“Pearl” symbolized a softer and perhaps more delicate sound which could also be associated with the emotion and sadness often portrayed in the band’s songs. The band’s symbol is a simple compass-like shape made up of a circle, or pearl, on top of a 4-point star. The points of the star represented various things such as the 4 band members themselves, the elements, (earth, air, fire, and water), as well as other artistic definitions which were played with over the years. Over time, different members joined and left the group but there are 4 main people who were always considered to be the core of the band; Charlie, George, Bill, and Rob. With the exception of George, none of the members had any formal musical training. Other members that were part of the band for a short while were Doc, Joe, and Victor although they never contributed to any of the recorded material in the band's current collection.
Various close friends of the band were also were unofficially inducted into it as “social members” also known as "The Army of Pearl" and who would sometimes contribute poetry or artwork or help out in other ways. IronPearl self-released a couple albums. The first was called “14 Tracks Of Crap” which was created in 1999. The songs were recorded through a single desktop microphone and then edited and assembled on an old computer. Only a few copies of this album were ever made and given to close friends and family.
The second and by far the most successful album from the band was titled “Cliché Christ” which was released in early 2001. This album, although still very raw sounding, was considerably better than the first. Having access to supplies through school, the band was able to release the album with various extras such as stickers, photos, and other inserts. 100 copies of this album were burned, a process which took an entire day using a 4x CD-RW burner on an old 450 MHz computer.
The band also printed out all the inserts and labels on a single desktop printer and took turns cutting them to size. A dozen or so cassettes were also made. To sell the album, the members would walk down to a local plaza and stand out front of the stores. They would grab a shopping cart to put their supplies in and place a small stereo in the child's seat. They would then inconspicuously unplug a nearby soda machine, plug in their stereo, and stand there playing their album to the people who walked by.
Amazingly, they were never asked to leave by any of the store managers. A good amount of CDs were sold this way at $5 each. The rest were sold to classmates or given away to certain select people and family members. The band had a website for a couple years but there were some problems renewing the domain name and the site was never re-made. As of now, the closest thing to a website for the band is Bill’s personal web site at http://ironpearl.armyofpearl.com/ Towards the end of 2001, about a week after 9/11, Bill and Rob moved out to Lake Havasu City, Arizona and were roommates for a while.
Charlie also moved out to Arizona for a few months to live with them but decided to move back to Massachusetts in 2002. During their time spent in AZ, a few small performances were held at a local café and Charlie started up a few brief side projects with some local musicians. Rob eventually decided to join the Navy soon after and has been enlisted ever since. Bill stayed in Arizona for a while, came back to Massachusetts for a few months then moved back out there but he eventually came back to Massachusetts in May of 2003 and currently resides in Fitchburg.
George stayed put in Fitchburg and also currently resides there as well. Charlie moved out to California in November of 2005, got married, and now has a little girl. Due to going their separate ways, the band is no longer able to work on music together although sometimes one of them will create a song and release it under the name of the band. Despite the distance between them, the band never officially considered itself to be broken up and the consensus of the majority is that if the opportunity arises in the future, they will continue to create music. Read more on Last.fm.
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