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On early Pearly demos you can always hear the sound of crows roosting for the night. Why? Well, in 2016 Saramai Leech and Cormac O’Keeffe were looking for a place to call home. They settled on an out-of-the-way cottage on a large estate a few miles out from their home town in Meath, Ireland. They made a studio in their kitchen and when they left the door open the peahens and chickens would curiously make their way inside. During these years in the ‘middle of nowhere’ with feathered creatures and tall old trees, Pearly was born. Vocal harmonies, synths, strangely tuned and detuned reverberant guitars abound in a vast yet minimal sound.

They drove to Berlin in the Winter, with a batch of songs and their instruments and records packed into a van. Finding an apartment and a studio in close proximity they hit a purple patch of writing and gigging. The vibrant city and people found it’s way into their sound and performances. Sharing stages with Hilary Woods, Steve Gunn, Half Waif, Conor O’Brien and being selected for the Irish Music Week industry showcase both last year and this year, they played over 50 shows including a showcase at the Irish Embassy in Berlin. This journey led them to acclaimed producer Julie McLarnon (Jeffery Lewis/Lankum/The Vaselines/Bridget Mae Power) with whom they recorded earlier this year.

Double A-Side “Chain of Coral / Feelings of Plenty” marks the first release from Pearly. The songs are intense, emotional and at times euphoric. There are guest appearances on “Chain of Coral” from A.S. Fanning on bass and O’Emperor’s, Brendan Fennessy on drums. “Feelings of Plenty” is captured in a one-take live recording and is minimal in it’s production with one electric guitar and two voices. Feelings of Plenty was mixed by Julie and “Chain of Coral” was mixed by A.S. Fanning in a basement studio in East Berlin which once served as a Stasi HQ, before the wall came down.

Chain of Coral/ Feelings of Plenty comes out October 4th 2019 on Greenbay Records. They have plans to release two more singles in the coming months and a 10” vinyl release will be available from February 7th 2020.


‘When I saw them, I heard traces of Mazzy Star and Low — if this was dream-pop, it had been weathered through the world-weariness of slowcore….’ – Ryan Leas, Stereogum, 1/10/19 – https://www.stereogum.com/2058708/pearly-chain-of-coral-feelings-of-plenty/premiere/

‘…Delivering soothing and dreamy alt-pop, they turned their setting temporarily into a David Lynch movie… singer Saramai Leech’s smoky voice coupled with the band’s floaty and delicate keyboard and guitar driven melodies created a dream-like feeling – beautiful but haunting – recalling Angelo Badalamenti’s work…’ – Hot Press Magazine #HWCH18 review








Tour Dates

previous shows

Thurs 14th Nov – Kallasch&, Berlin

Sat 26th Oct – Madame Claude’s, Berlin

Fri 4th Oct – The Grand Social, Ireland Music Week, Dublin

Wed 18th Sept – Ä Bar, Berlin

Sat 24th Aug – Heimlich Treu Hoffest, Mitte, Berlin

Sun 20th July – Wilma, Wedding, Berlin

Fri 21st June – Fête De La Musique Berlin  @  Kallasch&, Berlin

Sat Dec 22nd – Haus Concert, Berlin

Thurs Dec 6th – Junction Bar, Berlin

Fri Nov 30th – Loophole, Berlin

Wed Nov 28th – The Irish Embassy Berlin New Creatives Showcase

Sat Nov 24th – Haus Concert, Berlin

Sat Nov 17th – Madame Claude’s, Berlin

Sat Sept 29th – Hard Working Class Heroes Showcase, The Workman’s Club, Dublin

Fri Sept 28th – opening for Half Waif, Whelan’s, Dublin (Aiken Promotions)

Sat Sept 21st – Culture Night, Open Door Sessions, Bailieborough, Ire

Fri September 14th – opening for Hilary Woods, The Sugar Club, Dublin (Aiken Promotions)

Sat August 11th – House Concert, Berlin

Sat July 21st – Prachtwerk, Berlin

Sat July 14th – Madame Claude’s, Berlin

Fri June 22nd – Craw Alternative Irish Festival, Berlin

June 11th – Home Bar, Berlin

May 13th – Kindle Stuben, Berlin

May 7th – Drogheda Arts Festival, Irel

May 3rd – Oblomovs, Berlin

May 2nd – Kallasch&, Berlin

May 1st – Bar Bobu, Berlin

April 8th – Herr Lindeman’s – Sunday Sessions, Berlin

April 7th – Bei Ruth, Bang On Birthday Party, Berlin

March 30th – The Muso Next Door, Berlin

March 29th – Kallasch& Open Stage, Berlin

March 28th – Prachtwerk Open Stage, Berlin

March 8th – Madame Claudes, Berlin

February 12th – Home Bar, Berlin

February 8th – Artliners, Berlin

February 7th – Pratchwerk Open Stage

January 11th – Kugelbahn, Berlin

January 10th – Ä Bar, Berlin

January 9th – Madame Claude’s, Berlin

December 29th – The Co Club, Old Castle, Meath

October 18th – I heart Elliott Smyth, Whelans, Dublin

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