Don’t let his humble nature fool you. When RILEY PEARCE starts singing with his mature and honest voice (reminds me of American Indie outfits, The National) ears are guaranteed to prick up and listen. ...Which wasn’t hard, because it was obvious the young Perth artist already has a solid local following as I watched mouths singing along with Mr Pearce in the busy Northbridge venue.
Speaking of lyrics, the man is only in his early twenties yet there’s a sense of lived experience and melancholy that undertone beautiful, often acoustic, guitar playing. Definitely a good choice, as the raw native instrument brings out the full feels of the Coastal Folk vibe he’s got going here. The kinda’ vibe that makes you wanna’ get in the car and cruise along West Coast Drive from Scarborough Beach to Hillary’s (if you live in Perth you know what I’m talking about!), and put Riley Pearce on Spotify and get lost in the sunshine, waves and ocean breeze. How Riley managed to bring that vibe to an inner city night club is testament to his humble good vibrations.
Speaking of driving – have you seen his new music video? If not, check it out on his page (you’ll quickly understand what I mean). Riley showcased the new single Misplaced with the help of his band, including a trumpet accompaniment. I’ve seen Riley solo before, so it was wonderful to hear him with the full sound that a band has to offer, and he carried centre stage like a natural. Riley Pearce certainly hasn’t lost however, the intimate touch we’ve known and loved him for, fashioning a perfect Saturday evening event with both full band and solo performances throughout the night. ...Or duo performances if you include his guitar tapping sound as another living entity – have you seen him do this and sing at the same time? The guy makes it look easy. Definitely worth seeing and hearing with your own senses. Check out where you can catch him play next at www.rileypearce.com.au .
Review // Olivia Szulgowski
Photography // Rhythmic Photography