By now I’m sure you all know who Pentatonix is. Right? RIGHT? Well, if you don’t, you’re in for a real treat. Pentatonix is an acapella group who go their start as winners of the reality competition show The Sing-Off. Since then they’ve become sort of the go-to source for amazing vocal harmonization without music (besides Pitch Perfect, of course). I mean, have you seen their medley of Beyonce songs? Amaaaaazing. Last night they did something else pretty amaaaaazing at the American Music Awards by performing a tribute to Star Wars.
Star Wars is all the rage these days thanks to the upcoming sequel, so it’s about time we got something like this. You might be thinking, “But the Star Wars soundtrack doesn’t have words! How are they singing it?” By making the sounds of the musical score with their mouths, of course. Whereas you or I might sing along to “The Imperial March” and just sound like really tone-deaf people shouting “DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN!” and being annoying, Pentatonix makes it sound fantastic. Darth Vader would be proud.
The group, who were dressed in Star Wars-y outfits, sang without music for part of the performance, but for the rest they sang along to the instrumental version of the music. You might object to this, saying it’s not acapella if they sing with background music. But when you consider that the background music is being provided by JOHN WILLIAMS’ ORCHESTRA, you might shut your mouth. If this doesn’t video doesn’t get you pumped for the new movie, I don’t know what will. (Well, besides BB-8. No one can resist that little soccer ball droid.) Williams composed the score for The Force Awakens as well, so this time next year Pentatonix might have some new themes to perform.