The Balconies drop eccentric video “Boys and Girls”
The latest video from Toronto’s leather-clad rockers The Balconies for their single “Boys and Girls,” the first hit from their new full length album Fast Motions, is a new twist on a classic music video premise.
The song itself is undeniably catchy. It’s a rough, no-nonsense view at how selfish some people can be, but how that shouldn’t bring you down. It’s a public shaming of a scum-bag, where “you’re gonna hear it on the radio.” The energy is infectious, the pace of delivery incredible.
The video is a take on the classic live performance style video, made popular by hair bands in the 1980s, but with a twist. It opens in desolate silence, showing only a minimal amount of lad singer Jacquie Neville’s face, as she seemingly prepares for a show in the backstage washroom, splashing her face with water and putting her game face on, but looking a little queasy.
Then the song commences and the band starts playing to a raucous crowd at the stage front.
The camera cuts from the band performing on stage to Jacquie standing as an extremely zealous member of the audience in her own show. If it’s even possible to do so, the video amplifies the already intense energy of the song. It’s not something to be viewed, but experienced as many times in a row as possible.
The video was filmed at Adelaide Hall in Toronto, a coveted venue by any performing artists in Toronto. Although the video is a live performance, it was staged with extras, extremely well I might add. If I didn’t tell you, you probably wouldn’t have known it wasn’t live footage.