A-Tran's Band of the Week
& Concert Recap - Pentatonix
This week's BOTW spotlight
is on the most aca-awesome band you will ever hear, PENTATONIX! Choir
nerds can rejoice because PTX has made a cappella the coolest thing
ever (not that we ever thought otherwise). Let us just take a look
at why each member is a key component in creating that signature PTX
sound you hear in all of their a cappella covers and originals...
Scott (a.k.a. Beyonce)
Where do I even start with this kid? RIFFS, that's what. Scott's riffing
skills are out of this world and leaves you amazed every time he sneaks
one in. His powerful and distinct baritone pop/soul/r&b voice
is so versatile and sounds stellar on basically anything.
Mitch (a.k.a. Voice of
Mitch serves the realness and sass of the group. Not only does he
have the voice of an angel, his range, runs, and Vogue poses are EVERYTHING.
Kirstie (a.k.a. PTX Queen)
Being the only girl in the group, Kirstie does not earn the "PTX
Queen" title by default, she is truly one of the fiercest, stylish,
and most talented chicks around! Her sweet tone, perfect harmonies,
and awesome belt voice could win anyone over. (She also does a mean
"Single Ladies" in whistle voice... what??)
Avi (a.k.a. Meat)
Never was there a bass like Avi. Not only is he a solid foundation
for the group, he sings overtones like a pro AND claimed to be a dwarf
whilst singing the dwarf theme song from "The Hobbit" at
the show last weekend. He is also the sweetest person ever and wears
a lot of flannel/plaid.
Kevin (a.k.a. Potatoes)
What can't Kevin do? He is a class act vocal percussionist, an accomplished
cellist, the creator of "cello-boxing," fluent in Mandarin,
and was pre-med at Yale... seriously? This guy glues PTX together
with his reliable and inventive beats, crazy sound-effects, beatbox-rapping,
and vocal-trumpet solos!
Now that you know a bit
more about the members, let's just take a minute and appreciate their
combined sound. Their arrangements are a perfect combination of expertly
arranged three-part harmonies, synchronized riffs, funky bass lines,
dubstep breakdowns, and cray beats even your drum machine can't keep
up with! Their aca-talented-selves are so good that they are often
accused of using instruments (best compliment an a cappella group
PTX just wrapped up the first leg of their 2013 tour right here in
Seattle (obviously the best place for a finale). The show was nothing
short of EPIC. They sold-out the entire Showbox SoDo, and I am pretty
sure it was filled to the brim with choir nerds/a cappella-wannabes.
Complete with a stage set-up, lighting, and choral-ography, the show
was everything you could have hoped it to be. PTX performed the best
of their YouTube covers as well as favorite from their time on The
Oh yeah, I ALSO HUGGED
ALL PTX MEMBERS. They were literally the sweetest people ever at the
meet & greet! It all happened so fast, it was probably the peak
of my fangirl life thus far. Basically, Scott liked my floral print
Docs, and then I had a really nice conversation with Kevin about what
I am studying in school and such. Can't believe I actually got to
meet my a cappella heroes, TOO MANY FEELS.
Any who... here are some various video clips/pics from the show! (Apologizing
for the guy behind me trying to sing ALL of their parts and ruining
it..haha. Also, if the vids are fuzzy sounding, it is because of DAT