words by Andrew Frisicano, CMJ photos by Bryan Bruchman
DOWNLOAD: Peggy Sue - Watchman (MP3)
Peggy Sue is London trio Rosa Rex, Katy Klaw and their drummer Olly. Their new album Fossil's and Other Phantoms (out now in the UK) comes out stateside on Yep Roc Records June 1st. Previously, they had an EP out last summer. The band joined us all the way back in October for a BV day party at Pianos during CMJ. They played the upstairs room and their tour-mates at the time, Sky Larkin, played downstairs. Pictures from both of their sets are (finally) in this post (below).
Peggy Sue comes to North America again for tour dates this June. The full schedule is below - they play NYC on Thursday, June 10th at Pianos (tickets TBA). They love Pianos.
The new record's first single, "Watchman," is available for the first time above. The song is a simmering minor key that actually has its roots in Brooklyn. About the song, Katy writes
This was one of three songs written whilst we were in the studio in Brooklyn and recorded a few months later when we returned to London. The beginning part of the writing process is always quite an insular thing for us. You find yourself an empty room and then that's all you can do until its written. We were recording and living in quite small spaces so it was quite intense and writing new songs was in some ways an excuse for some private time. Lyrically, it's about how there is always a boy who is looking at a girl who is looking at a different boy. Sometimes we play it and I'm the person looking and sometimes I'm the person being looked upon.A few listens through the song's expertly layered harmonies and Peggy Sue's pairing with Local Natives on a recent UK tour will make a lot of sense.
All Peggy Sue tour dates, album info & cover, the video for "Watchman" and more are below...
"Fossil's and Other Phantoms" tracklist
Long Division Blues
I Read It In The Paper
Green Grow The Rushes
Careless Talk Costs Lives
The Shape We Made
Peggy Sue @ Pianos...
Sky Larkin @ Pianos...
Peggy Sue - 2010 North American Tour Dates
Tue 06/08/10 DC9 Washington DC #
Wed 06/09/10 Johnny Brendas Philadelphia PA
Thu 06/10/10 Pianos New York NY
Fri 06/11/10 Paradise Boston MA Buffalo Tom
Sat 06/12/10 Le Divan Orange Montreal QC
Sun 06/13/10 Sneaky Dees Toronto ON
Mon 06/14/10 Schubas Tavern Chicago IL
Tue 06/15/10 400 Bar Minneapolis MN
Sat 06/19/10 Sunset Tavern Seattle WA
Sun 06/20/10 Mississippi Studios Portland OR
Mon 06/21/10 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco CA
Tue 06/22/10 Spaceland Los Angeles CA
# w/ Quintron & Miss Pussycat, JEFF the Brotherhood
Peggy Sue - more 2010 Tour Dates
May 12th - Hush at The Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room
May 14th - Brighton - The Great Escape
May 15th - The Hague, Holland - Walk The Line Festival
May 17th - Birmingham - Yardbird Jazz Cafe
May 19th - Exeter - Cavern Club
May 21st - Wood Festival - Braziers Park, Oxfordshire
May 23rd - York - Stereo
May 24th - Sheffield - Forum
May 25th - Norwich - Arts Centre
May 26th - Barcelona - Primavera @ Sala Apollo
May 28th - Cardiff - Buffalo Bar
May 29th - Bristol - Dot to Dot Festival
May 30th - Nottingham - Dot to Dot Festival
May 31st - Manchester - Dot to Dot Festival
June 2nd - Edinburgh - Sneaky Petes
June 3rd - Glasgow - Stereo
June 4th - Leeds - Brudenell Social Club
Aug 13th - Leicester - Summer Sundae Festival