Monday, August 31, 2009

First Listen: The Balconies

Canada continues to make amends for Loverboy and Bryan Adams. I was pretty excited about The Rifles last week, but I'm ready to shout from the rafters about The Balconies. The Ottawan power-pop trio is the best band to come from north of the border since The Bicycles. And they have, in fact, played with The Bicycles. That must have been quite a double bill.

Even though the band's debut album won't officially be out for a couple of more weeks, you can instantly tell drummer Liam Jaeger, bassist Steve Neville and guitarist Jacquie Neville (they are siblings) are seasoned pros. That's due, in part, to the fact they are all music-school graduates. Their sound is a mix of just about every genre I enjoy. Shoegaze, garage rock, new wave and power pop are evident. All three share vocal duties, but it's the cool back-and-forth style between Jacquie and her male counterparts that works best. You can't help but think about X on a couple of tracks. For the second time in a week, I'm pulling out the LTL! seal of approval.

The Balconies - Smells Like Secrets (mp3)
The Balconies - 300 Pages (mp3)

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