Glitter and Spit by The Pearl HartsRelease date: February 23, 2018
Label: Double Bang Records
The Pearl Harts are a London-based duo featuring Kirsty on vocals, guitars and loops and Sara on drums, vocals and samples. So it’s the now familiar two strong, bass-shunning blues rocking proposition, albeit with a modern twist with these two young ‘uns unafraid to use technology to bolster their sound. The fabulously titled Glitter and Spit is their debut and despite looking like they’re barely out of sixth form its actually a long time coming as the bad got together around 2012.
What is clear straight away is that the band have had plenty of opportunity (and the required talent) to compile a really strong set of songs for a debut. At twelve tracks and running to 41 minutes it doesn’t hang about and wastes no time in impressing. Every song catches you with a hook and hits you with the chorus whilst the previous one is still ringing in your ears. Almost pathologically commercial the pair’s songwriting is extremely effective whilst managing to avoid the crushing banality of overtly radio-friendly rock.
The band state key influences as Led Zeppelin and Queens of the Stone Age, but whilst the songs are chock full of bluesy riffs and dark, slinky grooves, the band’s limited set up, even with added tech, still leaves them sounding a touch thin at times. With acts like The White Stripes and Deap Vally there’s a dangerous tension in the space between notes, but not so with The Pearl Harts where the atmosphere is more akin to dead air. A fuller sound much better suits them and on slower numbers like ‘Lost In Time’ a softer, lush 70’s Californian vibe style really helps the songs listless mood. More often the band present at their best when their vocals are intertwined above a fat room-filling riff as on ‘The Rush’, or when the drums clatter like they’re falling down the stairs as the band hit top speed with no room to manouevre on ‘Hit The Bottle’. Conversely, I’ll admit their punkier more Spartan sounding numbers, chiefly the bubblegum strut of ‘Lara’ is full of the spirit of The Runaways and is almost obscenely thrilling.
The most promising aspect of Glitter and Spit is definitely the song-writing chops of the duo, and I suspect they have the potential to pen dozens more indie-disco floor fillers, the likes of which this debut is undoubtedly packed.