This colourfully titled dance/pop rock act at first brings to mind fellow Torontonians Slit Slot, as Boy Ballz feature a similar ultra-hetero reverse-electroclash vibe as well as bombastic yet obviously playful stabs all over the musical map. BB twist the formula even further, fusing new wave and glam rock into a two-headed beast with rap for a rump. For this kind of self-indulgence to succeed, you need a combination of hilarity and radness. Alas, shoddy, half-spoken nods to AC/DC's Big Balls on top of circus music achieve neither hilarity nor radness. Yet Boy Ballz manage to entertain themselves; the next step is to entertain others. That said, they're surprisingly adept players as well as being obvious horn-dogs, a formula that worked well for a little group called Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Boy Ballz play Friday (January 21) at the Silver Dollar (486 Spadina).