The Band Perry: a family affair

By Brett DeNeve

If you have ever done any work in the Village Townhouse Community Center, you understand that it is not for the faint of heart: one printer, two Macs a mere two feet apart, all located in a room the size of a middleclass walk-in closet. The thing that gets to me the most is the silence; you can hear the person next to you breathing. As I was starting to write this article a girl I didn’t know entered and began to use the computer next to me. I didn’t have any headphones handy, but I really wanted to listen to some of this band’s newest material before writing a review. I turned the volume to the lowest setting possible and within about three seconds the girl had looked to me and said not to worry about the volume because she really likes this band. From the melodic mandolin playing of Neil Perry, to the free flowing bass lines of his brother Reid Perry, only to be complemented by their sister Kimberly Perry’s edgy, yet soulful, vocal techniques, this group of Ridgeland, Mississippi born siblings have what it takes to really disrupt the status quo of the country music scene. The Band Perry’s second album is titled “Pioneer.” It has 12 tracks, of which they co-wrote nine, and was released earlier this April. It has produced two singles, “Better Dig Two” and “DONE,” both of which kick off the album. The former of these went platinum, spending two back-to-back weeks at No. 1 on the Country chart, making it the trio’s quickest rising single ever. Did I forget to mention it was their first No. 1 song in Canada too? “Pioneer,” in 46 minutes and 17 seconds, manages to tell the tale of these three people’s lives for the past three years while simultaneously leaving the listener not only satisfied but also pensive. In the song titled, “Pioneer,” Kimberly asks, “Where are we going?” and “What will become of us?” I feel everyone, especially those college students facing graduation, can definitely relate to this. The Band Perry feels that, in part, we are all pioneers. Maybe we aren’t the first ones to set foot on the moon or to be side by side with Louis and Clark, but we are definitely the first people to live our lives and walk in our shoes.

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