The Balconies – a trio of pop-centred, post-punk indie rockers who recently relocated from Ottawa – are a welcome addition to the Toronto scene. On their debut LP, they offer up oodles of promise in the form of dancey, guitar-driven indie anthems that bring to mind the Gossip, Stars and New Young Pony Club.
Singer/guitarist Jacquie Neville can cook up Interpol-quality angular riffage, but her distinctive voice steals the show. While that means bassist/vocalist Stephen Neville has to work harder to make his singing stand out, he succeeds on Elephant Lamp, where he channels the Weakerthans’ John K. Samson. Two sedate numbers, The Slo and Hollow Bones, could’ve been cut (the band’s at its best when uptempo), but I can still see these kids going far.
Top track: Serious Bedtime