Gig Review: The Pierces

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JUNE 9 @ THE COCKPIT

Nobody seems quite sure how far The Pierces can go, least of all themselves.

After waiting a decade for their first headlining British tour, the harmony-filled folk-rock of Allison and Catherine Pierce – two sisters raised in Alabama but living in New York – now looks set for a big breakthrough.

Their fourth album, You and I, was released at the end of last month, hitting the UK charts at No 4 and including latest single Glorious and Radio 2 A-listed You’ll Be Mine.

They wowed the intimate crowd at The Cockpit with a fine set which included Love You More and We Are Stars.

The Pierce sisters have the glamorous looks – Catherine, two years younger than Allison, is blond and particularly striking – but they are also dripping with charm and charisma.

Conversing with the crowd throughout, they spoke of their delight at being in Leeds and performing.

And the beauty of the Pierce sisters is that you believe every word they say.

Interestingly, The Pierces’ drummer is Leeds lad Jonny Cragg.

Cragg has been around the circuit for well over a decade now, and was formerly in Spacehog, a glam-rock band made up of Loiners, but formed in New York, of all places.

The Pierces even belted out a rendition of Marching on Together, a nice touch for Leeds United fanatic Cragg on “home soil”.

“Do you think that’s the next single?” Catherine asked the crowd.

Allison interjected: “We own the copyright on that, so don’t try to steal it.”

Cue laughter all round.

The Pierces are going places – and on this evidence not before time.

ROSS HEPPENSTALL

J P Cooper at Leeds University. Picture: Louis Hobbs

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