I'm not sure if I "get" what The Balancing Act were all about, or even if I was meant to get them. At any rate, I'm sharing their first record which was appended to the CD version of the Three Squares and a Roof album. Three Squares is available on iTunes and all the usual suspects, but somehow this ep failed to carry over. Produced by none other than Peter Case, New Campfire Songs acoustic, earthy tones mesh well with TBA's folk rock tendencies and wry, but unpretentious songwriting. A shoo-in for college radio playlists back in the day I'm sure. Signposts point to the likes of Camper Van Beethoven, Senator Flux and occasionally the Violent Femmes. Here is what Trouser Press had to say about this disk:
This semi-electric LA rock quartet is earnest enough on its Peter
Case-produced debut EP but, with the exception of "Wonderful World Tonight," a
likable and evocative update of the "Goin' Up the Country" ethos, none of these
half dozen New Campfire Songs is likely to show up alongside "Blowin' in
the Wind" at the next weenie roast. Give the Balancing Act credit for a unique
blend of acoustic and electric elements, though. Also, they've got a melodica,
and they know how to use it!
01. Wonderful World Tonight
02. Who Got the Pearls?
03. A T.V. Guide in the Olduvai Gorge
04. A Girl, Her Sister, and a Train
05. The Neighborhood Phrenologist
06. Zig Zag Wanderer