Track: Balancing Act – Cheshire Smile

Charlie Harris

The Mancunian London-based quartet Balancing Act, have shared their next single of their series of collaborations with producer Richard Woodcraft (Radiohead, Paolo Nutini, The Last Shadow Puppets) and is opening an entirely new door in Balancing Act’s repertoire. 

With their debut headline tour approaching this September, Balancing Act are making the moves necessary to capture their live energy on record. This intention was confirmed by Kai Roberts (vocals), who stated that:

“This song is a progression from the sound of ‘All Yours’. We love how the crowd reacts with this tempo and feel – it’s like we feed off each other on stage – it’s addictive.”

When discussing the track’s creation, Jackson Couzens (guitar) shared:

“After the initial inspiration for this song we made a bit of a retreat back up north to finish it off. We still have a writing space there that seems to hold some magic for us, it’s a bit secluded so we can really get lost in what we’re creating and it normally produces our best work. This is another song that found its true direction there before taking it back into the studio with Rich.”

Couzens expanded on the band’s deviation from familiar influences:

“You can always hear the rock element in our music because we were all brought up on that, but when it comes to making it feel fresh, we’ll turn to the likes of Trip Hop and Electronic music and try to blend that with what we make. There’s always something new to be found when you’re in unfamiliar musical territory, so we throw ourselves into whatever excites us.”

A lush electric sounding track coloured by shocks of rock guitar and trippy drums. This is one of the bands best sounding tracks yet. Dominated by the intimate vocals from Roberts, the bands talent to craft tracks like this is what gets me excited, backing my opinion of the band being one of the best to come out for a long time.

Check it out, here

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Balancing Act have sold out all of their headline shows so far, and they opened this half of the year with headlines at London’s Lower Third and Manchester’s YES Basement, as well as a Close Encounter Club show in Brixton. With X-ray Touring now on board, they’re preparing for next year’s festival season and their debut headline tour this September:

Weds 6th – London, Oslo (16+)

Thurs 7th – Manchester, Deaf Institute (14+)

Fri 8th – Bristol, Crofters Rights (18+)

Sat 9th – Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge (18+)

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