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Post-collegiate a cappella group No Parachute stopped by the WERS studio in support of Live Music Week. The group consists of nine women singers and one male beatboxer. They perform a mix of upbeat contemporary pop songs and classic ballads. Their repertoire ranges from Ingrid Michaelson to TLC to Counting Crows to Hanson. During their set they performed covers of “American Honey,” “Misery Business,” and “Hallelujah.” The high energy group sang each song with passion as their voices blended to carry the layered arrangements.
The group was created this past February by members Becky, Jill, and Melissa. “Some of us had sung together before in a co-ed group, but we wanted to try a new sound and a new style, with a predominantly female group,” Becky says. The current line-up of ladies came together through mutual friends and online. Regarding the Boston a capella scene, Becky says, “It’s a smaller world than we thought. There are groups from all levels. People are dying to collaborate. It’s not competitive at all; people are really supportive and welcoming.”
So far, No Parachute have been working on making a set and performing. They have been primarily at bars, open mikes, and private functions. “We’ve been trying to take advantage of any and all opportunities,” Becky says. “We sang at a temple last week!”
Looking to the future, Jill says that creating an album is one of their long-term goals. They hope to make this step in the upcoming year. They have also been building a collection of their live recordings to potentially use on their album.
On December 17, No Parachute will be playing a holiday show at the Armory in Somerville.