Balance And Composure
The Things We Think We’re Missing
09 September 2013
When the term “stadium rock” is applied to something, it’s predominately in a pejorative sense. It’s a euphemism for blandness, palatability, fit for mass consumption. But stadium rock isn’t always M.O.R. triviality; Brand New headlined Wembley Arena in 2010, and sounded right at home in such a setting. The instant intimacy of the headliners filled the vast venue that night, and proved emotive post-hardcore could still bare its soul in such a characterless environment. With Brand New currently AWOL, a successor is required to take back “stadium rock” from synonymity with banality, and Balance And Composure may just be that band.