Magneta Lane blew me away the first time I heard them. It was in 2006, in the basement of one of the great halls on the University of Toronto campus. I was already a fan of The Constant Lover, but now I was a fan of the three ladies that make up the band.
That last stop, at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, was surreal. The hall, with its eerie history and ancient-looking decor, is the perfect place for the witchy women to play. As one of the opening bands, the huge hall stood a little empty at Magneta Lane’s first strum. But, as if it were a call for concert-goers, the band had the hall full and jumping by the time they left the stage.
They seemed comfortable on stage and comfortable with their music. ‘Burn’, which they recorded a music video for late last month, really pumped up the crowd, while ‘Lucky’ had every single person there jumping, dancing and singing.
But, despite their perfect blend of old and new tracks, what really struck me was the way that they managed to keep the subtleties on their album in their live show – the echoey back-up vocals, the thriving bass lines – it’s all there, right on stage.