Wouldn’t It Be Nice: Pet Sounds Reimagined is a recomposition of The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album performed in its entirety by an all-female vocal choir and rock band. Composer and lead vocalist Melissa Weikart reimagines The Beach Boys’ magnum opus as a feature for the versatility of the female voice, pushing the boundaries of traditional vocal harmony. Her arrangements, inspired by Meredith Monk and the Boswell Sisters, construct an intimate dialogue between lush, unsettling dissonances and playful backup refrains that expose the patriarchal narratives at the root of Brian Wilson and Tony Asher’s iconic lyrics. The innovative choir hovers over a modern post-punk rock band to create something fresh out of a timeless classic, reclaiming much-needed space in the male-dominated pop music canon.
STUDIO ALBUM 2020!
Excited to announce that we just recorded an album with Peter Atkinson at Blue Jay Studio in Concord, MA! Featured artists pictured above (left to right): Brittany Karlson (bass), Laura Cromwell (drums, percussion), Magdalena Abrego (guitar), Priya Carlberg (voice & bass harmonica), Jolee Gordon (voice).
@ apohadion theater, portland, maine
@ women, feminists & music conference, berklee college of music
@ boston family church
Note: The above clips were recorded in April 2018 at The Record Company in Boston with Travis Hagan funded by a grant from New England Conservatory. Featuring Priya Carlberg, Jolee Gordon, Grace Ward, Rush Dorsett, Caroline Kuhn, Elise Leavy, Laila Smith, Monica Pabelonio (vocals), Wendy Eisenberg (guitar), Brittany Karlson (bass), Nicole Pompei (drums).
all photos by Omari Spears