Jemina Pearl will perform free in City Hall Park Thursday, August 27th at 6 pm, right after Diane Birch opens the show at 5 pm and just before headliners, The Smithereens at 7 pm.
Upon the break up of “Be Your Own Pet”, singer Jemina Pearl, daughter of rock photographer and musician, Jimmy Abegg, packed up her belongings – clothes, guitar, hair dye – and moved from Nashville to New York, formed a new band with Maxwell Peebles on rhythm guitar, Ben Pearson on bass, Erik Ratensperger on drums, and John Eatherly on lead guitar. They’ve been recording at The Fort in Bushwick, Brooklyn preparing for a fall tour.
From Jemina’s blog a reader may gain some insight into her current circumstances and musical influences, “…we’re living like vampires only recording at night and sleeping during the day. When we’re not recording we’re busy watching Television (the band) practice tapes from when Richard Hell was still in the band! It’s so good!!!!”
Jemina Pearl is poised to release her debut album -Break It Up — on Universal/Ecstatic Peace. Jemina’s name is most likely one you know from her days with the critically acclaimed and adored Be Your Own Pet.
This past year saw Jemina acclimating herself to the NYC scene, writing songs and more recently teaming up with producer John Agnello to record tracks for what is now Break It Up. While Jemina has not lost any of the attitude that compelled the Paste to call her “terrifically bratty” and Rolling Stone to warn/observe, “obviously you do not mess with Pearl” her defiant snear is now complimented with pop melodies that make it clear hers is a voice to be reckoned with. And not only do her vocal chops shine through on Break It Up it is also apparent that Jemina’s songwriting has grown since going solo. From “Band On The Run” to the love song and forthcoming single “I Hate People” (a duet with Iggy Pop) to a track about broken hearts, “Selfish Heart” – the album harks back to the sound of the 1960s Shangri Las and 1970s Avengers and Undertones.
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