Overcoming the bump in the road

The Pierces
The Pierces

After The Pierces released You & I in 2011, it turned into a word-of-mouth hit.

Backed by radio play and TV appearances, sisters Allison and Catherine finally had the success they’d been dreaming off.

It was their fourth album and came at a point in their career where they felt they’d toiled long enough without anyone listening and were about to separate.

Now, with that success under their belts it was time to make a follow-up. “It was supposed to be out ages ago,” says Catherine, referring to the forthcoming Creation.

Even though the pair finally thought things were going their way, they hit a huge bump in the road.

In 2013, they teamed up with a producer to start work on what would become their fifth album. Despite being confident with their songs and the producer havinga great reputation”, they spent six months recording, only to have their work knocked back by their record label.

“It went well at first,” says eldest Pierce, Allison. “It’s hard to put your finger on why something doesn’t sound right, but you know it doesn’t. It didn’t have the energy or the emotion or life that we wanted it to have, and the label agreed.”

Catherine says realising the album wasn’t the “be-all-and-end-all” of her life enabled her to actually concentrate on re-recording the songs they’d written and do justice to it. She and her sister recruited Christian ‘Leggy’ Langdon to produce the album. They’d worked with him before on various B-sides, but perhaps more importantly, he’s Catherine’s fiance.

“He was hesitant,” she says. “He said, ‘What if we do it and it flops?’ and he was worried that we might argue, because we do argue when we’re working together. We’re both stubborn when we have an idea we believe in. There was some friction, but it was worth it.”