And now, for your Tuesday distraction, the latest from budding Toronto indie darlings, The Balconies.
“Do it in the Dark” is an undeniably 80s inspired track. Recut from The Balconies earlier discography, the new version brings to mind all the wondrous chaos that was the decade of glam rock and amazingly poorly conceived horror movies (I mean this in the most endearing way possible). While the video comes a bit late for the Halloween themes, it’s only Tuesday so what the hell are you going to do, right? Right.
The vocals steal the show here – particularly frontwoman Jacquie Neville’s wails over the perfectly tracked cuts of Steve (bass – and fellow Neville) and Liam Jaeger’s (drums) chanting the song’s title.
As for the video itself, the obvious nods to the horror movie classics – and not to mention a wink to “Thriller” – make for an excellent accompaniment to one hell of an addictive track. Throw in a zombie theme (an S&C first without the use of MS Paint, I might add) and it’s the most Halloween fun you’ll have in November, promise.
The Balconies are currently on tour across Ontario with Big Sugar (that’s the band where the guy plays the double guitar, we’re almost sure of it!).
Atlantic City has been hit harder than the city can remember. With this, it seems the voice of the working class himself, Boss Springsteen, wrote a song from his 1982 record Nebraska that very much encapsulates the spirit of this city and its current time of tragedy.
Although initially a song about a couple trying to run away from their pasts, the chorus itself is something of an anthem for the city today.
If there’s one thing Springsteen has taught us, the people of Jersey are cut from a different kind of cloth.
Everything dies, baby, that’s a fact
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back
Put your makeup on, fix your hair up pretty
Meet me tonight in Atlantic City
Look! A real TV episode that just isn’t a 60 minute montage of awesome zombie headshots. How many zombies were even killed in this episode? 10? That has to be a series low point, but in a good way.
Braden disagrees and watches “It” (yes, the clown one) instead.
Shot by Matthew Tammaro and Sam Catalfamo (Paradise Pictures), in conjunction with the fine folks over at Handsome Clothing, the film is shot entirely at the Cataract waterfall of none other than Caledon, Ontario. A haunting score played over a strange tale not unlike something of a modernized fable of Aesop, “Creatures of the Cataract” is one beautifully crafted experience.
We have some characters that could be great, in a situation that could be great, dealing with shit that could be great. Instead we have this – and we guess it’s okay to be settling for now. It’s like, you know when they say they’d listen to a great singer sing the phone book? Well, we’re basically watching the phone book.