Ready! Peggy! Go!
When Peggy Sue released their debut album ‘Fossils and Other Phantoms’ back in 2010, all sorts of people were ready to pigeonhole them under the nu-folk banner – a movement that gave us the likes of Mumford and Sons et al. But over the course of the subsequent decade – and a clutch of very fine albums, and tours with the likes of First Aid Kit and Jack White – Katy Young and Rosa Slade proved that they were very much their own thing. Their latest album – last year’s ‘Vices’ – was among the best received of their career and packed in 60s pop, surf guitars, tracks that were as soft as a whisper, tracks that knew when to get a wiggle on, slinky harmonies, strident harmonies, and bittersweet tales that were told in the lushest of manners. There’s a real push and pull to the album, with a tension between the positivity and the downbeat, and romances that soar and then crumble, and it makes for an entirely bracing listen. DP
Peggy Sue, Friday 26 November, The Cluny, Newcastle, 7.30pm, £9.