Duos appear to be all the rage at the moment. Drenge of Derbyshire and Brighton’s Royal Blood are two fine examples of a musical pairing that makes perfect sense in 2014, and now hot on their heels comes London’s own double act the Pearl Harts.
Formed just last year, the Pearl Harts are Kirsty Lowrey and Sara Leigh-Shaw, who hail from Whitechapel and Brockley. Their rehearsal space is at the Music Rooms in New Cross so we can certainly claim them as a proper Londonist band. Their style of music is no-messing guitar and drum havoc, sludgy rock channeling the spirits of Queens of the Stone Age and the more recent, US-focused sound of Arctic Monkeys. If the Pearl Harts can emulate even a tenth of the latter band’s success they’ll not find themselves short of plectrums or drumsticks any time soon.
The band has just released their latest single Black Blood, a crunching ode to fury and frustration that makes it hard to believe there are only two people making such an impressive sound. You can check the track out below.
The Pearl Harts will be focusing on writing and polishing their excellent garage racket in 2014, but rest assured they’re not planning to leave their audience hanging — they’re putting on a few London dates as festival season approaches, starting with a show at the Old Blue Last in Shoreditch on 31 March under the cult CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH. banner.
We saw with the White Stripes how having just two members of a band is no barrier to enormous global success. With early backing from the likes of Artrocker magazine and XFM, the Pearl Harts are in prime position to make hay, and with the added, prestigious backing of Londonist, who knows how far they can go?
The Pearl Harts play the Old Blue Last on 31 March. Details on Facebook.