South Bend, Indiana duo, The Bergamot, whose Americana is inspired by the rawness of their hometown is Jillian Speece (vocals) and Nathan Hoff (vocals, guitar, kick drum, keys). The duo recently won the title of “The Best Unsigned American Band” in Bud Light’s Battle of the Bands and their upcoming album Static Flowers is due out in December. Speece and Hoff are both classically trained musicians, but their songwriting inspiration comes from the classics of another era: 20th century popular music. The Bergamot’s blissful combustion of singer songwriter and modern pop, crisp vocal harmonies, earnest story telling and intricate instrumentation is founded in the classic work of Motown, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, and Buddy Holly. The Aquarian’s Sara Fazio calls The Bergamot “a force to be reckoned with.”
Static Flowers is the third album in The Bergamot’s catalog, following the release of their debut EP, Smile,in 2010 and their full-length album, Haven, in 2011. The biggest departure from their previous works was the band’s use of seasoned sessions players to give the album a distinct tone that is instantly charming upon the first listen. Guest musicians on Static Flowers include Tim Marks (studio bassist for Taylor Swift), Jimmy Johnson(studio bassist for Roy Orbison, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin), Jimmy Clark (multi-instrumentalist of Loretta Lynn) and Tom Coyne (lead mastering engineer for Adele’s 21 and Beyoncé’s I Am…Sasha Fierce).