GRACE EMILYS at Neutral Lounge (349A College), Saturday (June 14), 8 pm. $10, free w/ NXNE wristband (see page 62). 416-926-1212. Rating: NNNNN
On naming convention alone, it would be easy to dismiss Grace Emilys as some folk songstress from California who plays harp and sings about milky moons and other whimsy. In fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Hailing from Dundee, Scotland, the quartet of eager young pups who’ve only been together a couple of years have already made a name for themselves playing club nights and gigs in their hometown. Recently signed to indie label Euphonios, they’re getting booked across the UK.
They do enjoy the odd foray into the folk aesthetics, and have been known to open shows with a piper who marches through the crowd with a guest violinist in tow. Sooner or later, the chugging guitars kick in, exposing their skewed pop tendencies. New single On Jamaica Street begins as a breathy half-?sung, half-?spoken gem that turns into a dance-?along pop hit.