Pittsburgh natives The Composure release their latest EP, Stay the Course, at Altar Bar on Sat., March 10. City Paper sat down with drummer Cory Muro and guitarist/vocalist Paul Menotiades to discuss the EP, touring and their love of Pittsburgh.
How would you describe Stay the Course?
Cory Muro: The new album is definitely more up-tempo. [Previous album] Strings Attached is more mid-range tempo. There are faster songs on Stay the Course, which is new for us. When it comes to track listing, we thought about how the record flows and definitely made it so that it hits hard at first, with a couple mid-range songs in the middle, and we close it out nice and fast.
What music inspired you during the recording process?
Paul Menotiades: This isn't going to make any sense really, but the new Propagandhi record Supporting Caste. I've been listening to it since I got it, so that's had an amazing, lasting value for me. It's more punk-rock metal, which we aren't really, but I absolutely think that it has influenced our technicality.
What do you like about performing in Pittsburgh?
CM: It's our hometown. We've been a band for four years, and it's cool to see our draw getting bigger and bigger. It's cool to see the venues that have stepped up and helped the local music scene. We play Altar Bar all the time and really have a great relationship with them and The Smiling Moose. We have such great relationships with these venues, so it's not like we're going to play a place in a different city where we don't really know anyone. Everyone is just as stoked as we are. It's more of a reunion/hang-out session with all our friends while we play a show.
PM: When you play in different cities, that's when you're kind of trying to get approval. There is no sense of [seeking] approval when you're home. It's our hometown, solid fans ... everyone down to the sound guy. He knows our stuff pretty well now and mixes us better because of it.
What do you like about touring?
CM: When you're home a lot, your life is pretty much the same every day. When we are home, we just practice. We don't have jobs or anything. It gets old fast definitely. Not being home doing the same thing every day is a favorite part of touring for me.
What do you see in your future after the release and tour?
CM: A full-length album soon after. Definitely a lot of touring and writing ... just new music.