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The Balconies deliver debut disc “Fast Motions”

Submitted by on January 22, 2014 – 10:51 pmNo Comment

The BalconiesAfter taking the time to establish an unprecedented reputation in the modern rock and roll circuit, Toronto based Balconies are set to release their debut full-length record Fast Motions.

Having seen immense success in the last couple years, as they’ve traveled both north and south for NXNE and SXSW respectively, and even a tour across Europe, things are steadily moving forward for these young and ambitiously hungry pop-rockers.

The new album features a couple previously released songs from their earlier EPs, specifically the tracks “Killcount” and “Do it in the Dark,” these two reproductions of classic tunes combined with eight new tracks of rock prowess make for a powerful example of what the Balconies do.

Right from the first track “Boys and Girls,” which could’ve been a theme song for the 90s cult classic film Dazed and Confused, you’re instantly invigorated and captivated by the unique symphonic guitar melody and Jacquie Neville’s fierce vocals. Upon first listen, it’s easily transparent how much Neville’s pipes have evolved over the years. She’s mastered her vocal range and is now pushing the boundaries of her auditory abilities.Fast MotionsIt’s not a surprise to hear such tightly knit compositions from the classically trained musicians, all three of which studied music at Ottawa University. Now their experience in the actual music realm is reflecting strongly in their new tracks. And not to mention the addition of their new recording drummer, Steve Molella, which freed up Liam Jaeger from behind the kit to pursue guitar harmonies with Neville.

Thew album has so much energy, the title doesn’t even do it justice. They have everything from power rock ballads, such as the title-track, “The Slo,” and “Beating Your Heart,” all of which are drum and distorted guitar driven tunes. Layered with Neville’s high octave singing, it’s infectiously addictive music.

There’s nothing better than listening to an album, and being excited to see the energy you hear on disc, on stage. With this album especially, since the group has started experimenting with more effects and post production, it’ll provide a nice dichotomy between their live and in studio performances.

The album concludes with a soft and melodic track titled “Let Me Go,” which feature Neville’s soft and passionate lyrics over an entrancing piano and effects composition.

The Balconies release Fast Motions officially on Jan. 28, and will be having their official release party for the new release at Toronto’s Lee’s Palace, Saturday, Feb. 1.

Review by Devin Size, photo by Mike Ford

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