The sum total of Guy Pearce’s relevance to the music industry up to this point in time has been confined to 1) a few musical theatre roles 2) his turn as a rock star in the retroactively terrible 1990 Australian film Heaven Tonight and 3) a Memento reference on Drake’s Nothing Was The Same album opener “Tuscan Leather” (“Lately I’ve been feelin’ like Guy Pearce in Memento // I just set the bar, niggas fall under it like a limbo”).
Now we can add one more thing.
The Australian actor best known for his sinewy performances in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, L.A. Confidential and Memento will release his first single, “Storm”, on August 22nd, taken from his debut album, Broken Bones, slated for release in November.
The actor recorded at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios in Auckland, NZ alongside an impressive line-up of veteran Kiwi musicians including former Split Enz drummer Michael Barker, bassist Jol Mulholland, guitarist Brett Adams and former Splitz Enz and Crowded House keyboardist Eddie Rayner.
This has been a longtime labour of love for Pearce, who despite releasing his debut album at 46, has been privately writing music for decades.
“Every time I did an interview in the late `80s and early `90s and mentioned I made music the journalist would roll their eyes and go ‘Not another f@#!ing actor who’s going to release a single’,” he told news.com.au. ”I would extremely apologetically say ‘No, of course not! I’d never inflict that on the world’. I allowed that narrow minded belief to drive everything for years. Although maybe people were just sick of actors making music.”
“As we all know back in the `80s a couple of other actors I worked with all went out and released singles, then a few more did. I was very conscious of how that was received. It wasn’t always in a positive way. I was very conscious of not wanting to seem like I was jumping on the bandwagon or annoy people because I wanted to do music myself. So I’d make music but, in my lounge room, or playing with friends, it wasn’t public.”
Now it will be.
Pearce’s debut album, Broken Bones, will be released in November through MGM Distribution.