NYC darlings The Pierces landed in Hollywood Saturday night, fresh off their UK tour supporting Lissie, opening for her at L.A.’s capacity-filled Music Box. The band played two more headline shows while in town at Bardot and Hotel Café, arriving to debut their new EP Love You More, released in the UK in October. The Pierces’ next highly-anticipated album, You and I, drops March 14th on Polydor Records, produced by Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman and Rick Simpson under their new production company, The Darktones.

I hadn’t seen the band since 2008 in NYC, after the release for their third studio album, Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge, produced by Roger Greenawalt. Tonight at Hotel Café, backed by a 4-piece, The Pierces took on a rich, darker, cabaret sound perfectly suited to their fluid harmonies and Fleetwood Mac circa Rumors sound.

The striking sisters Catherine (vocals) and Allison Pierce (guitar/vocals), carried by the rhythmic guitar of Jason Roberts, Christian Langdon on bass, Peter Rimm on keys, and Will Champion on drums, captivated the intimate, packed room of West Coast fans.

Tonight, Catherine, in a sheer, vivid 60′s asymmetrical shawl, opened with a new song “Drag You Down”, a melancholy, psychedelic tune. “Love You More”, the band’s first single on You and I, is a powerful, guitar-driven love anthem (played on the album by Albert Hammond Jr.), with dramatic bass and drums, with lyrics that describe a gritty, emotional break up.

The band also played some favorites off their last record, like “Secret”, a taboo kitsch lullaby-style tune about not being able to keep a secret, which was featured on the popular TV show Pretty Little Liars.
“Have you ever told someone a secret and made them promise not to tell? Well guess what?! They’re going to tell at least four other people,” teases Catherine, as she introduced the song.

“Sticks and Stones”, a morbid, yet catchy musing about not letting petty insults get to you, is both haunting and maniacal. “We Are Stars”, a sweeping, mega-ballad about love and regret, is a sure fire standout favorite on the new album. The girls’ ability to mix gypsy indie folk with great pop standards is one of their many assets, and it’s the reason both for their longevity and for them getting on stages for everyone to see. They are simply great songwriters, hailed everywhere from The Rolling Stone, who featured them as Breaking Band, to The Sunday Times. If you’re in the UK, don’t miss The Pierces perform at The Q sessions on Friday, Jan 28th. –Aishah Roberts/photos by Carl Pocket


  1. the keyboardist’s name is Pete Remm and the drummer’s name is Pete Caldes