With the release of their much-anticipated new album Fast Motions, The Balconies have been on the road bringing their high-power rock to the masses. Playing alongside three-piece rock unit Say Yes, made up of former Alexisonfire and Saint Alvia members, the tour made a stop at Guelph’s Ebar for a bit of Thursday night fun.
First to grace the stage was Toronto’s HIGHS, kicking the night off with catchy, upbeat guitar riffs, keys and pristine harmonies. With a sea of vocals, it was impressive to watch the songs come together beautifully on stage. Having caught their set at the 2013 NXNE, I was able to sing along to a number of songs… yes, they are that catchy. The indie-pop sound was a fun way to ease into the evening.
After saying goodbye to my all-time favourite band in 2012 at Alexisonfire’s Farewell Tour, I was anxious to hear Jordan Hastings’ new project Say Yes. With the promise of an upcoming EP and the lone video release for “Sunrise”, Say Yes is touring with material that music fans have yet to hear. The three took to the stage and it was obvious that each had mastered their craft. The vocals blended together seamlessly and were driven by guitar and bass that had the crowd absorbed immediately. The talent on the drum kit complimented the sound perfectly and reinforced the legitimacy of this group as a band as oppose to an extension of their former successes. Say Yes is certainly a band to watch for in the coming months. I for one, can’t wait for their EP release.
The moment came for The Balconies to take the stage and the audience filled in, albeit with a little coaxing from front-woman Jacquie Neville. Having seen photos online from other tour stops, I have to say I was a little disappointed in the Guelph crowds. To me, sitting at a distance, or standing at the back of the room holding your beer just isn’t an option for the high-energy set that The Balconies have to offer. From the moment of the first beat, the stage was alive, channeling 80’s rock gods.
The band played a great set, mixing old favourites including Battle Royale in with the new Fast Motions material. The fierce front-woman belted out each track with ease while shredding away at her guitar. Backed by Liam and Steve on guitar and bass, the three steamrolled through the powerful song list. They brought a killer night of music to a close with a crowd favourite, their haunting single, The Slo. Fast Motions is an album you’re going to want to listen to over and over again, so do yourself a favour and pick it up now.