The Balconies have been building a Toronto following through the combination of an infectious style of indie rock and a hell of a lot of charisma. Their new album, Fast Motions, has them set to reach even greater heights. Pegged for a January 28th release date, it continues to establish the band as one of the most entertaining and passionate bands that Toronto has to offer.
Fast Motions starts with a bang with opening track “Boys and Girls.” The high paced riffs provide a perfect backdrop for attention-grabbing vocals from Jacquie Neville, who sings playfully about “cigarettes and sex”. The result is a sound that can best be described as sexy and sweaty. This intensity translates well to their live performances:
The band carries the power from that opening track through the entire album. The driving bass lines of Stephen Neville flow through the tracks, weaving their way in between the tight rhythms of Liam Jaeger and Steve Molella. Through all of this, Jacquie’s lively vocals and guitar licks crash through each song like a rock-hailstorm. This is perhaps best heard on highlight “Good and Ugly.” When that pace slows down on “The Slo”, it really showcases the band’s talent and ability to write an enigmatic ballad. The true range of Jacqui is the perfect centrepiece- she’s got one hell of a voice.
The Balconies will be performing at Lee’s Palace on February 1st, which in our opinions is a must-see.