World's Fair, who just played the crazy Bushwick Block Party, also plays Warm Up at MOMA PS1 on August 17 with King Britt, J. Cole, Bangladesh, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and Darq E Freaker. Tickets for that show are still available.
Glassjaw's only other upcoming show at the moment is Riot Fest Chicago.
by Andrew Sacher
The Jealous Sound at Terminal 5 in 2009 (more by Kurt Christensen)
Emo vets The Jealous Sound have been doing a good amount of touring this year, following the release of their comeback album, A Gentle Reminder. The new album hasn't fully captured the spirit of their 2003 debut but it's a solid return that shows the band have aged well and it's been great to see them back and spending a lot of time on the road.
They'll spend even more time on the road this winter, opening for the much newer emo band Balance and Composure, who fit in better when they toured with Circa Survive. Daylight is also on the tour. It culminates in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on February 24. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates.
A list of all dates, the tour flier, and a stream of The Jealous Sound's 2012 LP, A Gentle Reminder, below...
Touche Amore at House of Vans, August 2011 (more by BBG)
Los Angeles' Touche Amore have just announced a U.S. tour that will hit NYC at Terminal 5 on September 14th. The T5 show, like the rest of the tour, will be supporting Circa Survive with opening acts Balance and Composure and O'Brother along for the ride as well. Tickets for the show go on AMEX presale on Wednesday (6/27) at noon and regular sale on Friday (6/29).
Touche Amore will embark on a European tour in the weeks leading up to the U.S., tagging festivals including Reading/Leeds, Pukkelpop, and more. A month prior, they'll join H20 (who play House of Vans soon), Black Breath (who play Acheron next week), Rival Mob, Ceremony (who played Northside), and many more as part of Sound & Fury which happens in Santa Barbara, CA on July 20-22. Tickets for the latter are still available, and you can check out the lineup for the fest along with a listing of all tour dates AND a new Touche Amore stream from the BBC below.
by Andrew Sacher
La Dispute at the Acheron in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
La Dispute will be going on a headlining tour of the US and Canada in support of it this spring. The tour will be supported by Sainthood Reps, All Get Out, and Balance and Composure. All dates and the tour flier are below.
The tour hits NYC on April 29 at Bowery Ballroom. Artist presale tickets are available now for all dates. Presale tickets come with a poster (pictured below) designed by the band's bassist, Adam Vass. Ticketmaster tickets for the Bowery show go on sale Friday (2/10) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/8) at noon.
In somewhat related news, La Dispute's friends Pianos Become The Teeth have a few upcoming shows including two in NYC. They open for post-rockers Caspian at The Studio at Webster Hall on February 24 with Tidal Arms and also open for Converge at MHOW on April 14 with Git Some. Tickets for the Studio show are on sale now and tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (2/10) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/8) at noon.
All dates, album stream, flier, and poster below...