Nashville based folk rock outfit Pageant are releasing their brand new EP Endless Sun this Friday night with a gig at Left Plus Right Studio. The trio, fronted by brother/sister duo Derek and Erika Porter, are sure to bring us more of the feel good, throwback vibes we dig for their third effort. …You’ll have as much fun watching their show as they will playing it.
Pageant are set to release their sophomore EP ‘Endless Sun’ this Friday 11.13, and since we got a sneak peek (our favorite part of this gig,) you can take it from us, it’s a dandy! Featuring a sibling vocal duo atop acoustic-driven poppy choruses and building rhythms with splashes of auxiliary horns and strings, the EP is earthy and personal with universal themes of love and life.
Head to The Deli for the full review!
[‘Don’t Stop the Rain’] is a jaunty duet that draws heavily on indie-pop and folk conventions without falling neatly into either category. The vocals are the feature here, with Derek and Erika Porter’s voices intertwining throughout the tune as leads and backup vocals. There’s some pedal steel and harmonica to counter the vocal focus, while the bass guitar does some admirable work keeping the tune traveling sprightly on.
Today we have teamed up with Nashville’s own folk-pop siblings Derek and Erika Porter, who are better known as Pageant, to bring you the second single from their upcoming sophomore EP Endless Sun, titled “Don’t Stop The Rain.” The track is upbeat and will instantly put you in a good mood! What better way is there to start your weekend than listening to a song that is sure to make you even happier it’s Friday?
The first single…is a sly pop song with an accompanying video that’s equal parts Ed Sullivan and scrapped European Cialis commercial featuring Casey Whitaker and Tim de la Motte from Chicago’s Second City improv troupe, proving you just never know when the moment is right.
Songwriting Magazine premieres the new music video from Pageant for “Beautiful (Caught up in the Moment)” from their forthcoming EP Endless Sun, out on CD and digital formats on November 13th. The music video features actors from Chicago’s legendary improv enterprise Second City, Casey Whitaker and Tim de la Motte. Jeph Porter, Head of Digital Media Production at Second City and brother of Pageant siblings Derek and Erika Porter, directed the video, putting a decidedly comic spin on a song that was written as a straight-ahead love song idealizing a romantic partnership.
The Music Enthusiast reviews Pageant’s new single “Beautiful (Caught up in the Moment),” the first single from their forthcoming EP Endless Sun:
“Beautiful (Caught up in the Moment)” is a much more intricate number, blurring the lines of their usual genre classification…It has a very grand sound about it, the percussion being key in achieving that, ebbing and flowing, the more powerful beats helping accent many of the lyrics; while the subtle but still noticeable use of violins are another thing that’s crucial to the songs beauty. The semi-symphonic style mixes well with the more bold sounding guitars and rhythm section…it’s a gorgeous song.
Pageant premieres their first single from their forthcoming Endless Sun EP on GroundSounds. Pageant’s Derek Porter had this to say about writing “Beautiful (Caught up in the Moment)”:
I wrote the song “Beautiful (Caught up in the Moment)” after ending a relationship and reflecting on what I wanted from a partner. Many people who hear the song think it’s about this ideal love I was experiencing, but truthfully it’s about what I wished I could have experienced. I considered what I’d learned in the past and how I wanted to apply that to my future. The second verse epitomizes that – ‘Repetition’s taught me love / is a balance beam we walk.’ So to me, the song is very melancholy, although I can see how it could be taken the other way. In a way, I really enjoy that dual perception and I understand that, depending on how you’re feeling, you could see it as an honest love song or an ironic break up song.
Boasting a timeless folk rock round with indie pop sensibilities and even a tinge of country, Pageant benefit from soaring harmonies, catchy hooks, and an inviting sound. The group’s most recent album, Royal Blue, is available now, and they’re already planning to release a new one, Endless Sun, in the fall. A definite local act to keep an eye on…
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