2011 was an AMAZING year for us but it was just the tip of the iceberg! Wait until you see what we got lined up for 2012! Lots of great things to announce…so stay tuned! Until then, here’s The Dirty Pearls 2011 Year In Review!
JANUARY/FEBRUARY - We started the year off recording our debut album “Whether You Like It Or Not” with Grammy award winning producer, David Kahne (Sublime, Strokes, Paul McCartney) We pulled away from playing live until the spring so we could focus on the album, video and lead off single.
Club Calco Interview With Lead Singer Tommy London: http://bit.ly/tb0kUl
The Sexy Armpit Names Us The #1 Unsigned Band Of 2010: http://bit.ly/vEBt9c
Krash City Interview With Tommy London & Marty E: http://bit.ly/sDUSEi
MARCH - Still continuing to record the rest of the album, we finished up the lead off single “Who’s Coming Back To Who” and released it to radio. Sirius/XM and WRXP 101.9 in NYC start spinning the track. Due to the response, we put recording the rest of the album on hold so we could film two videos: “Who’s Coming Back To Who” and “Static”.
“Who’s Coming Back To Who” Video Shoot: The video was directed by Star Killer lead singer, Jasin Cadic. Jasin also plays the lead in the video with Tommy Walker (singer for Sweet Fix) and Jeanine Moss (singer for J & The 9’s). The video features cameos by Nikki Benz, Chris Santos, Mistress Juliya, Kayvon Zand, Breedlove, Darian Darling, Killcode, Panzie, Kelle Calco, Justine Joli, Dave Delzio, Samuel Valentine and more! The energy at the shoot and the support from everyone on the scene was amazing! Jasin truly captured the vibe of the NYC rock scene, while telling the rock n roll love story. The video was shot at the legendary New York City rock club, Don Hill’s. This is the final footage ever filmed of the historical venue. A few months after filming, Don Hill passed away and this video turned into a memorial for Don and his club. See all the behind the scenes pictures here: http://on.fb.me/sBr6KL
“Static” Video Shoot: In conjunction with Blue Barn Pictures, Matt Weckel directed the video for our song “Static”. Matt was the first person ever to use both the XBOX Kinect and Canon 5D Mark II together! Matt Weckel received rave reviews for using this technology in helping to bring our vision for Static to come to life! The band performed in front of a green screen while Matt worked his magic to make us look like we were coming out of your TV screen! Behind the scenes pics: http://on.fb.me/st9YSH
The Dirty Pearls Join The Likes Of Billy Joel, Beastie Boys, John Lennon And Jay Z: The NYC Music Project maps the city in song and selects “New York City Is A Drug” as #179 joining the ranks of John Lennon, Beastie Boys and more! http://huff.to/hUF6MU
ASCAP Interviews Tommy London: http://bit.ly/vTqndm
“Who’s Coming Back To Who” Released On iTunes: http://bit.ly/fv7Srj
APRIL/MAY - As we hit the road to invade the Florida Music Festival in Orlando, the announcement was made on WRXP 101.9 in New York City: The Dirty Pearls were about to make rock n roll history as the first unsigned band EVER to have a live concert broadcast on commercial prime time radio and the first time ever that WRXP had ever aired a live concert on the air! The concert broadcasted live from Webster Hall in NYC on Wednesday May 11th at 10pm. DMC (From Run Dmc Fame) joined us on stage for a version of the Run Dmc classic, “Walk This Way”. The broadcast aired both on the radio and online for the whole world to hear! Immediately following the broadcast we loaded the van for a mini east coast tour!
