We catch up with Peggy Sue's Rosa Slade ahead of their newly released album!
Speaking to Contact Music following their fourth album release 'Choir of Echoes', Peggy Sue's Rosa Slade tells us how happy she is with the end product, her enjoyment of literature, recording at Rockfield studios and the main influence behind the new Peggy Sue sound.
"Yes, we're happy with the album, it's a nice feeling", she said when asked about the new album. "The band had a clear idea about what the album would sound like from the offset." Peggy Sue have released three studio albums since their formation in 2006; 2010 debut 'Fossils and Other Phantoms', 2011's 'Acrobats' and 2012's 'Peggy Sue Play the Songs of Scorpio Rising'. Rosa cited the 2012 release as a major influence behind their newest release saying,"It's got lots of traditional doo-wop vocals and, like, using your voice as an instrument."
A passion for literature is also evident as she explains that a Greek myth about a nymph named Echo contributed towards part of the album title, whilst stating she has "really become interested in poetry" and listed Ted Hughes, Sean Borrowdale and W.H Auden among her favourites. It was perhaps this interest that aided the poetic and metaphorical lyrics ever present in the works of Peggy Sue.
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We caught up with Rosa Slade from unique Brighton-based band Peggy Sue who have recently released their newest album 'Choir of Echoes'. Along with other band members Katy Young and Olly Joyce, Rosa worked on the album at the famous Rockfield Studios, the birthplace of 'Bohemian Rhapsody', the place where Motorhead made their first studio recordings and where Oasis, Black Grape, The Charlatans and The Boo Radleys all recorded UK number one albums between 1996-97. Rosa spoke to us about 'Choir of Echoes', poetry and record shops while also offering unsigned artists some words of advice!
ContactMusic: How are you doing?
Rosa: I'm alright! I'm moving out so I'm packing up loads and loads of boxes, so you're a welcome break!
CM: What can you tell us about your upcoming album 'Choir of Echoes'?
Rosa: We recorded it November/December 2012, at Rockfield Studios, Wales. We were influenced a lot by a project we did in between this album and the last, a cover album called 'Peggy Sue Plays the Songs of Scorpio Rising' which was actually the sound track to Kenneth Anger's 1963 film. It's got lots of traditional doo-wop vocals and, like, using your voice as an instrument and we took some of that and put it onto this album. It's a bit dreamier in terms of the way it sounds. The name is based on the final night of recording. The opening track on the album is called 'Come Back Around', which is actually a part of a vocal loop which happens at the end of 'Two Shots' (which is another song on the album), and "come back around" is lyrics from that so we wanted there to be that sort of circular narrative of an album which is like an echo. We recorded it in this echo chamber so the title of the album kind of comes from that; it also comes from this Greek myth about Echo, who was a Nymph who was cursed and had her voice taken away from her, this album is a lot to do with voices and the way in which you use them. Previously we'd been really interested in talking about words and their constraints and the beauty of words and this is much more about the voice itself and how powerful a tool it is.
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Acrobats is the sophomore album from London dwelling Brighton hailing trio Peggy Sue. Having cast aside the Pirates and drawn a line through the Pictures, their previous longer moniker incarnations, but picked up a drummer they have also seemingly developed their sound from a more folksie beginning into a far more confident and noisy proposition altogether. Since forming in 2005 the band have built a fan base through some individual and inspired marketing of early EP releases, a hectic live schedule and the warm reception of their debut album 'Fossils And Other Phantoms'.
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