Peggy Sue do Exeter Cavern, utter chaos ensues.

May 23, 2010 § 4 Comments


Possibly the funniest interview I have ever done, and certainly one of the best shows I have seen at The Cavern.


Peggy Sue – Lover Gone (if we ran a song of the month this would be it)

Peggy Sue – Watchman

Peggy Sue – February Snow (DayTrotter session)


Peggy Sue took to the stage at the Cavern on the evening after a particularly strange exam, the sun had been shining and Exeter felt a bit dreamy to say the least. The folk tunes that came from the band were entirely ideal for the day. Clearly well polished after extensive touring for the newly released record the vocal harmonies were spot on and had me weak at the knees to say the least. The 2 girls cruised through an excellent set of old and new material courtesy of guitars, ukuleles, drums and accordions all ably backed by colourful drumming.

After the show I managed to catch the girls for a few questions, ably accompanied by Dan. Here’s what was said/yelled/tried to be talked over.

APFOS: Excellent show, how did it go for you? Is this your first time in Exeter?

Peggy Sue: Yeah it was a good gig, my aunt lives in Exeter so I’ve been here a few times

So your album has just been released and the tour is in full swing, what’s next for Peggy Sue?

Well we are currently in the middle the biggest tour we have done yet and we still have a month and a half left to do. Very exciting news though is that our camper van that we have been staying in for most of the tour so far is being upgraded to a Travelodge which is really good news for us. I feel like band stalkers of today should really start hanging around Travelodges, we are the only thing keeping them in business! The American tour will hopefully have a few buildings for us to stay in, camper vans are a bit intense. Why are there so many seagulls in Exeter?

I don’t really know, but there are a ton of them. What are your favourite bands from your home town Brighton?

Well technically speaking we are not from Brighton, that’s where we formed. There is this fantastic collective from Brighton called The Wilkommen Collective which include people like Leisure Society. Mechanical Bride has the most incredibly beautiful voice you should really listen to her, then there’s a band called Tristram who are really cool as well.

What would you say is the best thing that has happened at one of your gigs?

We did a gig supporting the Maccabees and somehow we had the crowd moshing, which is almost impossible to do with our music so that was pretty cool. It’s always fun when people buy us drinks. whats the most elaborate drink we have ever been bought? it’s usually shots actually but we have a friend who was doing a show in America and she mentioned to the crowd a love for drinking and some guy bought her a bottle of champagne, but that’s a bit weird isn’t it? bit too creepy for me. Actually someone bought me a pineapple in a supermarket which was a first for me and for him I think, but that wasn’t at a gig so it doesn’t count.

No that is definitely ridiculous enough to count. Is there one of you who writes most of the lyrics, are there a few lines that you are most  proud of?

Its pretty much 50/50…

At this point 2 hardcore fans stumble across us and pounce on the girls. What follows is a large of amount of praise of music and clothes (both of which are worthy of praise). Peggy Sue are very modest and grateful for the adoration and all is well.

The interview then takes another blow when 50+ drunk Lacrosse players descend upon us like an absolute hurricane of obscene banter, one member who is a friend of mine catches inebriated sight of us and jumps on me attempting both to passionatly kiss me and hurl abuse at everything. Despite consistent objections he stays and after various attempts at conversational swearing does in fact succeed in asking a question.

Drunk Lacrosse player: What kind of music do you guys play?

Peggy Sue: Folk

Do you play any Nelly? Or Kelly?

Peggy Sue: Are you three brothers?

I, Dan and DLP take great offence to this although concede that perhaps our eyes are similar. Upon realising how bizarre this interview has become I stop the recorder on my phone and listen in.

So that was Peggy Sue. Quality band, pretty funny girls and certainly worth a huge amount of your time.




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