Local Scene: 03/08/12

March 8, 2012 12:01 am
  • The Composure is free once again to do its own thing
    The Composure is free once again to do its own thing
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The Composure stays the course

• Now that Bruce Springsteen is back with The E Street Band, The Composure is free once again to do its own thing.

To review, back in November, the Pittsburgh pop-punk quartet found itself in the unlikely position of backing the Boss on a blazing version of "Dancing in the Dark" at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial. The band landed the opening gig that night thanks to Joe Grushecky's son Johnny being the bass player for The Composure.

"It was a defining moment in all of our lives that we will have to remember and brag to our kids about someday," says frontman Paul Menotiades.

The Composure marked the occasion by recording its own cover version of the song with Mr. Springsteen's "stamp of approval" and Allstar Weekend's Zach Porter on vocals. It's a bonus track on the band's second release, a six-song EP called "Stay the Course," filled with peppy pop-punk and topped with the frontman's sweetly melodic vocals. It stays the course, while adding a little extra pace.

"This EP has faster songs where as our old release was more mid-tempo the whole way through."

Mr. Menotiades, along with Cory Muro, are living a life bubbling over with pop-punk, as they double in the national touring band Punchline.

"The past two years have been 100 percent full time," the singer says. "The Composure has been trying to get out and stay on tour as much as possible."

So far this year, the band, which also features guitarist Seth Milberger, has toured with Squid The Whale, Bright and Early, and Allstar Weekend, playing sold-out shows in Pittsburgh, Philly and Boston.

So, with Punchline and The Composure both based here, along with a slew of other pop-punk bands, is there a lot of pop-punk support here?

First Published 2012-03-07 23:36:55

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