Wellington duo Pearl has notched up a host of impressive live performances since forming in 2003. Recent supports for Elton John and Eric Clapton performing to over over 60,000 people has enabled the band to show New Zealand what they’re made of – and its all good.
Pearl’s brand of optimistic adult pop is proving popular with the masses. Their energetic live performances display their undeniable musical passion, and Pearl’s ability to have fun with their audience proves they know they are in the business of entertainment. Add to that a repertoire of hooky songs from a critically acclaimed debut album and Pearl is hard to beat.
Pearl's debut album 'No Ordinary Day' was released nationwide in August 2006 through Jayrem Records, receiving positive reviews throughout New Zealand. The first three singles from the album - 'Fallacy', 'All I Need' and 'Fall At Your Feet' - all featured on NZ On Air Kiwi Hit Discs.
Previous live work has included supports for Jimmy Barnes, The Feelers, Th’ Dudes, Fur Patrol and McLeod's Daughters star Lisa Chappell.
Pearl are Wellington songwriters Lisa Nimmo and Shelley Hirini. A life coach introduced them in 2002, believing their shared passion for music would make for an enjoyable mutual friendship. In 2003 they formed Pearl and since then have been working together to make their childhood dreams a reality. Multi-talented Multi-talented Wellington musician Chris Jones – Pearl’s co-writer and executive producer – has worked with Lisa and Shelley to develop Pearl’s unique sound.
Shelley Hirini (vocals, guitar)
Lisa Nimmo (vocals, guitar)
Chris Jones (executive producer)
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Pearl launch new single – despite BBC scuffle.
Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:13 pm
Wellington band Pearl launches its new single Life is Beautiful on March 5, despite a scuffle with the BBC that nearly derailed it.
It is typical of the gutsy Pearl duo, Lisa Nimmo and Shelley Hirini, to succeed regardless of the odds.
The evocative new single Life is Beautiful originally used chilling BBC news audio clips of a bombing in Jerusalem to illustrate how precious yet fragile life is.
However, when they sought permission from the BBC to use the clips, they were denied because it was deemed too political.
They were forced to re-write and then re-record the clips. Ironically the voice now used on the new single, remixed for the launch, is that of a former BBC journalist.
The new single is backed by a stunning video from Dunedin-based film director Patrick Gillies, featuring top Auckland actor Colin Moy (In My Fathers Den).
It launches a nationwide acoustic tour by Pearl who have already achieved enormous musical success; including supports for Elton John and Eric Clapton.
They’ve had to work hard for it. Early on they were warned by Eddie Raynor (Split Enz) that even though they wrote and performed great music, they would struggle to find a record label to back them because of their age (30s).
He was right and they’ve had to think laterally to reach their fans.
In 2006 they funded, produced and released their debut album No Ordinary Day and were the first New Zealand band to create a cheeky web promo video that has now received nearly 400,000 hits worldwide. They have also developed a unique keynote presentation that is a hit at business conferences; all to get their music to an adult market.
So, when they found the might of the BBC against them Lisa and Shelley weren’t about to give up.
“We were disappointed,” says Lisa. “The song is about appreciating the beauty in our world. The clips helped to communicate that message in a powerful way, which surely is a positive thing.”
Shelley explains she wrote the song after 9/11 and a 5am call from her brother in America urging her to turn on the television. Together they watched the World Trade Centre’s twin towers crumble.
“It bought home to me just how much we take for granted and how good our life is here in New Zealand.”
It certainly struck a chord with video director Patrick Gillies, who had a friend die while he worked on the video; a gritty drama about a busy father (Colin Moy) failing to connect with his daughter (Kyra Beaton) who is struggling with loneliness and isolation.
“It was a kind of wake up call….since then I’ve become noticeably more relaxed. We have our health and our lives and that’s all that matters,” says Patrick.
Check out the new single and video at www.youtube.com/user/madaboutpearl
Life is Beautiful tour dates:
Auckland – Honey Bar, 5 O’Connell St, Auckland, March 6, 13, 20 & 27 (Free)
Whitianga – Eggsentric Cafe, March 21
Rotorua – Brass, March 28 (Free)
Raumati South (Wellington) – Lembas, April 11
Eastbourne (Wellington) – Lifeboat Tavern, April 12
Tauranga – Naked Grape, April 18.
New Plymouth – Matinee, April 19 (Free)
Christchurch – venue tbc, April 24 (Free)
Blenheim – Boathouse, April 25
Taupo – Plateau, May 1 (Free)
Napier – Masonic Hotel, May 2 (Free)
Palmerston North – Brewer’s Apprentice, may 9 (Free)
Pearl song features in new kiwi film
Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 3:27 pm
'Stronger Than Love' (from Pearl's debut album No Ordinary Day) has been selected by director Chaz Harris for use in his latest film 'The Shoe Box'.
pearl song features in new kiwi film
This short film, written and directed by Harris, attracted an all-star kiwi cast including Ben Mitchell (Shortland Street) and Annie Whittle (The World's Fastest Indian).
A premiere screening was held on 17 August at Peter Jackson's Park Road Post production facility in Wellington. The film is available to be viewed online at www.theshoebox-movie.com
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