Track: Balancing Act – Before I Shoot

Charlie Knight

After blowing us away with their debut EP ‘Malice In Tone’ (read our review here) the band have returned with their new single, ‘Before I Shoot’. Produced by Richard Woodcraft (Radiohead, Paolo Nutini, The Last Shadow Puppets), ‘Before I Shoot’ is a showcase of Balancing Act’s innate knack for songwriting.

When asked about the inspiration behind ‘Before I Shoot’, Kai Roberts (vocals) says:

“This song is about being on the back end of a bad breakup where no one feels understood or heard. During the time I wrote this, I felt quite down and angry at the world, I had come out of a very rose-tinted headspace”

Jackson Couzens (guitar) further shared that:

“In 2022 we played our first live shows and we were reminded of the excitement and adrenaline that brings to a band, with ‘Before I Shoot’, we really wanted to capture that essence in the studio. We worked with Richard Woodcraft and he completely understood what we were after. It started out as quite a catchy and upbeat song, I think you can still hear that in parts of the melody, but something about it didn’t feel quite like Balancing Act. We knew there was a song in there so we chased it down the rabbit hole until we got to this driving, wonky and somewhat relentless sound. You start in one place and then find yourself somewhere completely different.”

A suspense filled track with Roberts laying down a commanding vocal performance backed by some flowing backing vocals that shape the track. Driven by impressive drum playing, the track slips into overdrive as it shifts up into a scintillating sonic intensity. It’s good to see the band’s first EP wasn’t a fluke.

Check it out, here

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See the band’s live dates below:

Thursday 23rd March – Lower Third, London

Sunday 26th March – YES Basement, Manchester on

Tickets are available here

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  1. […] Returning with their second single of 2023, Balancing Act’s next offering, ‘Rabbit Hole’, allows Balancing Act to stroll further down the new sonic route they discovered with their previous release, ‘Before I Shoot’. […]

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