A few Saturdays back a few of us from the S&C Camp ventured into the dark confines of Toronto’s Convention Centre as boys, and emerged as woefully confused men. It was the Everything To Do With Sex Show, and it certainly won this round. We ate! We socialized! We gawked in unbelievable horror! (But in actuality we were surprised with how many informed and genuinely nice people we met – that and a guy dressed as a horse).
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