Balance and Composure return with Too Quick To Forgive
Balance and Composure return with Too Quick To Forgive, for the release, the band signed with producer Will Yip’s label, Memory Music (J.R. Slayter, Flycatcher). To celebrate the band have shared two new 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.
An equally-emotional video for “Savior Mode,” below, depicts Simmons on a road trip to the great unknown alongside a masked figure. It was directed by Simmons, guitarist Erik Petersen, and Britain Weyant (Bartees Strange, Webbed Wing).
“It’s the feeling of being the last one in on an elaborate cruel prank being played on you,” Simmons says. It begins with a haunting melody that builds a sense of anticipation before exploding with distorted guitars and a driving bassline that add urgency to its already poignant lyrics.
“Some people can use you up for what they need and then abandon you when they feel fulfilled,” he continues. “With this song, I just wanted to say my piece.” It’s an emotionally-resonant highlight from the band, with a touch of angst and a soaring crescendo chorus that leaves a lasting impact well after its final notes play out.
Simmons’ vulnerability and emotional delivery across both tracks with Andy Slaymaker (guitar), Matt Warner (bass), Erik Petersen (guitar), Dennis Wilson (drums), and who the band considers their 6th member––producer Will Yip (Turnover, Scowl). 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.
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