Arts & Events

The Ballantynes

Vancouver
Vancouver's the Ballantynes are making their Victoria debut alongside The Chantrelles at Club 9one9 Saturday, Jan. 21.
— image credit: Supplied

If the principles of basic biology gave way to magic for a mythical moment in the early ’80s and allowed the oft-imagined love triangle between Sam and Dave and Joe Strummer to bear fruit in the form of musical septuplets, their offspring would look and sound a lot like the Ballantynes.

Since forming in Vancouver just one short year ago, The Ballantynes quickly set to work recording a self-titled 7" for local label, c, and playing in various venues across the West Coast to a growing legion of faithful fans. The band’s fan base is a multifarious composite of hard-core punks, old soul lovers, dance-aholics and soccer moms. Lead singer, Jarrod O’Dell, explains:

“Vancouver’s probably a lot like Victoria in that we don’t have too many venues. What ends up happening ... and it’s kinda like a happy accident ... what ends up happening is that you get these seemingly strange mixes of scenes. On any given night, you might get some indie band on the same bill as a hardcore punk band, and a country western band, or maybe a soul band; worlds collide, and it’s pretty neat to see what happens. Most of the time it’s great!”

The Ballantynes’ diverse following is a testament to the plethora of elements at play in the beautiful menagerie of influences dancing upon the complex web of their sound. Summoning the spirits of many, yet imitating nobody, the band’s overlying thesis is deceivingly simple: shake your ass and have some fun.

Set to make their Victorian debut this Saturday night, it is obvious that the Ballantynes plan to conquer. The festivities begin at Club 919 where, armed with a Hammond Organ, a wealth of tambourines and other assorted instruments, the band will headline its inaugural Victorian show, supported by local darlings The Chantrelles. The party will then stumble up Broughton Street to Smith’s Pub, where the band will vie for a coveted spot behind a needle.

So rest up, Victoria. Forgo your best laid Friday night plans, and eat a big ol’ breakfast on Saturday morning. The Ballantynes settle for nothing short of several litres of sweat upon 919’s lit up dance floor. They’re gonna bring it; you should, too. This is an early show, with doors at 6:30 p.m. Tickets. $10.  M

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Walk of shame not included
 
Catching up with Ken Lavigne
 
Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Victoria Symphony Orchestra team up for Victoria premiere
New rules coming for local election spending
 
Tories seek to mend fences with veterans
 
Extreme Huntress: Dalke set sights on trophy
Helping Hands touch many in the Terrace area
 
Fighter War Machine to face trial on 34 felonies
 
Nicholson urges Putin to get out of Ukraine

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 23 edition online now. Browse the archives.