Australian actress Pearl Herbert is already a familiar face on Australian television thanks to her roles in cult shows like Puberty Blues and Home and Away. These days, the actress plays to a different ‘tune’, in her real-life role as talented indie pop-rock artist Pearl the Girl.
With her star already on the rise following the recent well-received debut single I Hate You, today Pearl the Girl is proud to share her second official single, Mr Informative, along with news that she will release her debut album, and tour it nationally, early next year.
The Mr Informative single, which was premiered on Scenestr, is bursting with the personality you’d expect of an actress-turned-musician, and likewise sees Pearl continue to evolve her songwriting ability, whilst retaining the sense of immediacy that’s characterized her output to date. Listeners of Mr Informative will find much to revel in: the track’s late noughties, kitchen-sink pop vibe is complemented with a touch of rock spunk; and calls to mind the fun and forthright style of female artists such as Lily Allen or Kate Nash. The track was created with the help of Dan Mac from Art vs. Science, and Simon Berkfinger from Philadelphia Grand Jury (mixing & mastering), Luke Gerber (bass) and Dan Williams (Drums).
Mr Informative is a song “for all the lonely people who love to be right and forever push away their loved ones, without ever realizing,” as the singer songwriter herself explains, “Lyrically, ‘Mr Informative’ is the song you fantasise about screaming in the face of your ex-lover, the best friend that let you down, your boss and authority figures in your life that appear to revel in your mistakes.” As a songwriter, Pearl’s songs are marked by contrast: equal times cynical and optimistic, vulnerable and raw, yet still contain a dash of flirtatious moxy – she eloquently documents the relatable realities of the day to day anxieties of modern relationships and broaches larger questions about human behavior, clothing them in her spry and melodic music style.
The artist, who has been making music for 10 years now, starting out singing with her Dad’s band at the tender age of 8 years old, before training formally as a performer and touring as a child actress in musicals, has been performing live with her band regularly in pubs and bars across Sydney this past year. Pearl will launch the Mr Informative single this month at the Oxford Art Factory, backed by a full live band including Jeremy Ford and Henry Manuel on guitars, Tim Sampson on bass and Elias Vilches on drums. Of the new live show, Pearl says “expect a lot of attitude (and for me to get a sore neck!)”.
Pearl the Girl’s forthcoming album – that will feature both previously released singles I Hate You and Mr Informative, along with a third single – marks the accumulation of a lot of perseverance and dedication in its making, having been entirely self-funded by the independent artist. Fans can expect the album to surface early 2019, followed by national tour news.