Manchester UK based band Pearl Divers is the brain child of writer, singer and guitarist Carl Lingard. His initial work under the Pearl Divers brand was the impressive EP “The Boy Who Won The World” (2009) which was a solo effort. Deciding to take his work live he formed a trio with Mike Leigh (The Fall) and John “Monty” Montague on bass, following some early rehearsals the line-up was expanded with Tony Gilbody on keyboards and Jeff Black on guitar and MIDI instruments. High profile gigs at Night and Day in Manchester, the Salford Music Festival and supporting Martin Bramah’s Factory Star, were followed by the addition of Ben “Spilla” Doherty on vocals/rap, and a more urban/soul direction away from the initial indie feel of the material. Several attempts to record an initial album, and the addition of other vocalists, including Danielle “MzDee” Carter, lead to the creative differences emerging between band members regarding the change in musical direction. Leigh left to join The Blimp, and, Black. Montague and Carter formed Positronik. Lingard put Pearl Divers on hold for a few years.
Roll onto to 2014 and Lingard decided to try again with the Pearl Divers project. He recruited Gareth Johnson on guitar and Paul Greenhow on drums and convinced Jeff Black to rejoin the band, this time on bass guitar. Lingard’s desire to work with a female vocalist was realised when Nathalie Hayley joined. Lingard had been hard at work on new material which was not released but some tracks appeared on Charity Albums for German Shepherd Records and the band played live around Greater Manchester.
Further personnel changes over the last few years bring us to current the Pearl Divers line-up which comprises Carl Lingard, Guitars, Vocals, Debbie Allen, Vocals , Jeff Black, Bass, David Robson, Drums and Pierce Burr, Keyboards.
The band is currently concluding the recording of their debut album. Samples of the tracks are available at the bands Soundcloud page. The band is working with session musicians, Producer Liam Gaunt and with Martin Swinny on videos for the album.
The bands music varies between soulful ballads with a nod to John Barry in the sultry “Smoking Gun” , and upbeat guitar led indie in “Sunshine”, and “Waterfall” which comprise The bands first EP “The Past Ain’t Made to Last” which will be released by German Shepherd in August 2017.
Debbie is from Liverpool and notably reached boot camp on X-Factor in 2008
Jeff currently records as Captain Black and has released two albums via German Shepherd Records the second of which featured Carl on vocals on several tracks
Dave was previously in a covers band called The Roaches. Pierce is a medical student