Pictures From The WRXP Live Broadcast: http://bit.ly/vssJLt
The Dirty Pearls & DMC Performing “Walk This Way”: http://bit.ly/tTFujd
Interview With Dirty Pearls Producer, David Kahne: http://bit.ly/v8Wc0K
Lady Gaga Shouts Us Out On Her New Album “Born This Way”: On May 23rd, we received a huge surprise: Lady Gaga name dropped us (and our crew the Rivington Rebels) in her song “Heavy Metal Lover” off her new album “Born This Way’. The lyrics are: “Dirty Pearls and a patch for all the Rivington Rebels. Let’s raise hell in the streets, drink beer and get into trouble. The lyric hits around 1:55: http://bit.ly/lkSfHi
JUNE: In June, we had our video release party at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC where we debuted not one but two videos…”Who’s Coming Back To Who” and “Static”. We debuted the videos (as well as performed) to a sold out crowd! The energy in the room was unreal. Penthouse Pet Justine Joli (who also makes a cameo in the WHO video) hosted the night! When the video was released online (via youtube) the hits were so massive that the youtube counter froze so youtube could investigate if it was a computer program getting the hits or actual views! June was also the release of the fashion documentary film “Dressed”. The film used our song “New York City Is A Drug” as part of their soundtrack. http://dressedmovie.com
Who’s Coming Back To Who (Directed By Jasin Cadic): http://bit.ly/oRC9nN
Static (Directed By Matt Weckel): http://bit.ly/qjvrQW
JULY/AUGUST/SEPTEMBER: From July thru September, we hit the road in support of the release of our singles’ “Who’s Coming Back To Who” and “Static”. We performed all the new songs, from our fourth coming album “Whether You Like It Or Not”, live to see the fans’ reactions and to give them a glimpse as to what they will be in store for when the album drops in 2012. On the tour, we got the opportunity to perform at Sun Life Stadium (Home of the Marlins) and opened for such rock staples as Scott Weiland and Cinderella.
In the middle of our tour, we got a phone call from Lady Gaga asking if we would appear in her MTV VMA Commercial. Of course we said yes!
Lady Gaga/Dirty Pearls MTV VMA Shoot - Behind The Scenes: http://bit.ly/uswzUd
The ‘Pearls In Penthouse With Nikki Benz: http://bit.ly/upwnLX
Harlee Ludwig From Super Addendum Gives A Stellar Review: http://bit.ly/vcgBZ7
Brian Newman Interviews Tommy London For PMC Magazine: http://bit.ly/tISJGV
“Turn It Up To Ten” Interviews Tommy London: http://bit.ly/vdStU1
Sleaze Roxx Interviews Tommy London And Tommy Mokas: http://bit.ly/urqWD1
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER/DECEMBER: In October, Dirty Pearls guitarist, Johnny B felt it was time for him to move onto other artistic endeavors. Johnny left the band and handed the guitar over to our good friend, Sunny Climbs! Johnny is still a close friend of the band and we wish him nothing but the best on his artistic journey.
Thru the fall we rehearsed heavily with Sunny and we wrote a bunch of new songs, some of which we are currently recording (with David Kahne) and hope to squeeze onto our debut album “Whether You Like It Or Not”.
We closed out 2011 with a sold out show at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC, hosted by Luc Carl (SiriusXm, Drunk Diet), that was also a can food drive for the homeless. We can’t thank the fans enough for bringing so many can goods to the show! You fed a lot of unfortunate people during the holiday season..
PMC Magazine Interviews Marty E: http://bit.ly/tCGj5I
“Indies And The Underground” Gave Us Vid Pick Of The Month: http://bit.ly/tzrhNK
Metal Underground Reviews Our NYC Show: http://bit.ly/ut9xlk
2012: At the moment, we are putting the finishing touches on our album, setting up the release parties (yes…parties!), working on our next video(s) and putting together the “Whether You Like It Or Not” tour. There are MANY other things in the works that we just aren’t able to announce yet…but wait until you hear! :)
Thanks to all our fans for their endless amount of support. We look forward to seeing and meeting all of you when we invade your city in 2012!
Get ready….The ‘Pearls are coming! - London, Mokas, Sunny, Dougie and Marty!