Peggy Sue visited Third Space in Davis, CA. Needless to say it was a great show.
Peggy Sue’s touring bassist, Ben Rubinstein, of The Mariner’s Children, starting the night out right with a solo set.
There’s no subterfuge in this man. Ben’s voice is as heartfelt and open as his lyrics.
That’s not to say that you can read straight through him. Ben’s lyrics are riddled with dark sentiments that only amplify romantic notions.
Here we have Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange. He may be playing a guitar here, but he’s killer on mandolin.
And here is the other half of Mandolin Orange, Emily Frantz.
3/4 time signature? Mentions booze and a broken heart? Ah yes. It’s the best kind of country and “Waltz About Whiskey” is high up there (for me). And why wouldn’t it? Just look at that title!
The performanThird Space generates an intimate climate. But most importantly, you can see the people behind the music up close and personal, making the experience even more real.
Peggy Sue, not your average folk band. Listed on their Facebook as an influence is “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”
With their newest album, CHOIR OF ECHOS, Peggy Sue has been compared to acts like The XX and Warpaint. But comparisons end at the melodic guitar lines.
“We’re not trying to be a minimalist band.”
Trading in the accordion for electric guitars: “People are predisposed not to like you [in airports] … when you’ve got accordions and things people get grumpy.”
Katy Young laying down the foundation of their stripped down cover of “Hit the Road Jack.”
Rosa Slade, adding an extra layer with dissonant harmonies, definitely helps set Peggy Sue in a different category, vocally.
A, mostly, full band shot. From left to right, Ben Rubenstein, Rosa Slade, Olly Joyce, and Katy Young.
The boys of the band, calm, cool, collected. As the bass and drums they are the heart beat of the band.
The may be gathering comparison to other female fronted groups like First Aid Kit, but Peggy Sue are rebelling against genre limitations and making music just how they like it.
Words Keilani Mitose
Photos Ryan Stewart of Floatograph Inc.