People have said that Jim plays guitar like a drummer. He is. In the mid eighties, he toured the Far East, Europe and Tyneside with near-legendary Geordie club band Foxy, before putting down his sticks, opting for a life of obscurity as graphic designer, husband and dad.
In his late thirties with a mid-life-crises looming, he started writing and recording his songs, self-releasing “Some Songs by Jim Pearson” in his fortieth year.
Suddenly, nothing happened, so he continued, and gradually accumulated a niche following of several well-intentioned virtual people, each possessing an uncanny appreciation of music and lyrics, as well as managing to get a handful of plays on BBC 6 music.
Eventually, Jim overcame his fear and lack of ability to bring his songs to real people via folk and acoustic clubs in the North West of England. Connections were made, and Scaredycats was formed with Steve Wale in 2015. They were later joined by Andy Jacobson on keyboards and Neil Dutton on drums, and completed Dumb Animal in 2017. It was voted album of the year by Liverpool Sound and Vision.
"Dumb Animals is a true eye opener, a wonderful revelation of lyrical prowess and the sheer gall in carrying it off, like a suit stitched together from outrageous colour schemes, with the glint in the eye that can attract even the stoniest of hearts as it is being worn lovingly down the busy market place of music, Dumb Animals is magnificent, panache like steel, sensitive to lyric and music alike." Ian D Hall (Liverpool Sound and Vision, 21 Dec 2017).
You wouldn’t believe it, but he’s now in his fifties and is about to launch his sixth solo offering… SELFIE.
Tom Robinson says...
“You never know what you’ll get next with the Wirral’s Jim Pearson, one year it’s an ambitious 52 track song cycle next it’s a charmingly understated slice of classic indie rock... from his forthcoming album SELFIE ... You can catch up with his substantial catalogue of excellent quality albums at jimpearson.bandcamp.com” (The Tom Robinson Show, January 25th 2020)
“It's five years since my last solo album "It Might Never Happen". It never did. The themes on this album are somewhat personal, reflective, subtly political, eclectic in style and idiosyncratic in places. There are ideas that have been knocking about for a while, a couple were rejected by Scaredycats, others are new, and one sneaked up on me at the last minute. Some of them took a long time to crack and refine, others were quick to write and record, one or two fell at the final hurdle, but all I hope evoke a spirit of spontaneity and musical curiosity.”
“Finally. Jim Pearson's long awaited album, Selfie. A treat for the ears and the soul. As ever, he's peppered us with a subtle mixture of original wisdom, wit and humanity throughout, with great points well made and straight from the heart.” - Julie, friend.
“Jim Pearson returns to his singer-songwriting roots, maintaining his finger on the erratic pulse of uncertain neo-Britishness. His quirky pop-sensitivity is the ideal wrapping for these observational bonbons.” - Brian, friend.
“Jim has some great lyrical themes and develops them well through some of these songs. Listening through two or three times I felt that the album could maybe do with a touch more joy in it here and there” - John, former-friend (joke).
SELFIE is out on February 1st 2020.
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Songwriter from Northern England
Singer with Scaredycats
Jim Pearson’s tracks