Acclaimed British rockers Peggy Sue will kick off 2014 by touring the U.S. in advance of their highly anticipated third full-length Choir of Echoes, out January 28 on Yep Roc Records. Joined by Mandolin Orange and Mariner's Children (Peggy Sue bass player Ben Rubinstein solo), on select dates, Peggy Sue will play shows in New York, Los Angeles and more.
Spin recently premiered the video for "Idle," the first single from the new record. The video was created from found footage that the magazine calls "eerie" and can be viewed on YouTube. The band says, "'Idle' is a song about being unemployed and incurably thoughtful. The opening and closing parts are a kind of troubled gospel song-a prayer for purpose in the knowledge that the purpose will probably not be a 'good' one. It's about impatience and distractions and thinking about things too much. And of course it's about a boy."
Choir of Echoes was produced at the legendary Rockfield Studio in South Wales by Jimmy Robertson and mixed by longtime collaborator John Askew. Of the record, the band says "Choir of Echoes is an album about singing. About losing your voice and finding it again. Voices keeping each other company and voices competing for space. The call and response of the kindest and the cruelest words. Choruses. Duets. Whispers and shouts."
The new album follows 2011's Acrobats, which NPR called "mountainous and brooding." Additionally, 2012 saw the self-release of a collection of reinterpretations of the groundbreaking soundtrack to Kenneth Anger's 1963 cult classic short film Scorpio Rising. The 12 tracks resulted from their performances playing live alongside a screening of the film, and were issued as a series of 1,000 hand stamped, packaged and signed CDs.
Peggy Sue is singer-guitarists Rosa Slade and Katy Young and drummer Olly Joyce. Since the release of Acrobats, the band has toured across Europe and North American with the likes of Jack White, Wild Flag, Joan As Policewoman and labelmates First Aid Kit, including a recent stop on the main stage of this summer's Green Man Festival.
PEGGY SUE TOUR DATES
January 29 Bryan, TX Grand Stafford*
February 1 Austin, TX The Mohawk*
February 3 Tempe, CA Yucca Tap Room†
February 5 San Diego, CA Soda Bar†
February 6 Los Angeles, CA The Echo*
February 7 Davis, CA 3rd Space†
February 8 Berkeley, CA Starry Plough†
February 10 Portland, OR Holocene†
February 11 Seattle, WA Sunset Tavern‡
February 13 Brooklyn, NY Glasslands‡
February 15 Philadelphia, PA Ortlieb's‡
*with Mandolin Orange
†with Mandolin Orange and Mariner's Children
‡with Mariner's Children