Paulie Pesh is complex LA folk band whose albums Shining Stars and Post Mortem enchant you with their comfortable yet creative harmonies, and delight you with their array of instruments (including the violin, viola, trumpet and clarinet). In addition to Paulie Pesh and his wife (Cristal Peshkepia – backup vocals), band members include Philip Roosevelt (electric guitar), Philip Glenn (violin), Jazmin Rampas (violin), Yena Lee (viola), Marissa Peshkepia (clarinet), Adam Portocarreo (trumpet), and Jason Chavez (bass), among others.
According to Pesh, after returning from a two-month tour with his wife in the summer of 2010 he became excited by incorporating brass, woodwinds, and strings into his music. In order to create such complex pop songs he had to recruit family and friends. Explaining the logistics of the band Paulie says, “We actually have anywhere from 8-14 players to be accurate. I rely on friends, family and new talent and just whoever I can get. I usually just send out a mass text or e-mail and just sort of wait for a response. It’s worked out great that way. There are so many committed people to this project. That is another reason why it works.”
Chris Schlarb produced their newest EP Post Mortem. The new tracks orbit in the galaxy of stars such as Paul Simon and Randy Newman, and the title song sways amid horns, keys and plucked strings. Check out the video by Paulie, Making of a Song: Shining Stars to get a feel for the look and sound of this talented new band.
By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC