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 is three voices, one cello, one guitar, one glockenspiel, one melodica, several drums, one accordion, ninety-six teeth, and one soul.

Former strangers Jocelyn Mackenzie, Emily Hope Price, and Jeremy Styles were united in the great city of New York. Each had migrated there from a far corner of the nation with naught but food in their pockets and money in their bellies. Each had the same true love. Since then, the three have nested, and their unique brand of brightly melodic songcraft continues to blossom of its own accord.

Pearl and the Beard loves you the way you’ve always been.
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/