It feels like a lifetime since The Pierces last wowed us with their dreamy harmonised folk (or three years if we’re sticking to the facts), but this spring sees the welcome return of the Alabama sister act to our airwaves. With a fifth album in the works, the girls have just dropped new track ‘Believe In Me’ – a feel-good pop hit that’s a long departure from the more melancholy sound we’ve come to know from the girls.
So what’s cheered them up? A relocation to sunny LA might have something to do with it, inspiring a care-free direction with driving drums and sing-along choruses. Think Fleetwood Mac minus the heartache and you’ll get the idea. We caught up with brunette haired Allison to find out more.
You’ve been in the music industry a long time. How have things changed?
We’ve become more sure of what we want. When we first started out we were very young and innocent! We’ve grown and changed a lot as people and have become more clear over the years. And we’ve learned patience!
Did your upbringing shape your sound?
Our father is a musician and our mother a painter, so we grew up in a very creative environment. We were in encouraged to express ourselves and do what we love, so yes, it definitely shaped our path.
How has the new album moved on from your earlier records?
This record has a bigger soundscape with lots of dreamy synths and powerful drums. It has a fresher, more modern sound than our last record. We love the way it turned out!
You’ve lived in LA and New York. How do they each inspire you?
Los Angeles inspires our music everyday because of the beautiful weather and incredible outdoor activities that are available to you. But I must say, Los Angeles doesn’t have the style that New York has. I miss being able to walk out my front door and be inspired by the personal style of the people in my neighbourhood. Nobody beats New York for style – except possibly London… it’s a very close race!
If we had just one hour in New York – where should we go?
What I would do is go sit at Marlowe and Sons and absorb as much food and drink as possible.
What’s your favourite music video?
That’s a really tough question to answer, but off the top of my head I’m going to say Arctic Monkeys ‘R U Mine’. It’s unexpected, unpredictable, badass, sexy and just really cool.
Do you both listen to the same music in your time off?
Yes, we have very similar taste in most everything, but I’ve been listening to a lot of indie melodic guy rock bands and Catherine recently informed me that she thinks they all sound the same, so I guess not at the moment.
How would you describe your style? Any icons?
I like to be comfortable but still look good at the same time – sexy without being overt. Icons would be, Kate Moss, of course, Alexa Chung and Jane Birkin.
Song with the best lyrics of all time?
‘Woman of Heart and Mind’ by Joni Mitchell.
Who would be the dream third member of The Pierces?
Listen to ‘Believe in Me’ below and catch The Pierces play one of their UK gigs in June.
Wed June 11 2014 – KOKO, London
Thu June 12 2014 – Club Academy, Manchester
Sat June 14 2014 – Oran Mor, Glasgow