Reviews and Suggestions

CD Review: Little Beirut “Fear of Heaven”

Not one to disappoint within the realms of easy listening/pop rock music, Little Beirut shines again with an outstanding, solid third album. The band consisting of Hamilton Sims, Edwin Paroissien, Alex Inman, and John Hulcher released Fear of Heaven on September 4 and are fast establishing themselves as, possibly, the next biggest band from the indie rock universe – Portland, Oregon.

Having already won the hearts of critics with their second album, High Dive, Little Beirut explodes again with FOH. It is an album easily played over and over with beautiful, mesmerizing melodies and sensitive rock ballads. With the direction of producers Jeff Stuart and “the Stephen King of indie-pop,” Chris Robley, FOH elevates Little Beirut as a stronger, assured musical unity that’s staying true to their sound.

Artists and Bands

Little Beirut on their Bush connection, Fear of Heaven, and the dream of playing puppet shows with Spinal Tap

Little Beirut, a rock/pop quartet hailing from Portland, Oregon, is breaking new ground with its new album, Fear of Heaven, due for release September 4. I recently got to chat with bassist John Hulcher and, contrary to the band’s provocative name, was met with an awesome down to earth attitude and witty sense of humor, and discovered why “Little Beirut: Not weirding you out since 2005” may very well be the band’s motto in the future.

Q: To start, how and when was Little Beirut born, and why did you choose that name?

A: To start, we were born just like any other band, having been dropped on a doorstep by a stork. Our stork was a serious rocker, though a real good dude. Edwin and Hamilton have been writing together since college. Their previous incarnation moved to Portland because they heard it was a great town, dragging twenty people and some cats and dogs with them.