Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Roots


Sounds like

Paul Dempsey, Hayden Calnin, Bon Iver


band members

Riley Pearce


Influences

The Jezabels, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Iver, Fleetwood Mac, Jose Gonzalez


Website

www.rileypearce.com.au

Bio

Humble by nature, Riley Pearce has an undeniable gift of leaving you respectfully in awe. The alt-folk artist, based in Perth, Australia truly follows an honest brand of songwriting. The raw, often haunting, vocals of Pearce embody well-crafted songs that express a journey of self-discovery and heartfelt truth.

Drawing inspiration from his musical heroes Paul Dempsey, Jose Gonzalez and Justin Vernon, Pearce is able to offer something in the middle. With a voice reminiscent of the Bruce Springsteen solo era, there’s a wise and nostalgic timber to the songs and his soothing expressions of inner thought make you understand why. Describing his own music as “break up songs for couples on a date… or vice versa”, Pearce’s love of the reflective songs leaves you staring out the window in a pensive yet enjoyable state.

Riley’s drive to create and explore ideas combined with a solid work-ethic, has paid off. He has won a ‘WA Music Song of the Year award’ and had his songs featured on Qantas flights; key music blogs; Triple J; and the US Hit TV Show ‘Shadowhunters’. The love is spreading further than his hometown, as this year saw him play his first international shows in London.

Whether an intimate one-man performance or an enthralling live-band show, Riley will reel you in; leading to support slots for artists such as LifeHouse, Lord Huron, Tash Sultana, Kim Churchill and Josh Pyke. With grander things on the horizon over the coming months, it’s exciting to think of what might be next for him.

Review

Review by Gen Fricker Gen Fricker

30 Aug 2017

Triple J
40

You wear your influences on your sleeves, but it's not a bad thing - this is a heartbreaker of a song, well crafted, with more appearing on each listen. Well done!

You wear your influences on your sleeves, but it's not a bad thing - this is a heartbreaker of a song, well crafted, with more appearing on each listen. Well done!

Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

29 Aug 2017

Triple J
40

Ah yes I see, this appears to be particularly gorgeous yes ok.

Ah yes I see, this appears to be particularly gorgeous yes ok.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

29 Aug 2017

Triple J
40

there's a festival full of this brand of heart breakers/warmers/soothers in oz right now. congrats, you're on the bill!

there's a festival full of this brand of heart breakers/warmers/soothers in oz right now. congrats, you're on the bill!