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Pet Sounds

wouldn’t it be nice: pet sounds reimagined

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 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 vocal 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.

6/7 @ Women, Feminists, and Music: Transforming Today Tomorrow (Boston, MA)

6/10 @ Apohadion Theater (Portland, ME)

Initial funding for “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” was provided by an Entrepreneurial

Musicianship grant from New England Conservatory.

PHOTOGRAPHY by omari spEars / videography by louise bichan



MELISSA WEIKART (VOCALS / ARRANGEMENTS), PRIYA CARLBERG, RUSH DORSETT, JOLEE

GORDON, CAROLINE KUHN, ELISE LEAVY, MONICA PABELONIO, LAILA SMITH, GRACE WARD

(VOCALS), WENDY EISENBERG (GUITAR), ANA LOPEZ (KEYS / SYNTHS), BRITTANY KARLSON

(BASS), ROMARNA CAMPBELL, NICOLE POMPEI (DRUMS), REINA MUROOKA (VIOLIN), EMMA

GIES (VIOLIN), KEVONNA SHUFORD (VIOLA), LAURA COOKE (CELLO)