It’s surprising, to say the least, that a band that has absolutely no relation to Lebanon whatsoever would be named after the Lebanese capital.
Some Lebanese may have heard of the American band called Beirut. After all, the band visited Lebanon for its first time in 2014 to perform at the Byblos International Festival, and the open-air evening concert was packed.
The indie-folk-rock band combines elements from music styles from around the world for an extravagant universal musical journey. Not only does the band’s music sound universal, but the band has also named some of its songs and albums after different places around the world.
As recent events have made manifest, Beirut is a troubled and beautiful city indeed. Etched with alluring chaos, where ancient and modern mix and match, and not only in aspects, the city is an intriguing rhapsody with its own tunes and tones.
It grabs your heart and refuses to let go, whatever the distance you take away from it. For the Lebanese, Beirut is not chaos but a constant history in the making, a wild love affair with no end.
It has, as such, long been the poetic inspiration for some of the most interesting and unique musical compositions of today and yesterday.