Under “Influences” on the MySpace page of local indie-pop quartet Pavane and Galliard, the group lists “All things that are good.” And under “Sounds Like,” they answer “See Influences.” Nice.
Actually, Pavane and Galliard — vocalist Lauren Habenicht, guitarist/vocalist Jared Hooker, drummer Ben Falcon and bassist Rip Nolan — sound like clean, stylized, pared-down art-pop. Their sound would be downright pretty — Habenicht’s voice is gloriously sweeping and capable — but the deceptively simple guitar melodies suggest something sultrier, jazzier, almost Latin. They would sound theatrical — again, Habenicht has the capacity to go all “Lady Marmalade” — but there’s a groundedness to the music that defies all that’s cloying and cute and vapid about pop.
The band “was formed by song writing team Jared Hooker and Lauren Habenicht in the summer of 2008,” writes The Hookah Bar (38 N. French Broad Ave., Asheville, 252-1522), where Pavane and Galliard performs this Friday. “With the addition of drummer Ben Falcon and bassist Rip Nolan in 2009, they became a four piece. The name Pavane and Galliard comes from a dance pair from the French Renaissance. The Pavane: a slow, stately dance in duple meter, which is usually followed by the Galliard. The Galliard: a fast, leaping dance in triple meter.
“Both Ben and Lauren are graduates of the Music program at UNCA, while Jared is currently working on his degree, in vocal performance, in the same program. Rip completed his Master’s degree in classical performance at the NC School of the Arts.”
The show is Friday, July 30 at 9 p.m. $5 at the door.