Eli Pearl grew up in Venice Beach, feasting on hefty portions of glam rock, soul, and early punk while most of his friends were becoming more and more enamored with the rise of auto-tuned rap and EDM. When he was eleven years old, his mother was convinced to buy him a guitar in hopes of keeping him out of trouble. By the time Eli was thirteen, he was getting recognized for his wildly intense stage presence and was regularly playing live in bands at LA clubs including the Whiskey A Go Go, the Key Club, and the Roxy.
Following in the footsteps of his rock music idols who went to art school, Eli attended The San Francisco Art Institute. Daily critiques of works were grueling but instilled a respect for the process of formulating, producing, and presenting his artistic vision, which often incorporated sound for a full and complete sensory experience. After graduating in 2011, he went on a summer-long tour across the American South as a steel guitarist with The Driftwood Singers. Eli returned to Los Angeles to form The Brixtones, a trio that blended 60s style country with English psychedelic rock. The Brixtones played regularly around Los Angeles and recorded a self-titled EP for which Eli wrote all the material. Simultaneously, Eli spent a year creating after school music classes at an elementary school in Compton, California while interning for Hans Zimmer. Eli has worked as a session guitarist with producer/songwriter Linda Perry for more than two years and was featured on her Vh1 reality series “Make it or Break it with Linda Perry”. Recent TV work with Linda includes a week as the house band on CBS’s special late night version of “The Talk.” While working for Linda, he performed and recorded with numerous artists including Natasha Bedingfield, Aimee Osbourne, and Courtney Love.
Never content to be 20 ft. from stardom, Eli recently shifted his focus back to his own music and set out to record his first full length solo album. He spent the winter writing and demoing more than a dozen new songs, on which he played all the instruments and provided all the vocals. He realized that he had the makings of an album and decided to link up with producer Luther Russell and engineer Jason Hiller. Over the course of fifteen days they re-recorded 12 of the songs and completed the eponymously titled album “Eli & The Itches.” This is somewhat of a concept-based album and the stories it tells are inspired by the less celebrated residents of L.A.’s underbelly including a few bad cops, some good girls who might be boys, a sci-fi femme fatale, and a paranormal mistress thrown in for good measure. “Eli & the Itches” harkens back to some of the sounds of Berlin-era Bowie melded to the NYC gutter narratives of Jim Carroll, with a modern flavor, a recipe that is quintessentially Eli.