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Peggy Sue / April 2014 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 30th October 2013 at 9:00 am
 

Brighton trio Peggy Sue have announced a tour of the UK for next April, starting in their hometown on the 7th of April at Green Door Store. Tickets will be available through a fan presale through the band’s Facebook as of today at 10 AM, but the general sale begins Friday the 1st of November at 9 AM.

Their second album ‘Choir of Echoes’ will be released the 27th of January on Wichita Recordings.

Monday 7th April 2014 – Brighton Green Door Store
Wednesday 9th April 2014 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Thursday 10th April 2014 – Glasgow Broadcast
Friday 11th April 2014 – Liverpool Leaf
Saturday 12th April 2014 – Sheffield Harley
Monday 14th April 2014 – Bristol Old Bookshop
Tuesday 15th April 2014 – London Oslo

 

Live Review: First Aid Kit with Peggy Sue at Black Cat, Washington DC – 30th March 2012

 
By on Tuesday, 10th April 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg – better known by their stage name First Aid Kit – have never played Washington DC before, until late last month. Their first visit was thwarted by a freak accident: in October 2010 I saw Casiokids and Delphic play fun dance parties at DC9 and expected to see First Aid Kit the week after, but after a still unexplained death outside the club, the venue was shuttered for weeks and the girls were forced to cancel. Nearly a year and a half later, on the strength and hard NPR promotion of their latest album, ‘The Lion’s Roar’, released in January (read my album review here). Washington spoke of their approval of the band and the new release with their wallets: before I knew it (and much to the disappointment of several of our local friends), the gig quickly sold out.

The opener for the evening was Peggy Sue. At first, I thought this was a bad fit with First Aid Kit, as when I think of Peggy Sue, I think of pop song with heavier drum beats. However, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The strong harmonies of Rosa Rex (the ginger) and Katy Klaw (the brunette), paired either with gently played guitar or those that were attacked for faster songs, were just the perfect set-up to First Aid Kit. I found it adorable when the two girls were up on the tippy toes of their shoes, singing their hearts into the mikes.

Self described breakup ballad ‘You and I’ dazzled, but it was two more unique songs that stole the show: an unusual and inspired cover of Martha and the Vandellas’ ‘Heat Wave’ (featured on a CD collection of ‘50s/’60s covers being sold only on this tour), and a new song called ‘Idle’ referencing the Devil and Robert Johnson. (I wonder if they’re Led Zeppelin fans.) But the song that best bridged their performance to the Swedes set later was ‘How Heavy the Quiet That Grew Between Your Mouth and Mine’, which Klaw explained as their only country number. The audience lapped up their performance.

To say that the Soderberg sisters arrived onstage looking flamboyant is a bit of an understatement. While the younger, brunette Klara wore admirable knee length cowboy boots, both sisters wore what I’d best describe as black and gold sequined ponchos. Sorry for the stereotype, but I was expecting plaid shirts and denim. But it really didn’t matter to the crowd assembled what they wore. A series of beautifully spun songs followed, filled to the brim with gorgeous harmonies, followed in quick succession. In between the songs, the sisters spoke to us like we were old friends.

Klara admitted she’d scared Johanna who, in the shower, was too easy of a target with a Psycho-themed prank. They insisted the club had to be completely quiet for the two of them to sing a particular song; shockingly to Cheryl and I, the room became so quiet you could have heard a pin drop (never happens at the Black Cat, ever) and they sang ‘Ghost Town’, the mournful chorus of “if you’ve got visions of the past / let them follow you down / and they’ll come back to you someday / and I found myself attached / to this railroad track / but I’ll come back to you someday”. What a sad song, yet so beauteous. Considering their ages (Johanna is just past 21 and Klara is still not legal), you have to wonder how girls so young can write so well about such real, complicated experiences and relationships.

