Music Hall of Williamsburg
Pearl and the Beard

Pearl and the Beard

North Highlands, Lacrymosa

Thu, February 16, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$13 advance / $15 day of show

This event is 18 and over

Pearl and the Beard
Pearl and the Beard
Pearl and the Beard are Brooklyn trio Jocelyn Mackenzie (vocals / percussion), Emily Hope Price (vocals / cello / keys) and Jeremy Styles (vocals / guitars). For eight years, the three have passionately intertwined three distinct voices amidst a powerfully delicate orchestra of cello, guitars, keyboard, bells, and percussion, offering songs that speak to joy and sorrow, love and loss. And now, they will be releasing their final album, BEAST, on July 21 while also announcing their final show together as a band.

"After almost 8 years together, we couldn’t be more proud of the music we’ve made, the footprints Pearl and the Beard will leave, and the lives our songs have touched. As our parting gift, to be released July 21, we offer you BEAST, our final work. We hope it finds its way into your ears and hearts and remains there as a token of our sincere love and gratitude of what you have helped us accomplish. We love you the way you are, the way you’ve always been." — Pearl and the Beard
North Highlands
North Highlands
North Highlands—the place, not the band—is, as Brenda Malvini puts it, “a gnarly suburb trapped in time. It sounds like a beautiful name but it’s not a beautiful place.” Located just outside of Sacramento, North Highlands once housed a military base, and also Brenda, who relocated to New York City as quickly as the town would let her out. She went to NYU, where the majority of North Highlands—we’re talking about the band now—also went, all of them “graduating or not graduating,” as they put it, a couple of years ago. Brenda was writing songs, but keeping them secret, until a friend booked her a show and said, “do it.” Unable to resist, Brenda enlisted her friends to fill out the bill. Mike Barron helped out on guitar, Jasper Berg on percussion, Daniel Stewart on guitar, violin, and mandolin and Andy Kasperbauer on bass.



The result of the show was the band, and later, the record. Brenda rewrote the lyrics to the songs right before recording them, which might contribute to their casual, communal, spontaneous feel. Her voice is like a cross between Jolie Holland’s gravelly birdsong and something softer—she sings like a woman who is weary but not too much so yet. She’s still audibly young. “Benefits,” the band’s first single, is about that weariness. Brenda puts it simply, “it’s when you work hard your whole life and then it isn’t enough.” It’s not a sad song, though, not exactly. “You realize that,” and you can hear her smiling when she says it, “and you just say fuck it and go dancing.” “Benefits” also comes with a counterpoint. “Bruce” is also about the sad realization that everything just sucks sometimes, and about how sometimes you can’t go dancing, you just have to give it up, say fuck it, and hide in a hole for awhile.



Their debut LP Wild One will be available on October 18, 2011.
Lacrymosa
Lacrymosa
"To call Caitlin Pasko aka Lacrymosa anything less than a composer would be to misrepresent the music she creates. Despite the relatively short length of her tracks, Pasko is able to produce shifts in tone and movements in composition that most artists today wouldn't dare attempt. Her simple, haunting vocals, as well as her lyrical depth, compliment this continuous flux, though, and keep the songs grounded to a relatable place."
"Caitlin Pasko just graduated at NYU and plays mellow but somehow eerie orchestral pop under the name Lacrymosa - sounding somewhere between Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell - with a piano.".... - Deli Mag

"If you're anything like us, your heart skipped a beat once you heard Caitlin Pasko of Lacrymosa's airy, lilting voice on our exclusive play list with Family Records. It was love at first note…" .... - Mod Cloth
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/