The exclusive tote bag that you get if you preorder The Tote Bag Pre-order Package or The Super Special Deluxe Limited Edition Pre-order Package.
The exclusive print that you get if you order The Super Special Deluxe Limited Edition Pre-order Package.
We are very happy to tell you that you can now pre-order our third album ‘Choir of Echoes.’
The first 200 physical format pre-orders (100 in North America and 100 for the rest of the world) come with an ‘Echo’ - an extra bonus disc that rather than having demos or live versions simply contains a second copy of ‘Choir of Echoes’ for you to pass on to someone you think will enjoy it.
This is something we have been thinking about for a while. We found out about lots of our absolute favourite music through mixes and copies we taped off of friends’ CDs. Getting an album through the post is still unreasonably satisfying. The ‘Echo’ copy will come in special packaging designed and hand made by our good friend ‘A Sparrow by Water’ who made our ‘Peggy Sue play the Songs of Scorpio Rising’ artwork. Of course you can keep both copies if you like and have them playing in two rooms at the same time.
Pre-orders come as the ‘Just the Music’ package on CD or 12”, as the ‘Tote Bag Package’ (music and a very useful tote bag) or as the ‘Super Special Deluxe Limited Edition’ package with a very useful tote bag and beautiful print both inspired by the album artwork. You can also pre-order the album digitally from us, iTunes or other digital shops.
Here is the necessary link: peggywho.com/preorder
Peggy Sue - Figure of Eight
A new track from Peggy Sue, as featured here!
" We are massively excited to announce our third album ‘Choir of Echoes’.
It is made of 13 songs recorded last winter at Rockfield Studio in Monmouth, Wales and it will be released into the world on January 27th 2014 through Wichita Recordings in the UK and on January 28th through Yep Roc in North America. Although it has more songs than the new Justin Timberlake album, we must confess it is not as long in duration. Regardless we think you’ll still like it a lot.
We will be playing a special album launch show at St Pancras Old Church in London on release day (Jan 27th). You can pre-order tickets for the show from 9am on Weds 9th Oct on our Facebook page here. Then tickets go on sale to the masses at 9am Friday morning here.
More shows, news and moody photographs coming your way soon.
Love and all Peggy Sue x “
Original illustration by Kay Walker
Of the artists I was lucky enough to get the chance to talk to at Green Man Festival this summer, Rosa Slade and Katy Beth Young of Peggy Sue, a bluesy, post-folk-y three-piece from London and Brighton, were the first. Their set on the festival’s main stage had been blessed by surprisingly good weather, although it wasn’t the sunshine that drew the crowd, so that was one of the first questions I asked.
How do you feel about your set?
KATY: I think we won. I think there were maybe a couple of own goals. We probably won, 5-2. Post-match analysis.
ROSA: It was really fun, it was really great. A couple of mess-ups.
KATY: “Own goals” is definitely the best way to phrase it.
ROSA: Yeah, but it was really good.
Have you played any other festivals this summer?
ROSA: Just Lounge on the Farm.
KATY: Just one. We’re sort of in between releases so we’ve been finishing our album off and living our lives for a while.
ROSA: I went on a family reunion trip to America. Yep, that was great. That’s what I’ve done with my summer.
KATY: This is kind of the beginning of us playing again, not lots and lots, but we’ve got some nice things every couple of weeks now, and hopefully for the rest of the year. Our new album will come out next year and then we’ll be a real band again, for a while.
Do you ever find that you need to take a step back [from the music]?
ROSA: I don’t know. I think that the way it’s structured, you end up getting that because you write the album, record the album, then you take a little break, and then you release the album and tour. Within that structure you already have that space to step back. We haven’t been touring manically - we went through a period [where we did] and at that point it was like you come home for a couple of days and go away again. After that period, it was quite nice to take a little break from it. But I think now we’re all at the point where we just want to play shows again. Which is great, because you start really enjoying shows and it kind of becomes sad when a show doesn’t feel spontaneous. When you’re so well-rehearsed and schooled in exactly what’s going to happen that you do the same thing and it becomes less… exciting.
KATY: It was really nice today, because I just didn’t know how many people there were going to be and we’ve never played on a main stage before. It could’ve gone either way really, so that was quite nice and since we haven’t been playing that much, it was quite exciting. I guess you get a little bit jaded when you’re doing it every night.
What’s your favourite part of being musicians?
ROSA: It varies. I would’ve said - during the periods when we recorded our album, I would’ve said -
ROSA: Recording, and - or maybe, actually, [during] the writing period, I would’ve said recording and [during] the recording period, I would’ve said touring. I don’t know. I think all the parts are amazing; I really, really loved the recording process that we had this time. We were close by to here, in a place called Rock Feedback -
ROSA: Rockfield, sorry. Big up Rock Feedback as well. But we were there, and it was really amazing. It was just a really amazing experience. But I’m looking forward to touring again.
I saw you guys were headlining a show for Pussy Riot.
KATY: Oh, we did it. It was this time last year. It was a fundraiser in London. It was really good.
As a band, do you consider yourselves political?
ROSA: I don’t think we are lyrically, on the whole, that political; individually, I do think we have strong views and I think anyone who knows a bit about the Russian politics [does]. We were obviously against the Pussy Riot girls being locked up, so it was really nice to play that benefit. We don’t generally play that many benefits, especially not ones with a political intent, but that was a really great gig, actually. But no, our music’s not that politicised. Lyrically, we’re much more personal.
KATY: We’re pretty selfish, it’s all about us.
