INTERVIEW: Balance & Composure @ Hevy Festival (04/08/2012)

Date: August 4th, 2012
Venue: Hevy Festival, Kent
Interviewer: Jack Bastard

Format: Written


Somewhat standing out from the rest at Hevy, Balance & Composure put on one of the most energetic and passionate performances across the whole weekend, not letting the fact they’re one of the most mellow bands in the line-up deter them. This being the first date of a short UK tour, they certainly set the bar high for the rest of the week. We spoke with them to talk about Hevy, the upcoming tour and more:

DP!: So, this is the first date of your UK tour with Pianos Become The Teeth. How’s it been so far?
Jon: Great. This festival is awesome and it’s always nice going out with your friends. So far, it’s been great.
DP!: How are you finding Hevy? It’s a nice compact festival.
Jon: Yeah, it’s cool. I like it. Not too much going on but just the right amount.

DP!: So, you guys and Pianos Become the Teeth have a similar kind of sound. How do you feel you fit in with the rest of the festival today because there’s some really heavy hardcore?
Jon: We definitely don’t.
DP!: Do you like that though?
Jon: For the most part, we’re usually like that. I mean we like to spice it up every once in a while.
Eric: It’s not our favourite style.
Jon: There’s a lot of metalcore which we kind of grew out of.
Eric: But, you know, it’s a fest. That’s what all fests are like.

DP!: So how do the UK crowds compare to the US?
Jon: It’s great.
DP!: Do you guys get a good reception over here?
Jon: Yeah, people are really kind to us. They’ll sing our songs.

DP!: So how long have you guys been a touring band?
Jon: 2009 is when we started touring.
Eric: So, 3 years.
DP!: Have there been any highlights?
Eric: Going anywhere outside of the US is awesome.
Jon: We went to Europe last winter, that was awesome.
Eric: We went to Australia.

DP!: Have you got anything coming up? New releases or another tour?
Jon: There’s talk of a split, but just talks right now.
Eric: We’ve got a Circa Survive tour coming up, so we’re just getting ready for that.

DP!: Awesome. Is there anything else you’d like to say? Short and sweet, that’s how I roll.
Jon: That’s how we roll too, I love that. Check out this band Daylight.

You can also read our review of the band’s festival performance that day by clicking here.

Written by Jack Bastard
Interview by Jack Bastard