Peggy Sue at Rough Trade East
The lovely folk pop band Peggy Sue played yesterday at Rough Trade East in front of a calm and small bunch of indie music fans. The cold weather was mitigated by the warm and sweet notes of the music, which entertained the audience for about 40 minutes – just time for a few songs from their previous studio records and from the upcoming Choir of Echoes, released via Yep Roc Records.
Thanks to the instrumentation and songwriting, this Brighton trio can fit in the set of the contemporary pop folk bands and musicians, alongside Mumford & Sons, Fanfarlo and Of Monsters and Men, which have been very popular in the last few years.
The live set is divided in two parts, five songs from Fossils and Other Phantoms (2010) and Acrobats (2011), and five songs from the new album, out on the 27th January. This setlist showed chronologically the evolution of the style and sound of the band: from the lo-fi indie pop of the beginning to a much more adult and mature songwriting of their latest productions. Considering the young age of the band members, it can be claimed that these three friends (plus a bass player onstage) have unquestionably improved during the last 12 months. The band have been in the music business (before as Peggy Sue & the Picture and from 2008 Peggy Sue & the Pirates) for almost 10 years, but unfortunately without reaching huge success.
Although the members of the band are shy and timid, you can feel a professional outlook onstage: Katy and Rose – the two guitarists and voices – brightly support each other during the songs, talking and chatting with the audience about their music and records. This mix of maturity and modesty hopefully will be found on their upcoming record, which we hope is going to be their best, and deserved, achievement to date.
Photos: Adam Bennett
For further information and future events visit Peggy Sue’s website here.