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REVIEW: Peggy Sue

PUBLISHED: 15:07 15 April 2010 | UPDATED: 15:52 05 October 2010

Excited and nervous: Brighton trio Peggy Sue

Excited and nervous: Brighton trio Peggy Sue

Silencing a crowd of 600 cannot be easy – especially when you are playing your biggest gig yet. But Peggy Sue have us transfixed. The Brighton trio – Rosa Slade and Katy Young and Olly Joyce – are noticeably nervous and excited. They are pleased to be her

Silencing a crowd of 600 cannot be easy - especially when you are playing your biggest gig yet.

But Peggy Sue have us transfixed. The Brighton trio - Rosa Slade and Katy Young and Olly Joyce - are noticeably nervous and excited. They are pleased to be here at The Garage in Highbury and they let us know. They sing, strum and drum their hearts out.

Vocalists Slade and Young's mix of sultry and sweet rises above hypnotising riffs and beating drums in a whirl of brooding melodies. Their songs start off simple and build with each verse. Choruses swell then drop away.

Joyce remains constant behind them, keeping the music driving on, and string section Becca Mears and Emma Kraemer put wind in the songs' sails.

Lyrics are sharp and cynical. "I only came to see you see me," they sing. That's not the case tonight. Their songs maybe full of lust, jealousy and remorse, but on stage they are smiling and bright.

Stomping tracks Lazarus and Watchman are instantly likeable and quieter songs such as Lover Gone warrant many more listens.

And while some of their many listed influences can picked out - such as Regina Spektor, Johnny Cash and new favourites, Mumford and Sons - Peggy Sue do not sound like anyone in particular. The style of their music is traditional, but they manage to keep it young.

These three are picking up pace and about to head off around Europe. They will be back in May. Keep an ear out.

Jasmine Coleman

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