The Pierces – Kings

I tend to source a lot of my favourite artists from teen dramas and reality shows. If you’re a television junkie like me, you may have heard of The Pierces through Pretty Little Liars or Gossip Girl. Their song “Secret” is the theme song for Pretty Little Liars, and the band made a cameo appearance in an episode of Gossip Girl, performing “Secret” and “Three Wishes” from their 2007 album, Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge.

Don’t judge me. The music producers from these shows know what they’re doing. With a little bit of Ed Sheeran and supernatural heartbreak thrown in, any episode of The Vampire Diaries can leave me bawling.

The folk-rock duo have recently released leading single, “Kings”, from their upcoming fifth studio album, Creation, which is expected to release on 30 May. The track is a beautiful buildup of drums, electric guitar, and operatic vocals, with lyrics about power, thrones, and desire.

The Pierces, based in New York, consist of sisters Allison and Catherine Pierce, who were homeschooled by their “hippie parents” and grew up listening to Joni Mitchell and Simon & Garfunkel. For a decade, the pair struggled to gain publicity and commercial support from their first three albums, and raised their own funds to shoot music videos by working part-time jobs. Since their 2011 album, You & I, produced by Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman, the duo have amassed attention and honed their edgy and slightly gothic folk-rock sound.

The music video for “Kings” is particularly spectacular. Produced by Catherine, and shot on their iPhones, the video features a mélange of stop-motion, layered footage, and a psychedelic rainbow of galaxy, nature, and animal images. The Pierces mesmerise with their elegant forms and luscious locks, but mostly through their musical brilliance and finesse with digital art.

Time to wrap up. I’ve got an episode of The OC, a pair of moccasins, and a wheel of Brie waiting for me.


Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
Latest album: You & I, released 27 May 2011.
Sounds like: Oh Land, MS MR, and Florence and the Machine.
Say what? According to an interview with The Guardian, Allison, the brunette elder sibling, joined a Christian ballet company in Jackson, Mississippi, which was “a little culty”. In the end, Catherine, the blonde, “rescued her from further brainwashing” and convinced her to start the band.

Ciao ciao, Arianna

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