The Ballantynes- The Message 7". Cool stuff from Vancouver's Ballantynes – the Hammond-heavy, moddish stormer "The Message" and the equally driving "Railtown Abbey" on the flip! The group does a pretty sweet job of building on 60s dancefloor rock & soul sounds without stepping too deep into a throwback vibe. Each of the group's 7 core members has a percussion credit and 5 of the 7 are credited with vocals – which clues you in on the stomping, clapping, sing-a-long kinda garage soul sound that they’re doing here. A nice introduction to the group including a member of the Tranzmitors! They kind of remind me of the Jail Weddings from LA if you know who those guys are.