Show Review: The Balconies @ The Horseshoe

 The Art of Overshadowing:

The Balconies

at the

Horseshoe Tavern

Jan 28th 2012

Toronto’s The Balconies have a lot to celebrate. They have a new EP (officially dropping Feb 28th) that’s garnering all sorts of attention, a new video for their single ‘Kill Count’ and tour dates across Ontario and eastern Canada. Not to mention, they’ll be performing on the thunder-stealing side stage at Edgefest in July.
Tonight they have a supporting spot at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern for Irish-Torontonian band, Nightbox. Despite the high winds and icy conditions outside, the place is packed with people who seem to have come specifically to see The Balconies.
The trio makes the most of their 45 minute set, moving efficiently from one song to the next, already too polished for awkward pauses. While all three members contribute vocally, it’s lead lady Jacquie that takes the spotlight. She alternates between wide-eyed baby doll adorability and rock goddess. Her voice is pure, full and powerful; a combination of natural talent and careful training. Her sweet croons, shrieks and lengthy howls draw awed praise from the crowd.
Most of The Balconies’ tracks are upbeat rock, swinging back and forth between poppy and hard-edged. ‘Black Cat’ is one of the few songs that take things down a notch, incorporating the slow burn of a country tune. The clap-along ‘Serious Bedtime’ finishes their set on a high note ; Jacquie and brother Steve whipping their long hair into twin tornadoes while tearing it up on guitar and bass, respectively.
With a year full of potential ahead of them, one thing is for sure; tonight will not be the last time The Balconies upstage their headliners.


About J2

What happens when you're a wordsy music aficionado who works for NXNE, CMW, HPX, Olio Music Festival, The JUNOs and Polaris Music Prize? You spend all of your free time blogging about it... Follow on Twitter if you're so inclined: @HearPlugged

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