"We are proud of being women and we are proud of our music, but we're not going to bust our balls to be heard, you don't have to focus on what you consider our weaknesses to be - if you choose to though, so be it." - Lexi Valentine
French (bass), Nadia (drums) and Lexi (vocals & guitar) together formed a rock band back in 2003. Magneta Lane smashed Canada over the head to get the public to pay attention with their debut EP, The Constant Lover. Now 2 years later, heavily influenced by the angel and the devil that reside on each of their shoulders, the beauties present Dancing With Daggers - the perfect balance of sinful rock and saintly melodies...
Given this album is the product of two muses, there are two schools of thought on it; while both can agree that Dancing With Daggers was named for a fascination with anything spine chilling and bizarre (dark things that have a colorful side like carnivals, the circus, fortune tellers and anything a little strange), after that, the schools diverge depending upon which muse you consult.
From Lexi's Angel:
"This album is definitely more personal, full of our experiences and thoughts, it's about learning to understand what you need and not what you want. The record is all about our constant examination, the way a person's mind battles against itself. Some of it just sounds contemplative and vulnerable; it's pretty and a little sad - but strong."
At this point, Lexi's left shoulder begins to twitch. With a puff of smoke and the telltale scent of brimstone, her "other" muse makes an appearance.
From Lexi's Demon:
"Oh puke! This album is just more honest. We accept our fate but the journey to it is going to be on our terms. That might sound rough, but you can take it or leave it. In the end people will make their own decisions about us, the only important thing here is the new record - it's a kinda jaded rock. We are standing for accepting things for what they are and trying to break away from preconceptions. There is a bad side to everything, room for improvement, imperfections... thankfully. We just expose it for what it is and make no excuses for it."
Dancing With Daggers exists within both points of view. As the record progresses, it becomes apparent that Magneta Lane exposes the inextricable connection between the sublime and the profane, and then proceed to revel in it.
Dancing with Daggers is a story- see it through the beginning, middle and end and you'll find some respect for it. Butterflies Are Blue is the conclusion, as Lexi explains: "It's about beauty not necessarily fixing what makes you blue - we always try and justify everything and make things work the way we want them to, sometimes its worth just kicking back and accepting there is no right answer."
Classic guitar, solid drums - rock, pop, psychedelic even, yeah I said it - irresistible breaks laced between confident riffs. The thing about Magneta Lane is they don't sound like anyone else right now, pushing expectations and winning folks round has always been the credo of this go-ahead female outfit - hear it, then believe it.
- Leila Hebden, Paper Bag Records