Live at Brudenell Social Club on Tuesday, 11th December 2007
Jaunty acoustic duo Peggy Sue and the Pirates played to a sparse audience of hangers-on and plus-ones at a subdued Brudenell Social Club, but their winning chattiness and lack of pretension set me up to like Peggy Sue before they even sent a jerky, charming mixture of grime, nu-folk and doo-wop echoing round the room.
Joined on stage by a lone guitar named Pablo, Rosa 'Rex' Slade and Katy Beth 'Klaw' Young entwined their bare and tangled-up vocals with the occasional spittle of weird beatnik sounds for a packed set of songs - each just over two minutes long.
Influences of Cat Power and Regina Spektor were detectable but did not take away from their original, quirky humour - every song a self-contained little story, with hardly a vague cliché to be heard.
Tales about a depressed Superman who thinks he's a sham, people who step on snails in the dark and a cannibalistic lover who thieves body parts had me giving silent thanks to the God of fresh female singers who refuse to drone on about being dumped and miserable.
The only shame is that Peggy Sue seem to have chosen their most mediocre song - T-t-t-television - for their first single, when I reckon New Song, Superman and Spare Parts are far the more seaworthy tunes.