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"Music for the Neo-Depression"
Suspend time and spin it around you like a well-knit sweater. Imbue it with Lucky Strike smokiness and Ovaltine sweetness and then squeeze it through 1920s vintage instruments, vintage microphones, vintage countenance and inflection.
You’ve got AnnaPaul and the Bearded Lady.
With a joyful and almost scholarly attention to rarely-heard songs like “Button Up Your Overcoat,” “The Sheik of Araby” and Gershwin’s “Somebody Loves Me,” AnnaPaul and the Bearded Lady value authenticity and a respect for history unseen in most “retro bands”. This is not kitsch, not hipster irony, this is living music.
AP&B was co-founded by Paul Evans whose roots run deep in the Portland music community. In addition to a thriving career as a film and commercial composer, he’s a revolving member of Vagabond Opera and the Eric Stern Quartet and regularly lends his talent to groups like Fractal, Myshkin’s Ruby Warblers, Saturnalia Trio, Portland Swing, Djangophiles and Tana the Tattooed Lady and the Fascinators as well as his own projects like PaulAlone and the Hierophant. Paul is a multi-instrumentalist whose talent extends to keyboards, melodica (a woodwind-keyboard), soprano and tenor saxes, all kinds of flutes and a vast range of obscure percussion devices. And as co-owner of Redbird Studio on Alberta Street, he finds an outlet for his graphic design sensibilities through greeting cards, letterpress pieces and silkscreen.
AP&B co-founder and vocalist Anna Leander exudes the 1920s with her Helen Kane flirtation and Ruth Etting flair, supporting the group instrumentally with trombone and melodica. An Arizona refugee who fled the relentless UV rays for the comfortable climes of Portland, she’s performed a wide range of vocal styles and has an extensive background in theater.
Joey Appel provides Django-inspired rhythm guitar, laying down the pulse-pounding musical mortar. He’s a co-founder of the Portland swing group, the Clambake Combo and performs regularly with other groups like Djangovitis and the Baz Trio. A Hood River native, Joey kicked off his punk rock career at age 14 with such bands as Hung Far Low, Double-O-Negative, Bamboozled and Mondo Hollywood.
One of Portland’s most talented young jazz musicians, AP&B bassist Patrick Harry has studied at Mount Hood Community College and Portland State University.
Jose Medeles plays drums for the group. An Illinois native, Jose started his lifelong fascination with percussion at the age of eight after finding a broken snare drum by the train tracks. In addition to AP&B, Jose plays with the Breeders and 1939 Ensemble, and is the owner of Revival Drum Shop in Portland.
Penelope Meringue Leander is “The Bearded Lady” and the cutest miniature schnauzer with an affinity for pink dresses you’ve ever seen.
Paul Evans – Melodica, Toy Piano, Tenor & Soprano Sax, Flute
Anna Leander – Vocals, Trombone, Melodica
Joey Appel – Guitar
Patrick Harry – Bass
Jose Medeles - Percussion
And, at miscellaneous times -
Penelope Leander and Olive Rau - Vocals
* 2010 - “Two Phonographs and a Microphone” – Full-length album
* 2009 - “Zat You Rudolph?” – Full-length Christmas album
* 2009 - “Strangers in the Night” – Full-length album