A Band Named (Peggy) Sue

Hailing from all the way across the pond, Peggy Sue (formerly known as Peggy Sue and the Pirates, also known as Peggy Sue and the Pictures and once referred to as Peggy Sue and Les Triplettes) kicks off their U.S. tour Wednesday night at the Grand Stafford Theater. Composed of singer-guitarists Rosa Slade and Katy Young with the help of drummer Olly Joyce, the indie-pop/folk trio proclaims themselves as “The best thing you’ve ever heard, prepare to wet your pants.”

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Is Peggy Sue really worth wetting your pants over? That depends (don’t miss the puns). Have you ever heard two ladies strapped with guitars croon about the considerable heartache of being a superhero (i.e. “The Ballad of Superman”)? Although the claim that they are the “best thing you’ve ever heard” might be a little over the top, Peggy Sue will have you humming along before you even know the words. On stage or off, Peggy Sue refuses to pamper (don’t pun-ish me) their music with gimmicks or clichés. The great thing about front-women Slade and Young is the message they emit in choosing to write songs about Superman, or people who step on snails in the dark, or a cannibalistic lover who thieves body parts. While Peggy Sue adheres to, and improves upon, the indie-folk sound that many have grown to adore in recent years, their subject matter seems to inadvertently declare that you don’t have to be coming from heartbreak or a hurt place when you pick up an acoustic guitar (I’m looking at you, T-Swift).


Peggy Sue is original. Peggy Sue is unique. Peggy Sue is charming, quirky, genuine, and damn talented. Slade and Young are known for wielding their wittiness like a blade, a weapon reflected by their lyricism and their between-song dialogue while onstage. Adding to the excitement of Peggy Sue at the Stafford, the band will release their highly anticipated third album “Choir of Echoes” on January 28th. Of the record, the band says: “Choir of Echoes is an album about singing. About losing your voice and finding it again. Voices keeping each other company and voices competing for space. The call and response of the kindest and the cruelest words. Choruses. Duets. Whispers and shouts.” As such, the band’s third release is poised to boast the kind of matured goodness that would make even the hippest oenophile relish in delight. “Choir of Echoes” may just be Peggy Sue’s magnum opus, as they have been building upon their sound and flavor since 2005.

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In 2012, before beginning work on “Choir of Echoes,” Peggy Sue delivered a Rock’n’roll cover album inspired by the 1963 Kenneth Anger cult-classic film “Scorpio Rising.” On top of that, the band has spent a large majority of the last few years touring the UK and perfecting their stage presence with powerhouse acts such as Kate Nash, Mumford and Sons, The Maccabees, and Jack White. Join us in welcoming Peggy Sue to the States on Wednesday, January 29th at the one and only Grand Stafford Theater! Who knows, it might be the best thing you’ve ever heard! Doors open at 6:00 pm, $5 tickets available now on the Grand Stafford website and at the door on Wednesday!

(Diapers sold separately).

by: Dylan Huddleston

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Driver Friendly returns to Grand Stafford Theater

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Friday night, Grand Stafford Theater will open its doors once again for the fan-favorite, Driver Friendly, along with their tour-mates, Wild Party. Bryan, Texas is the third stop on the “Texas Takeover” tour: a nine-stop tour spanning the breadth of this great state from El Paso to Houston. The Bryan/College Station area is no stranger to Driver Friendly. If anything, BCS could call itself a very good friend of the band. From shows dating back to 2009 between Driver F and Defacto Productions at the old Stafford Main Street to Texas A&M’s campus, Driver Friendly has become well acquainted with the B/CS crowd and demographic over the past few years.

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Given Bryan’s location between Austin, the music capital of the world, and Houston, land of the players and pimps, it only makes sense that bands touring the perimeter of the Texas triangle make stops to play here. However, a Driver Friendly show at the Stafford boasts the kind of energy that cannot be held accountable to geographic coincidence alone. For the band members, Bryan emits an earthly aroma of home. The cult-like following of Driver Friendly fans in BCS is composed of Woodlands High School alumni, friends of the band from Austin, and those who have been super-fans since Driver Friendly’s first album “Chase the White Whale.” Without a doubt, it is the area’s extensive relationship with the band that yields the kind of intimate concert experience that is to be expected every time Driver Friendly sets up their instruments at The Stafford. If you’ve ever been a part of their crowd before, then you know exactly what those expectations are. Triumphant horns, anthemic lyrics, hum-along guitar riffs, ska-dancing, moshing, smiles, laughter, and the not-so-uncommon crowd surf are staples of a concert put on by a band fully comfortable with their stage presence. It’s the same kind of comfortable that makes a Driver Friendly show the epitome of experience guaranteed by Grand Stafford Theater.

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After signing with Hopeless records in 2012, touring with Motion City Soundtrack and Reliant K around the country, and playing at Van’s Warped Tour in 2013, Driver Friendly returns to the heart of Bryan, Texas to present themselves at peak condition to a room full of family, friends, and kindred spirits. This tour brings Driver Friendly with friends from San Antonio, Wild Party and local favorites The Feeble Contenders and King & Nation. Don’t miss out, doors open at 8pm and tickets will be available at the door!

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Article by: Dylan Huddleston
Photos by: Molly Strehl