It is hard for anyone not to see Jacquie Neville on stage and not instantly fall in awe, or in love, or both. Boundless energy, a dulcet voice, and an ability to completely lose herself in the music, Neville leads The Balconies, a trio hailing from Ottawa that performed numerous times during Canadian Music Week and left everything they had on stage Saturday night.
I caught them days earlier for the first time, and what I saw made me want to see them again as soon as possible. They are simply thoroughly satisfying. And most of it, admittedly, if not all of it, is about Neville. Her brother Stephen on bass and Liam Jaeger on drums both stand out and are equally talented, but Neville is transcendent. I’ve long loved just about anything loud, aggressive, and female-fronted. Bikini Kill, Sahara Hotnights, The Distillers, and so much more litter my catalog (not to say they all sound the same), and I don’t know if that makes me less discerning, more engaged, or simply in awe of a common salient detail. But it doesn’t matter. The Balconies are sheer fun, and I want them to make more music and keep playing, and sometimes it doesn’t need to be any more complex than that.
Please read my entire review for Lithium Magazine.