NXNE 2013: The Balconies in a Parking Lot on Dundas by Adam Bunch

FRIDAY — The Balconies are blowing up right now: they've just returned from their first back-to-back European tours, playing packed houses and British festivals with Rival Sons and Two Hours Traffic. The last time we saw them was back in March during Canadian Music Week, the night before they headed off to the conquer the Old World, when they blew away the wall-to-wall crowd at Lee's Palace. With a new drummer and an evolving sound, their songs were bigger and more polished than when they first played North By Northeast five years ago. So it was nice to see them back home for the festival, playing a set as the secret guests at Audio Blood's parking lot party. Taking the "stage" on Dundas beneath a colourful, towering mural and the baking hot sun, they gave us a rawer and more intimate set than the one back at CMW — a homecoming that included everything from "Kill Count", the single they recently released in Europe, to "Do It In Dark", a staple of their sets for years.


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Photos by Adam Bunch.

Adam Bunch is the Editor-in-Chief of the Little Red Umbrella and the creator of the Toronto Dreams Project. You can read his posts here, follow him on Twitter here, or email him at adam@littleredumbrella.com.


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