Gary Flockhart: Sisters doing it for themselves

Catherine and Allison Pierce Pic: PA
Catherine and Allison Pierce Pic: PA
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IT seems like ages since there was a gig to get excited about in these parts – but after the annual post-Fringe lull things are starting to pick up on the live music front.

One gig I’d urge you to make a beeline for is that of The Pierces, who kick off their UK tour at the Queen’s Hall on Tuesday night.

The Alabama-born sisters, who were raised on a healthy diet of Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, first came to my attention in 2005 after Catherine, the younger of the duo, became engaged to Albert Hammond Jnr of The Strokes fame.

I liked much of what I heard from their then two critically acclaimed but commercially ignored albums, but when 2008’s Thirteen Tales

Of Love And Revenge failed to take off, the girls, who had become frustrated at the lack of support from their label, decided to split up.

Thankfully, they changed their minds a day later when Coldplay’s Guy Berryman, a long-time fan, called up and offered to produce their next record. They jumped at the chance and the rest, as they say, is history.

The result was 2011’s You & I, which gave them the breakthrough they deserved, peaking at No.4 in the charts and shifting more than 100,000 copies.

Last week, The Pierces released fifth album Creation – and it’s a belter. The gorgeous hooks and spellbinding sisterly harmonies – think Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac – that made You & I such a joy survive intact as The Pierces take an ‘if it ain’t broke’ approach to their newbie.

You’ve probably heard catchy lead single Kings on the radio – and there’s plenty more of that ilk across the album.

It’s impressive stuff from a remarkably talented duo, which of course bodes well for their gig in the Capital next week.

Fourteen years on from their self-titled debut album, The Pierces are finally major players, then. But hey, don’t take my word for it: go along and see for yourself.