LIVE: The Pierces at the Troubadour (4/5/2012)
By Bailey Pennick on April 6, 2012
The Troubadour (Los Angeles, California)
April 5, 2012
“I just moved here last week! This is my first show as a ‘citizen’ of Los Angeles!” shouted Catherine Pierce after stepping up to the microphone at the front of the stage. “Also Allison is homeless at the moment, so we should try to get her to move here as well,” she quickly continued pointing at her older sister, who tried to hide her blushing behind her guitar. Whoops and hollers from the nearly full Troubadour audience signaled their approval to adopt the Alabama duo before they jumped into their headlining set.
While the marketing appeal of The Pierces is the fact that they are two rather attractive sisters from Birmingham, Alabama (who just both happen to have a great set of pipes), last night—in the heart of West Hollywood—the girls were joined by four men on drums, keys, bass, and lead guitar who helped their pop-folk-rock sound come alive.
Starting the show out strong with songs like “You’ll Be Mine” and “Kissing You Goodbye,” which was clearly a favorite among the band and the fans who noticed a substantial spike in energy and enjoyment from the onstage sextet, both Catherine and Allison showcased striking voices reminiscent of Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac, Rumours days).
Unfortunately this high level of energy and performance slowly began to unravel after Allison brought their first ballad to a halt for a “redo” after she lost the backbeat and overstepped on the beginning of the chorus. Neither the audience, nor the rest of the band knew how to handle the awkwardness that became palpable in the small wood paneled club.
The sisters tried to get the show back on track with one of their best songs, “Sticks and Stones,” which they fondly called a “down and dirty hometown jam,” and their biggest (and creepiest) mainstream hit “Secret” (the theme song of Pretty Little Liars), but the once frenzied audience was now reserved with their affection.
Finishing off the quick 45-minute set with heartfelt ballads—and more sisterly banter—The Pierces thanked the crowd profusely and left the tiny stage; not in defeat, but not in triumph either.
The Pierces will be touring Canada and the US in support of little known band Coldplay for the next couple of months. You can catch them at any of the dates below:
17 Rexall Place - Edmonton, AB #
18 Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB #
20 Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC #
21 Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC #
24 Rose Garden - Portland OR #
25 Key Arena - Seattle, WA #
27 HP Pavilion - San Jose, CA #
28 HP Pavilion - San Jose, CA #
01 Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood, CA #
02 Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood, CA #
04 Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood, CA #
26 Union Chapel Islington, London
# supporting Coldplay