Beirut is an American indie-folk band from Santa Fe, New Mexico in the USA. The indie-folk band was started by Zach Condon after he quit college to pursue a full time music career.
He plays (vocal/trumpet /ukulele) and the rest of the band compromises Perrin Cloutier (accordion/piano), Nick Petree (drums/percussion), Paul Collins (electric bass / upright bass), Kelly Pratt (trumpet/euphonium) and Ben Lanz (trombone/tuba/piano).
The Lon Gisland EP. (2007) was Beirut’s first full offering featuring an array of his friends. It features the songs “Elephant Gun", "My Family's Role in the World Revolution", “Scenic World", "The Long Island Sound" and "Carousels".
The inspiration for Beirut’s second album The Flying Club Cup (October 2007) came from an obscure photo taken in 1910 of hot air balloons near the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The album was recorded in Albuquerque and completed at Arcade Fire's studio in Quebec. After the success of his first two big releases,
Beirut become a household name via the mini-series "Capitu" which was filmed in Brazil and a number of tribute bands attempted to recreate the same tunes as the original band although the ukulele had to be replaced with another instrument as not that common in Brazil.
After taking time out, Zach Condon went back in the studio and recorded The Rip Tide (August 2011).