With a new album out, the set was heavy with new songs (‘New Year’s Eve’, ‘To a Poet’, ‘In the Hearts of Men’) and to my relief, I liked these better live than on recording. Singles ‘Emmylou’ (video below) and ‘The Lion’s Roar’ didn’t disappoint either. What struck us completely out of character was the sisters’ inelegant headbanging. So that’s when their flowing long locks of Scandinavia hair comes into play! The funniest moment was during ‘The Lion’s Roar’, the last song before the encore; in a fit of overzealous headbanging, Johanna lost her poncho and the poor girl, she wasn’t wearing a bra, just a little tank top, so it was a bit of an embarrassing moment for her. But I give her props for totally taking it in stride, for when they returned for a rousing encore of a cover of Patti Smith’s ‘Dancing Barefoot’ followed by ‘King of the World’, she came back without the poncho and embraced womanhood. “I’m nobody’s baby / I’m everybody’s girl / I’m the queen of nothing / I’m in the king…of the world!” announced the younger Klara, and for that evening, they were kings, queens or at least certainly joined the kind of folk rock royalty that they have revered for years. While there was a part of me that was sad that I never got to see them at much tinier DC9 2 years ago pre-‘The Lion’s Roar’, I am very grateful I got to see them perform in front of an adoring all-ages crowd, circumstances they so deserved.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8bhaXDf79k[/youtube]

After the cut: both bands’ set lists.
Continue reading Live Review: First Aid Kit with Peggy Sue at Black Cat, Washington DC – 30th March 2012

 

Live Gig Video: Bands in Transit featuring Peggy Sue

 
By on Tuesday, 1st November 2011 at 4:00 pm
 

This live performance video of Peggy Sue‘s ‘Shadow’ comes courtesy of Bands in Transit, who caught up with the band to capture the best of ‘Acrobats’, Peggy Sue’s second album released earlier this year. Enjoy it below.

 

Video of the Moment #575: Peggy Sue

 
By on Tuesday, 13th September 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Peggy Sue‘s new video for ‘Song and Dance’ is a starkly beautiful visual piece. The dance moves are a little Pat Benatar ‘Love is a Battlefield’, but the song itself is great. It’s a preview to the Brighton band’s new album ‘Acrobats’ out this week in the UK on Wichita Recordings. The band just started a tour yesterday in London; for more details on the other English dates, go here.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/28780651[/vimeo]

 

Peggy Sue / September 2011 English Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 12th July 2011 at 9:00 am
 

Brighton’s Peggy Sue have announced a short tour of England in September. ‘Acrobats’, their new album, will be released on the 12th of September on Wichita Recordings, just as the tour begins. Tickets are on sale now.

Monday 12th September 2011 – London Lexington
Wednesday 14th September 2011 – Winchester Railway
Thursday 15th September 2011 – Bristol Louisiana
Saturday 17th September 2011 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Sunday 18th September 2011 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club

 

In the Post #59: Peggy Sue – Fossils and Other Phantoms

 
By on Thursday, 1st April 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

While generally being labelled a folk band, Peggy Sue have an under bubbling of all sorts in their music, from doo wop to jazz to indie. Their debut album, Fossils and other Phantoms, certainly proves to be a Pandora box of sounds, which at times are wonderful, and at others, not so.

Brilliant opener, Long Division Blues’, crescendo of jazzy ‘do do do’s’ are angelically catchy, while Fossils, a delicate sea shanty filled with energetic percussion and waving accordions, highlights the girl’s soulful vocals and ability to harmonise very well. Green Grow the Rushes is a further favourite, the humble acoustic complimenting the rich, bluesy vox, of which particularly echo Laura Marling’s latest, matured material. The gentle harmonies of said track skip away delightfully in the background, sugar coating this otherwise sinister sounding number.

Yo Mama’s tribal drums, and suave accordion, meanwhile, add a further layer of menace to the album, while The Shape We Made proves a truly adorable closer. Peggy Sue songs’ have a noticeable ability to take an unexpected turn, particularly proved via the jagged, uncomfortable percussion of this track. The lyrics, too, are incredibly touching, as the frail voice pines “I miss the shape we used to make. I miss your breath I used to take.”.

Matilda is a key example, however, of when Peggy Sue’s vocals can begin to grate. The twang placed at the end of words echoes the annoyingly LDN accents of indie stars gone-by. Watchmen, meanwhile, proves the duo harmonies can sometimes end up sounding more Kate Nash than First Aid Kit, alas bringing the elegant folk down to kitchen sink indie.

Don’t get me wrong – Katy and Rosa, the two front ladies of Peggy Sue, are undoubtedly a talented pair of songstresses. But I do believe their album does risk falling by the way side when amongst the likes of the more rich folksters ala Mumford and the Sons and First Aid Kit. Fossils and other Phantoms is a light-hearted, cute package, however, and will most certainly appeal to indie teens currently busy swinging their petticoats to Laura Marling and Kate Nash. And there’s a lot of them.

Peggy Sue’s debut album, Fossils and other Phantoms is out on 11th April 2010. Pr-order it from Amazon now.

 
 
 

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