met in Boston, recorded in Louisiana, played their first shows in India, and eventually relocated to Los Angeles, all the while hedging their bets that the crafty, homemade melodies that orbit their songs would make it worth the trip. First indications would come from the endorsement of our friend's at Kanine Records, giving the band's promising debut Beauregard
the chance to be heard it deserved. After that, the onus would fall on the band members themselves, taking to the road with the likes of Ra Ra Riot, Rural Alberta Advantage, and Passion Pit in support of their album and their dream.
Somewhere in the middle of this story we had a chance to catch up with Xander Singh and Luc Laurent. In town to tout their sound for all the good CMJ goers, the band brought an inquisitive set-up by our Rockwood Sessions, sharing a few of their tunes while embellishing on the story they're feverishly still busy writing. We mashed it all together - some song, some interview - and are pleased to present this melodious, ukulele ladened episode of The Guest Apartment.
Like some sort of bohemian troubadours for the 21st century, Pepper Rabbit, formed by Xander Singh and Luc Laurent, has been able to pull from their shared experiences to create something altogether unique and brilliant. Their debut album Beauregard (out now on Kanine Records) plays like a patchwork quilt woven from their adventures, whether it be featuring the horn section from a Bayou funeral procession or a chord progression borrowed from Southeast Asia.
Introduced by a mutual acquaintance, Luc initially signed on as drummer for Xander's solo project. Their first shows together took place in India, where Xander's parents had relocated. During the trip the two realized a sort of musical chemistry, and upon returning to the states, Xander moved around the country looking for a place to settle down.
Eventually drawn to New Orleans by a producer/friend to lay down a record, the duo would meet up intermittently in New Orleans to record throughout 2008 and part of 2009. Beauregard is heavily influenced by the people encountered in this post-Katrina New Orleans. Eventually the duo settled in Los Angeles and recruited a third member to play live working out how to incorporate the vast array of instruments including banjos, trumpets, electric guitar, pianos, ukuleles, drums, clarinets and vocals from the album into the live setting.