King Pearl, formally known as Joshy Soul, is a character based on a King who has everything he thought wanted, but those very same things have made him feel even more lonely. From possessions, to knowing everyone in the streets, King Pearl finds out that he lacks one thing, to feel loved. Backed by a string quartet, King Pearl communicates those feelings through a dark songwriting style he calls, “Gothspel.” There will be tissue.
Wend began as the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Riley Johnson, with a harp and vocals ran through an array of effects pedals to create a spacious, ethereal psychedelic backdrop. From that starting point it has grown into a full 8 piece ensemble, a combination of a rock band and a string quartet. For this Kin show, WEND will be performing in all its current iterations, from an ambient two piece to a string quartet centric 6 piece to the full 8 person ensemble, with music ranging from collaboratively written psych-prog rock to Johnson’s own emotionally orchestrated compositions, and of course the hypnotic lullabies for which the band is known best. As one YouTube user said, “I feel like I just dropped acid at a Renaissance Fair”