You’d think with six members on their roster, Gentlemen Hall’s music might be a bit overdone. After all, each member contributes vocals in some capacity, there’s a number of synths, a few guitars and yup, even a flute. You’d think with that arsenal, the final product might be cluttered or overdone. That’s not the case. Gentlemen Hall is democracy in action, a polished and clever mix of styles, sounds and seriously catchy hooks.
That’s the sort of discipline you usually get from music majors at top tier music universities. Which, as it happens, is just where these guys met, at Berklee College Of Music in Boston. From there, the sextet pooled their styles and varying instrumental know-hows into a fully-functioning indie pop hook-factory. Their sound is undeniably pop-focused, but Gentlemen Hall brings a subtle and appealing weirdness to every verse, chorus and bridge they play.
People have noticed. In 2011, Gentlemen Hall stormed their way to the top of Billboard’s Battle Of The Bands, winning the contest and scoring a spot to perform at the Billboard Awards (alongside the likes of Rihanna, Cee-Lo Green and Black Eyed Peas). At the center of that success story is their single “All Our Love,” an anthemic crowd-pleaser about as catchy and compelling as they come.
Gentlemen Hall may be young but with this sort of momentum and their knack for lighting up headphones and crowds alike, it’s clear they’ll be rocking arenas, piccolo in hand, for years to come.