Last night marked the release party for The Pierces' new album, Thirteen Tales Of Love And Revenge. It was a joint event with the Village Voice, who was celebrating the five-year anniversary of their "Fly Life" column. Yours truly was there strictly to catch The Pierces, who just happened to be the first act on the bill.
The festivities took place at the relatively new theater/venue The Box, about which I have very mixed feelings. The space itself looks amazing, but regardless of where you stand in any room of the venue, you always feel in the way. Their lack of standing room can be a bit annoying, and the insanely steep beverage prices are a turnoff as well. On the flipside, The Pierces were definitely not a turnoff. These two stunningly beautiful sisters have voices that are just as mesmerizing as their looks.
While the production occasionally dips into electro-dance, on stage they keep it real with a diverse lineup of instrumentation. The set began with "Secret," with Catherine and Allison showing off their live harmonies while engaging in a slight bit of subtle choreographed moves. They continued on with plenty more album tracks, including "Sticks And Stones and the banjo-fueled "Kill! Kill! Kill!" On the latter, Catherine's powerful vocal chords got a moment to shine, causing everybody in the room to take notice.
Their live rendition of the electo-tinged "Lights On" sounded quite great when done with a live band. While the vibe was different, the musicianship on stage kept the groove cool and the focus on the vocals. The highlights of the set were quite possibly "Boy In A Rock And Roll Band" and "Turn On Billie," bringing some saxophone, trumpet and euphonium to the stage.
For my first time to see The Pierces live, I was quite impressed with the stage presence and vocal skills of Catherine and Allison. They've got the looks, the talent and the songs to really make some waves.