Where was the first show you performed at?Our first big show as Pearl and the Beard was at The Bitter End down in the East Village. My dad used to work there as a doorman, so he booked us the gig. I played piano very poorly and Emily sat down while playing cello… very odd. Two men I was dating at the time showed up without telling me they would be there, as did my mother, who had had quite a few margaritas and got carried away giving said beaus the third degree. One of those relationships ended that night, but the other became my husband.
What artist/ band would you say you are most influenced by? As a band, we love Bon Iver’s entire catalog as well as many of his collaborations. His sensitivity is so unique, yet not overwrought. We’re very inspired by his arrangements, his sincerity, his prose, and his versatility.
What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences? Once in Chicago, Jeremy was found in the middle of the night in handcuffs in a police car outside of the house where we were staying. Apparently he had sleep-walked into our host’s neighbor’s apartment, found an identical living room with an identical couch, and made himself at home. When the neighbors found him they called the police, but all Jeremy could say, still asleep, was, “I don’t have any identification. I’m from Brooklyn. I’m in my pyjamas.” They cuffed him and put him in the car while our host thankfully was kind enough to vouch for him to the fuzz.
Favorite food: Jeremy: Tacos Emily: Fettuccine Alfredo Jocelyn: Steak
What two words would best describe your music? Awake! Alive!
“Sweetness indeed! Sweet, indie, folk pop! We love it!” Perez Hilton
“A joy to listen to… Pearl and the Beard make something you never thought to ask for, but find that you no longer want to live without.” Paste Magazine