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Quickfire Questions #2: Pearl and the Puppets

By on Wednesday, 30th March 2011 at 2:00 pm

Katie Sutherland of Pearl and the Puppets is the next artist to take a stab at the 10 TGTF Quickfire Questions…

(Editor’s note: For more details on the Quickfire Questions feature, please read more on the inaugural edition of Quickfire Questions featuring the Joy Formidable.)

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Yesterday’ by The Beatles

2. What was your favourite song as a child?

‘Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong’ by Spin Doctors

3. What song makes you laugh?
‘Ignition’ by R Kelly

4. What song makes you cry?
‘Hide And Seek’ by Imogen Heap

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)

‘Hallelujah’ by Jeff Buckley

6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
‘1901’ by Phoenix (I remember hearing this when I found out something, I still have a sick feeling in my stomach from it)

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Rolling In The Deep’ by Adele (TUNE!)

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Regina Spektor. Her imagery is perfection.

9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d probably have finished my degree and become an unhappy teacher.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?

This is a hard one… I’m imagining that I’m dying right now and have seconds to grab an album. The album is ‘Passing Stranger’ by Scott Matthews.


Video of the Moment #436: Pearl and the Puppets

By on Tuesday, 22nd March 2011 at 6:00 pm

I can’t keep up, there are too many small scale video ‘companies’ popping up, filming all my favourite artists in acoustic settings. This time, it’s Secret Sessions on location at Hoxton Square during their ‘Queen Week’ with Pearl and the Puppets. Well, actually, it’s just Pearl (Katie Sutherland) sans the Puppets, and she’s doing her version of the ’70s band’s hit ‘Somebody to Love’. It’s actually refreshing not to have all that extra orchestration muddling up the track for once. And it’s somewhat surreal to hear the engines of black cabs go by in the background (don’t laugh, but yes: oddly, I’ve picked up the fact that taxi cab engines sound different in Britain than they do in America). Watch and listen to this cover below.



Video of the Moment #386: Pearl and the Puppets

By on Monday, 8th November 2010 at 6:00 pm

This is just about the cutest thing. At the request of her legions of fans, Katie Sutherland (frontwoman of Scottish band Pearl and the Puppets) put together this photo montage of baby pictures and pictures from fans with the song ‘I Say Yeah’ running in the background. ‘Heartfelt’ is the operative word here.


Isn’t the internet great?



Video of the Moment #306: Pearl and the Puppets

By on Wednesday, 21st July 2010 at 6:00 pm

Right. So I’m an unashamed massive fan of Katie Sutherland and her band, Pearl and the Puppets. There’s just something so endearing about an artist who actually talks to her fans on Twitter and Facebook and asks for their advice, such as the name of an ex-boyfriend to use in this video for ‘Make Me Smile’. (Turns out my suggestions of David and Eddie weren’t used.) Come along for a bike ride with Katie below. And notice the t-shirt changes.



Video of the Moment #242: Pearl and the Puppets

By on Wednesday, 24th March 2010 at 6:00 pm

Gorgeous brunette lass Katie Sutherland fronts Pearl and the Puppets, a poppy five-piece from Kirkintilloch, Scotland. Already championed on Steve Lamacq’s late night Radio2 programme on the ‘BBC Introducing…’ feature, I have a feeling this band is going to do well this year on the strength of their chirpy, happy sound. They will be supporting Danish pop band Alphabeat on a UK tour in April. I hope a full album is on the horizon soon. In the meantime, check out their MySpace for more sunny music.

It’s always a good sign when countries other than your native land take a shine to your music. Pearl and the Puppets’s song ‘Make Me Smile’ can be heard on a Orange mobile phone advert in Romania, and this song, ‘Because I Do’, is being used in Australia and New Zealand to plug Vodafone. Rather apt I think, as Katie’s pop-perfect yet fragile voice reminds me of Chairlift‘s Caroline Polachek (whose band’s song ‘Bruises’ was used by Apple to move iPods).



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