You might be tired of hearing the phrase “Brooklyn-based Duo,” but this band of that qualifier, Beacon, has more than just a binary relationship at it’s core. These dudes know how to dress, which is no huge surprise once you’ve heard their smooth take on electronic R&B, which is, in a word: stylish. It’s also rather compelling, and well worth checking out by way of two new EPs out on Ghostly International. Here’s our email exchange about putting clothes on.
Do you each have a favorite designer?
Thomas Mullarney III: I’m not really devoted to any specific designer, but my favorite piece of clothing right now is a Tim Hamilton button down—the one I’m wearing in the press photo. I like his collections that tilt towards the darker side—long pieces that feel sparse and elegant.
Jacob Gossett: I like this label Lifetime Collective. They made this black hooded shirt that is probably my favorite piece of clothing. The large collars on some of the hooded shirts make everything look like one large piece.
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Are there certain things in your wardrobes that you only take on tour or wear on stage?
TM: On our first tour I wore a pair of red shoes every show. I really started to enjoy the
ritual of it by the end of that tour, they had a special corner in the van.
JG: I’m really into fitted hats. A friend of mine recently got me one that’s black on black
with a “Y” logo. I wanted a Youngstown (the city I’m from) hat for a while, but they only
made red ones. It’s kind of my prized possession at the moment.
What are the most important features of an outfit you are going to wear on stage?
TM: Honestly, they have to fit well. I’m moving around a lot on stage. I usually wear
long dress shirts, unbuttoned.
JG: Same for me: fit is key. We often play back lit by video so, visually, silhouette is
Any current styles you are avoiding?
TM: I have to force myself not to wear hoodies on stage out of shyness.
JG: For a minute I thought I wanted a baseball jacket, but I’ve seen them pop up
everywhere so that’s out.
The “No Body” trailer seems to have a piece of its heart in the 1980s. Is that decade an influence stylistically?
TM: Absolutely. In the case of the trailer, we were really thinking about Carrie and Heathers, trying to access this youthful, brooding sexuality and lust. The fashion in
Heathers is totally insane, I love it. In my own style sensibilities, I’ve been fond of Miami
Vice pinks and turquoises recently. I’m always looking for the most tasteful Florida shirts at used stores.
JG: Yeah, late ’80s, early ’90s. I like that transitional period of time musically and
stylistically. I tend to like simple sharp graphic designs, like the shirt I’m wearing in our
press photo. It’s somewhere between a bowling shirt and an early ’90s button down.
Your music has notable elements of R&B, are there style points beyond what we hear musically from this genre that influence your personal style?
TM: I always go back to this video we found of Ginuwine performing So Anxious at
the Apollo—we cover this song live. He runs out in a long unbuttoned white dress
shirt throwing roses into the crowd. So … yes, maybe.
JG: I’m not sure we can pull it off with quite the same gusto.
Do you feel parallels between what you chose to wear and the music you make?
TM: As a performer, I think it is possible to reinforce the music you make and the
performance you give by the way you present yourself. The audience expects that of you.
JG: Yeah, for sure. I think the two often reflect one another for most artists. Both are just outwardly expressing things that interest me and they tend to align more often than not.
Is there a link, then, between evaluating music that’s new to you and, say, shopping for new clothes?
TM: In a used record store or clothing store, you always want to strike gold. Find something no one else knows about and show it off.
JG: I’m always looking for things that stick and that’s always difficult. I find things on
both ends that tend to lose their appeal rather quickly. I know when months pass and I
keep coming back to them I’ve found something special.
Do new shoes make you perform better?
JG: My girlfriend told me when we first met you can tell a lot about a person by the shoes they wear. I’m not exactly sure what that means but I never forgot it. So I guess so.