Pearl: Little Immaculate White Fox
In the song ‘Rock Child’ gritty, soulful rock chanteuse Pearl belts, “I’ve been a little girl living centre stage/ I’ve been sleeping in a guitar case.” It’s not just a metaphor for feeling rock n’ roll 24-7. As the daughter of rock legend Meat Loaf, Pearl was exposed to the genre and all it entails almost from the time she was born.
With such a solid musical foundation, it’s no surprise that Pearl – who backed-up Meat Loaf from 1994 to 2003, and also sang with Motley Crue – sounds confident and commanding throughout her musically diverse debut ‘Little Immaculate White Fox.’ Drawing inspiration from classic rock, hard rock, southern rock, soul, and R&B, Pearl expresses her love for and knowledge of music, with songs that range from tender and vulnerable to brassy and solid as granite.
While the songs on ‘Little Immaculate White Fox’ are informed by past and present legends, they’re as original as they are familiar, and the way they’re put together is both clever and surprising. ‘Rock Child’ opens with strident guitar stabs and rolling drums reminiscent of most transcendent The Who, then blasts into a riff that’s part Led Zeppelin, part AC/DC and all brute sincerity. “Broken White” segues from textural guitars and a mystically bobbing bassline into a fist-flinging verse and a scalding, infectious chorus. By contrast, “Mama” is worn and weary, like a Stones ballad wrapped around a southern rock lighter-raiser. And “Anything,” the softest and most lovelorn song, is beautifully coloured by sparse instrumentation and Pearl’s broken voice and features a guest appearance by Alice in Chains’ guitarist Jerry Cantrell.
With a ragged, yet accessible sound and a deeply personal aesthetic, Pearl is a refreshing alternative to the predictable, cookie-cutter rockers who play it safe to build their audience. Pearl prefers to develop her following through sincerity, conviction and energetic live shows. Pearl has also sang on albums by Metal Loaf, Ace Frehley, & Filter. ‘Little Immaculate White Fox’ features husband Scott Ian (Anthrax), Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), Ted Nugent, and Mother Superior (Daniel Lanois).
For fans of: Janis Joplin, Pink, The Runaways Guns ‘n’ Roses, Aerosmith & Velvet, Revolver,
1. Rock Child
2. Broken White
3. Nutbush City Limits
4. Check Out Charlies
6. My Heart Isn't In It
8. Worth Defending