The Lady GaGa Approved Dirty Pearls Want To Be Rock's First Gang "Since Guns N' Roses"
It's two-for-one happy hour at Motor City on the Lower East Side, and three-fifths of New York rabble rousers the Dirty Pearls quaff cheap suds to a soundtrack of the Heartbreakers, the Ramones and the New York Dolls.
The Dirty Pearls fit right in with such musical brethren of the '70s, as well as the dank, hipster divey-ness of the afternoon's locale. As Queens-born singer Tommy London explains: "I wanted to put together a band that was like something out of The Warriors; I thought that in rock 'n' roll, a gang was missing. I haven't seen a gang since Guns N' Roses."
Drummer Marty E. and bassist Dougie Wright-the original trio that comprised the band--nod in agreement. Rounded out by guitarists Sunny Climbs and Tommy Mokas, four years of hard work and play scored the coup of selling the Bowery Ballroom four times, not to mention opening slots for KISS, Andrew WK and the New York Dolls. Now, with the recently released attitudinal aural statement that is Whether You like It or Not, and a tour with Lady Gaga (sort of--more on that later), the Dirty Pearls are ready to conquer the airwaves.
"Rock 'n' roll is the underdog in this day and age; it's a hip-hop pop world," observes London, whose original ad to recruit players referenced "Aerosmith meets Wolfmother." "We'd broken ground in the city, but how do we get a 13-year-old kid to think, 'this is rock,' while it still has this sound that's on the radio. I was thinking so far ahead," laughs the business-minded front man. "I mean, what I liked and listened to at 13, and you liked, you still like. I'm looking for the long haul. I felt Billy Idol had it right--a guy can shake their fist to him and a girl can shake her ass. I want that pulse, not of dance, but that the Clash and Cheap Trick had."