Pearls is a Melbourne band on the verge of greatness (they’re already great, but more of you will hear more of them from now). Though they originally formed in 2011, it was in February this year that they released their first long player through Melbourne label Remote Control Records.
Ellice, Cass, Ryan & James are about to embark on an Australian national tour with Alpine.
The album, Pretend You’re Mine, places you in a reminiscent state of that bittersweet crescendo in so many 80s films – the sad, unspoken goodbye glimpse out the back of a cab, that bittersweet, wistful moment at the end of the Breakfast Club movie, or any brat pack film, for that matter.
These songs are best played at 4am when you’re swaying in some interpretive dance haze, or on a grey afternoon at home, with the lights low, in a mood of indulgent melancholy and trepidation. The depth of guitars sound to me like those on The Cure’s Disintegration album, with the dazzling sparkle of Gold Frapp’s sound.
Pretend You’re Mine
One of the best albums this year. I’ve already imagined opening the catwalk show of my dreams to Pearls.
See Pearls Live:
As guests on the forthcoming Australian tour with Alpine:
- Wednesday 24 June at The Gov, Adelaide
- Thursday 25 June at Barwon Club, Geelong
- Friday 26 June at Karova Lounge, Ballarat
- Saturday 27 June at Forum Theatre, Melbourne
- Friday 3 July at The Triffid, Brisbane
- Saturday 4 July at Metropolis, Fremantle
- Wednesday 8 July at ANU Bar, Canberra
- Thursday 9 July at The Cambridge, Newcastle
- Friday 10 July at Uni Bar, Wollongong
- Saturday 11 July at The Metro, Sydney
Buy the Album here
Stream Pearls here or listen on Spotify