Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, readers new and old, gather around! I’m here to tell you about something that will rock your world!
I decided to start the New Year right and stop holding back. I have been showing you my face, but now I’m going to spill out my guts and show you where my heart and soul lies. I’m going to show you something very special to me. I’m going to introduce you to my favorite band. And before you say it, I know I tend to say the word “favorite” a lot on this blog, but this is legitimately, hands down my FAVORITE band. Not only are they amazing musicians but they are phenomenal people. Today I introduce to you the wonderful and equally as stunning band, Pearl and the Beard.
As stated on their website, “Pearl and the Beard is three voices, one cello, one glockenspiel, one melodica, several drums, one accordion, ninety-six teeth, and one soul.” They are a New York based band that came together with help from the music gods. Members Jeremy Styles (acoustic guitarist, vocalist) and Jocelyn Mackenzie (percussionist, kazzo-ist, vocalist) met at an open mic in 2008 and begin writing songs together. A few months later the two stumbled upon the gorgeous and talented Emily Hope Price (cellist, vocalist) at another open mic and she joined the group. They released their first EP, “At Home With Pearl and the Beard” later that year. In 2009 they produced their first full-length album entitled, God Bless Your Weary Soul, Amanda Richardson. The first track on the record, Voice In My Throat, shows off the groups beautiful blended sound and crisp vocals.
Whenever I tell people about this band, which is frequently, I always get asked what genre they’re under…how about the genre of awesome?! In all seriousness, their music doesn’t fall under any conventional titles; they are their own creation, which is part of the reason I love them so much. Unlike many other bands, they do not have a frontman or “lead singer”; instead each contributes equally to the vocals and instrumentation for their songs.
In 2011, the bands sophomore album, Killing the Darlings, was released, further proving that their unique style and mind-blowing harmonies were not a fluke. The song “40K”, one of my absolute favorites, made its debut on this record. It was re-released last year as a single and the band took part in shooting a music video for it. Because of their love for The Walking Dead, they decided to make it zombie themed.
Video produced, directed, and edited by Jessi Southern
The other thing you have to know about this band is that they are extraordinary live.