*header photo by Bobby Singh, FOH Photo
The Awakening is a 3 song EP from Toronto rock chick, Jessica Speziale that was released May 4th at The Hideout. The EP features three songs, The Feels, Wildfire and The Orchid, with bonus acoustic versions of each track.
Let’s start with the amazing May 4th Double Album release party with Across The Board, who released their album, Sonic Boom. This was the day of the huge windstorm in Toronto that left much of the city without power, including The Hideout, where the event was happening. Jessica being the consummate professional that she is, kept her calm while the outstanding and impressive owners of the venue hooked up generators to get the night running. The Hideout pulled a Hail Mary to supply sound, lights and liquor as if there was no outage (people really didn’t realize that there was no power. Truly was remarkable!).
Time for music! Across the Board kicked off the night and killed it, which was to be expected! Now, for Jessica Speziale…a woman who puts the ROCK into the term “Women Who Rock”. When I see Jess perform, the first thing that comes to mind is Alannah Myles rockin’ out “Black Velvet”. Commanding the stage in the most confidant, sultry way possible, owning everyone in the room. Add in the fact that she is having the best time doing it, makes you love her that much more.
Her EP does just that. Being a frequent viewer of her social media show, Sunday Chunes, I am familiar with the acoustic versions of the tracks on the Awakening EP. Track 2, Wildfire, is the one that does it for me. The short repetitive beats that start the song, hypnotize you and locks you into the end. Showcasing her rock prowess, the song is most certainly the highlight of the EP for me. Then, add in the entrancing guitar solo, yup. That’s pure gold.
Great job from Jessica and her band for her third album release.
Catch Jessica on tour this summer with Across The Board!