Glitter & Spit is the debut album from female duo The Pearl Harts. Opening with Black Blood, immediately obvious are influences from the likes of Royal Blood and The Dead Weather in the constantly moving bassline and complicated timing and pauses, and The Pretty Reckless and Joan Jett for the type of gritty energy and talent the duo project.
The underground grunge sound continues from Black Blood all the way through Go Hard. The grooves in this track are much simpler than the previous, however complicated twiddles aren’t needed for this type of music. The track starts building up from the bridge and then just cuts out, leaving the listener wanting more. This would also invoke the same reaction in a live setting.
The Rush is very different to the previous two tracks. It has a constant guitar, bass and drum line, where Black Blood and Go Hard were very chopped and cut. It would be a good choice for a single, as The Pearl Harts really begin to show their dynamic vocal capabilities here. This is carried on into Lara.
The stripped back style comes back again in Bonfires, strongly reminding the listener again of a grungier Royal Blood. Nirvana influences come into play at Lost In Time, with a kick of 90s female fronted groups such as The Cranberries and The Corrs present in the vocal harmonies. One might not think these groups would mix, but The Pearl Harts found a way, and mix it well. Other similar tracks are Bless Y ou, heavily influence by Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin, and Living’s Done.
As the album moves along, the music changes from hard grunge rock to more alternative/psychadelic rock, and back again. Hit The Bottle is the most energetic and bouncy track, and will draw in fans of most types of rock.
The Pearl Harts put a fresh spin on an old classic style of rock, and in doing so, smash any gender expectations that audiences still have even now in the 21st century. They have made an album that has been honed to perfection and produced to the highest quality.