Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist

It’s been radio silence from spectral Doylestown rock five-piece Balance and Composure for the better part of a year now, so we knew something big was brewing. The band has been working hard at Studio 4 in Conshy with regular collaborator and good buddy Will Yip on the production boards, and today just announced their third album, Light We Made, which is due out on October 7th via Vagrant Records.

With the announcement comes the first song, “Postcard,” which is an unexpected turn for the band most associated with crushing guitars and bruised lyrics. There’s a swift electronic dance beat and nuanced, atmospheric guitar textures that have a bit of a New Order vibe to them. The song sounds prime for remix action, but it also sounds like it will be reshaped when the B&C live beast gets a hold of it. As they said on Twitter, “This band will never make the same album twice. We do what we do to create; to evolve; to discover; to explore. Music is too important to not push yourself creatively as a maker or listener.”

Listen to the song below.

Along with “Postcard,” Balance and Composure announced a fall tour with one of the most stacked lineups I’ve seen in a while: St. Louis post-rock titans Foxing, and local indiepop / punks Mercury Girls (the “can’t-announce-it-yet-but-gonna-be-so-good tour” we alluded to during their Key Studio Session). They come to Philadelphia on November 18th to play Union Transfer; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Below, check out the tour dates, and revisit our video sessions with Balance, Foxing and Mercury Girls.

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Tour Dates
9/17 Riot Fest Chicago, IL
9/24 Fox Theater Pomona, CA (supporting Hum)
10/13 The Broadberry Richmond, VA
10/14 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC
10/15 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
10/16 1904 Music Hall Jacksonville, FL
10/18 Kelsey Theatre Lake Park, FL
10/19 The Social Orlando, FL
10/21 White Oak Music Hall Houston, TX
10/22 The Mohawk Austin, TX
10/23 Club Dada Dallas, TX
10/25 The Nile Mesa, AZ
10/27 The North Park Theatre San Diego, CA
10/28 The Regent Los Angeles, CA
10/29 The Catalyst Atrium Santa Cruz, CA
10/30 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
11/1 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR
11/2 The Crocodile Seattle, WA
11/4 The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
11/5 Marquis Theatre Denver, CO
11/6 The Granada Lawrence, KS
11/10 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
11/11 St. Andrew’s Hall Detroit, MI
11/12 The Opera House Toronto, ON
11/14 Royale Boston, MA
11/15 Port City Music Hall Portland, ME
11/16 College Street Music Hall New Haven, CT
11/17 Warsaw Brooklyn, NY
11/18 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
11/19 Baltimore Sound Stage Baltimore, MD