The Beautiful Gorgeous is a one-of-a-kind band. Drawing influences from bands like The Neighborhood and The 1975, they craft their work in a way many bands don’t. Brooklynn is a 17 year old high school student with a passion for art & music and a voice so strong one might be surprised to learn she’s just 17. The Beautiful Gorgeous, TBG for short, consists of Brooklynn as their lead singer, Sal on the bass and vocals, Noah on the guitar and vocals, and drummer, David.
After opening for Speak Low If You Speak Love at the Pike Room on January 2nd, we sat down with The Beautiful Gorgeous and talked about everything ranging from their inspirations, to their dreams as a youngin’, and who they would tour with, if given the chance.
We learned that TBG isn’t just a random group of people making music, but rather a group of friends with chemistry creating something not many bands can create. The 4 of them off stage are just as engaged with their music as they are on stage. The relationship they have is something truly admirable.
Sal said he describes the band’s sound as “ethereal” while Brooklynn was puzzled as to how she would describe them, finally saying they are trying to take their band in the direction of “alternative pop-rock.” When asked as a band who they’re inspired by, Noah answered by saying they like to take stuff from different time periods and genres and try to blend it. Personally, Sal is inspired highly by Jeremy Davis of Paramore and Paramore as a whole.
“Having Hayley as this big front women is inspiring for me to see, just to see her go full force. I like that,” Brooklynn added. TBG said that, as a whole, they love to see anyone that can create a platform for themselves. They find that very inspiring.
A band for a year now, TBG connected from knowing each other from previous bands and then decided to try to become a band together. They worked on one song; altered and changed it, then recorded and released the song. Everything progressed from there. “It took a lot of time to make sure this is what we wanted, what image we were going to put out, and the steps to follow,” explained Brooklynn.
Not only is Brooklynn their lead singer, but she also directed, edited and produced their video for “I Know You Changed.” Sal calls Brooklynn “the mastermind behind all the video stuff.”
With a full set, deciding which song was their favorite to perform live was a difficult task for three of four. Noah right away said “Start Riots,” while the others pondered. “‘Falling Down’ is a bopper and it gets the crowd involved,” answered Sal after a moment of thought. After hearing her bandmates’ answers, Brooklynn decided that “Falling Down” was her favorite, but she also really enjoys their new song “Hate.”
Touring is a dream for any local band, with Brooklynn explaining that she would love to tour with The Neighborhood or even Sia. “I want to tour with Lorde,” was quickly answered by drummer David, bandmate Sal also commented by saying “Lorde would be sick but uh AC/DC if we’re aiming high.”
Growing up, kids have different aspirations and dreams, but for TBG, music and art have always been a passion for each the members. When they were young and got asked what they wanted to do when they grew up, all members answered with confidence “be in a rock band,” except Dave who strayed a bit from the norm and told us he wanted to be a video game designer and, even at one point, a veterinarian. Brooklynn knew from the start what she wanted to do with her life, explaining “I got my first email [address] when I moved to Michigan, I was six and wanted to talk to my friends back in California. My first password, which is no longer my password, so don’t even try it, was ‘artist’ because my dad said ‘just think of something that you want to be’ and I have always wanted to be that.”
With influential family members who are also in the music industry, they believed music was always a part of them. Brooklynn started her first band with her friends when she was only in 6th grade, so from the start she had an eye for music and performing. Sal told us that although he went to Michigan State University, he often found he didn’t care. “I didn’t care, this is it. Music is what I want to do, this right here.” Sometimes it takes doing the wrong thing to realize your true passion. “For me, it’s just having a way to express your creative energy and expressing that inspiration that you take from other artists or from the world in general or these messages and themes you find. Music, I think, is just one of the loudest ways to let it all out,” said Brooklynn.
We were so happy to be able to sit down with “The Beautiful Gorgeous” and get to know them not only as a band but as individuals. When we watched them interact with each other, we saw true friendship and relationships that will grow on forever.
Be sure to check out The Beautiful Gorgeous, and we hope you fall in love, just like we did.