Share new single "Validate Me"
Peggy Sue are sharing their new single "Validate Me" online, taken from their upcoming album Vices, which is set for release Feb 21st via French Exit. The London-based duo made up
of Katy Young & Rosa Slade will also embark on a full UK tour next year.
"Validate Me" is the second single from Peggy Sue’s fourth album Vices. It’s a two-and-half minute confessional about to the ways we lose ourselves in another persons’ feelings for us.
“We were listening to a lot of Ramones, and female bands that borrow from them - like Colleen Green and Vivian Girls - and 'Validate Me takes inspiration from the way they can combine sweet and vulnerable and seething and heavy all in one track. This song owns up to a set of emotions that aren’t particularly empowering – to getting validation from someone else’s desire for you.
But there’s something empowering about admitting to them.
Lots of the songs on the new album Vices are sort of messed-up love songs for things that feel good, but aren't necessarily good for you – like getting staying out too late, or taking too much comfort from certain people"
said Peggy Sue's Katy Young about the track.
It has taken Peggy Sue four years to work through all of their Vices. The London band's upcoming fourth album, due February 21st is their first full-length release since 2014's Choir Of Echoes.
Its ten tracks are bittersweet tales of love and distraction, as simple as they are powerful,
and irresistible in their combination of tender harmonies and stark,
cautiously optimistic guitars. Vices borrows from the perfectly constructed pop songs of the 1960s, and the understated, noisy anthems of nineties bands like Blur and the Breeders,
and it is a self-assured return to the very essence of Peggy Sue.
During their last headline tour, for Choir of Echoes, Peggy Sue were playing to the biggest crowds of their career. But for Katy Young and Rosa Slade, life intervened, as life often does,
and they found themselves needing to take a break from the band they had been in since
they were teenagers. "We needed to step back from it," explains Young "and when
we came back together, we realized that the way we'd been doing music wasn't necessarily all that good for us, or for our friendship.
We had to rethink how we did it, to make it that positive thing for us again."
They looked back to their early days, as a duo, and stripped everything right back to its bare bones. So instead of the practice room, they started working on new songs in their living rooms – the first time they had written together that way since their debut album, Fossils and Other Phantoms. They quickly remembered that it suited them.
The pair also took inspiration from Deep Throat Choir, the 30-strong singing group,
which both have performed as part of for the past four years. “It’s been such a powerful thing to be part of, to remember how exciting and joyful just singing together is, and to see how much strength you can take from one and other,” says Young.
"We've never had an album that bookmarks such an incredible period
of time," says Slade. "It's a really powerful thing. It has seen us through
very difficult times personally, and as a band." That Vices has ended up sounding
so positive and so celebratory is a testament to the power of the songs that emerged from those living rooms.
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PEGGY SUE - "Validate Me"
Peggy Sue - Validate Me