My first experience with Brilliant Pebbles was a startling one, but that’s not saying much. The weirdo glam-rockers are known around Chicago for their mesmerizing, over-the-top performances, and the first time I saw them howling, hurdling and gyrating onstage at the Empty Bottle a couple years back, it was probably just another night for them. I’ve seen Brilliant Pebbles many times since, and each time, leading lady Monika Bukowska is dressed in an even more dazzling getup – I’m talking glitter, tassels, leotards, tutus, and lots of neon spandex.
So it was no surprise when the act announced last year that, after losing a member and gaining two, they would overhaul their sound and dedicate themselves entirely to disco. Lately, they’ve been releasing this new disco music in increasing amounts, last month releasing four tracks on their Soundcloud page (also see their Bandcamp page). It’s some pretty strange stuff featuring heavy synth, dance beats, and Bukowska’s haunting vocals.
Brilliant Pebbles will be playing yet again at the Empty Bottle next month, Friday, February 11 with openers Windbreaker (the solo project of Nick Read from Lazer Crystal) and J+J+J. This event is $8 or FREE if you RSVP to [email protected] with “Brilliant Pebbles” in the subject line. Until then, check out this new video for “World's Best Dancer” as remixed by Mark Okoh: