Balance and Composure - Too Quick to Forgive [EP]

Memory Music

Pitchfork: Announcement

After five long years, Balance and Composure return with Too Quick To Forgive––newly signed to Grammy-nominated producer Will Yip’s label, Memory Music, the alt-rock darlings sound more assured and adventurous than ever across two vulnerable tracks.

They’ll celebrate the release with their first shows since 2019 including a hometown Philly show at Union Transfer on June 16, Los Angeles’ The Novo on June 23 and NY’s Knockdown Center on July 8.

Too Quick To Forgive is a reflection on personal perseverance in the wake of confrontation, told through two distinctly different scenarios. “Savior Mode” finds frontman Jon Simmons baring his soul in a way that is unparalleled in their discography. The vocalist and guitarist once admitted that the criticism of his lyrical ambiguity was a soft spot, but here, his words have never resonated so immediately. A crystal-clear depiction of pre-grief––especially when dealing with someone who has caused you pain––Simmons sacrifices his feelings in order to keep them happy in their final days; “at that stage, it seems pointless,” he explains.

Simmons‘ vulnerability and emotional delivery across both tracks cut through with unflinching precision courtesy of Andy Slaymaker (guitar), Matt Warner (bass), Erik Petersen (guitar), Dennis Wilson (drums), and who the band considers their 6th member––producer Will Yip. In the fall of 2022, the group got together at his Conshohocken, PA studio, Studio 4, with a few ideas that Yip helped turn into these otherworldly tracks. “It was all magic,” Jon says.

Prior to that, the members had spent years apart, working on their own projects––Simmons’ fuzz-folk project Creeks quickly became a new creative outlet for him—before meeting up again in October 2021. They had no goal in mind other than to be in a room, writing and playing together, and their chemistry was better than ever. Each member contributed ideas from their own concoction of influences, and one session led to another. For a group of artists whose lives had become tour, record, tour, record for so long, having no pressure from a label to put something out and ‘stay relevant’ made the creative process feel organic and fun again.


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