What would you say your musical inspirations are?
KATY: I think it’s changed. I think we’ve done a bit of a circle. We’ve always had a really, really vast amount of music that we listened to between us and at the beginning, we were really quite pop-y.
For the sake of veracity, it is worth noting that at this point in the interview Katy’s voice was being drowned out by the sound of a reversing truck, making that very loud beeping noise that large vehicles like to make, so we moved tables. The recording was paused and resumed a minute later, which is why a little bit of Katy’s answer is missing, although I doubt it will impede your comprehension of the following part of our conversation.
KATY: Noisier, guitar-y music took the forefront when we made our second album. Now we’ve kind of come back around again.
ROSA: It’s a mixture, isn’t it.
KATY: It is a mixture; it’s always been a blend of all those things.
ROSA: I think we always, as individuals, have had a really, really broad range of musical influences and that’s anything from Rihanna to Sonic Youth.
KATY: And they just balance.
ROSA: Yeah, it balances out. I guess that it’s natural that you go in circles. I don’t know that many people who are only into one genre of music. Even within our group, we mess around… and that was a really non-specific answer to your question. [laughs] I think you can tell from the music we make that we draw on a lot of different influences. It’s been really fun. We did an album, in between the one that’s about to come out and the one before - the proper studio albums - we did a soundtrack to a Kenneth Anger film and that was all old pop songs.
KATY: 50’s and 60’s.
ROSA: That was really fun for us, because we were approaching it with a new style - heavier guitars and more noise. But it was, in other ways, really taking us back to the roots. When it was just me and Katy, we used to do lots of doo-wops. So, that album kind of enabled us to go back a bit, as well as going forward?
KATY: We had fun again, basically.
Do you ever have “creative differences”?
KATY: Probably. We haven’t had one for a few weeks, so we can pretend we didn’t.
ROSA: I think when we’re writing we have creative differences. We’ll go in different directions a little bit and then we’ll just have to go through the process of drawing it all back in again.
KATY: Everything is all of ours, so there’s always a bit of a struggle. But at the end of the day it’s a democracy.
ROSA: It’ll be like Olly will write a ska beat and we’ll be like, what are you doing? We can’t play that? But then it’s appropriate on a different song. We work it out amongst ourselves.
KATY: But never a ska beat.
ROSA: But not ska, I don’t know why that came into my head.
What music are you listening to now?
ROSA: Katy is probably listening to much more new stuff; after my trip to the family reunion [in America], I went on a delta blues road trip. I went to Memphis, so I’ve been listening to a lot of old blues music. Also, quite a lot of classical music and a lot of audiobooks. It’s not very cool, but that’s kind of what I’ve mainly been listening to. Katy is probably more up to date.
KATY: I have an almost uncontrollable secondhand CD habit and I’ve built up my greatest hits albums recently, so I’ve got quite a lot of really good greatest hits albums that I listen to. Mostly Sam Cooke, Smoky Robinson and The Zombies, like doo-wop-y soul stuff. I’ve had a bit of an obsession with that for the last six months. I feel like being a person who’s into new music is sort of an addiction. I had a bit of a phase where I just couldn’t keep up with it and I had to go cold turkey. But recently, I’ve been getting back into it and it’s definitely like an addiction. Now, when I find something new, like I really like this band Parquet Courts that are playing over here, and I really like [new music] in the way that you’re like, “Ah! I really love this!” and then you listen to it six times in a row and then you never really need to listen to it again.
ROSA: I guess that’s the best thing about [festivals]. We’ve always been a band that liked to go to festivals and we have fun and then we go and watch lots of new music. There is a thing about when you’re touring or gigging, that you are naturally introduced to a lot more new music. So that’s the sad thing about not playing so many shows.
KATY: You have to do all the work yourself!
ROSA: You just have to go to the gigs.
KATY: And sometimes even pay! [laughs]
Who are you really excited about seeing?
ROSA: I’m really excited about seeing lots of friends, to be fair.
KATY: Yeah, Landshapes are playing. Johnny Flynn’s playing on Sunday.
ROSA: Local Natives.
KATY: Sam Amidon. I really wanna see Jacco Gardner, Parquet Courts and Moon Duo, all in a row. Fuck Buttons. I’m really excited about Band of Horses and I’ve never seen them [live].
Here, a section of the interview has been omitted because we veered slightly off-course and entered a discussion about pop music in which I complained about my friend who listens to “harsh noise” (which is, if you were curious, actually just static. Sorry, Ivo.) and talked about One Direction. If you have ever met a One Direction fan, you’ll know that we just can’t help ourselves.
Following this, I made a last-minute decision to wrap up by asking about cheese, a topic that, over the course of the weekend, I discovered musicians are very passionate about.
My friend Jo wanted me to ask you: what’s your favourite kind of cheese?
KATY: Do you mean, what’s your favourite kind of cheese joke?
ROSA: [laughs] I think it’s hard to beat a mature cheddar.
KATY: Yeah, I love mature cheddar.
ROSA: I also really like blue cheeses at the moment. I never did for a long time and now I’ve just got into them.
KATY: I really like brie.
ROSA: I’ve got a cheese joke I made up myself. It goes like this: what does a skydiving cheese sing to itself?
I don’t know…
ROSA: 'Cause I'm brie, brie-falling…
ROSA: Thank you for laughing.
KATY: I’m not laughing.
ROSA: There’s lots of others. How do you coax a bear out of a tree?
Interview by Kay Walker