Love letters from Polly and her pals

Polly and the Billet Doux
Polly and the Billet Doux
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If you have the sudden urge to stomp your feet on a table, then Polly and the Billets Doux are the band for you.

The rootsy Americana outfit – based in the south west – have been touring the UK with their intimate, lively shows for the past few weeks and stop in Sheffield next week.

Lead singer Polly Perry says: “The kind of music we play comes from such a wide range of influences. We have a lot of Americana influences but we’re not trying to be an Americana band.”

But they do have a full sound, with electric bass, a three-part a cappella vocal section and guitars.

“There is a great dynamism to what we do and we like to keep the audience on its toes,” she says.

Lyrics are written by guitarist Andrew Steney. “He’s a literary chap and the songs tend to tell a whole story. Dan Everett – our bassist – also writes songs though his are so completely different to those of Steney’s. Dan writes from feelings, he dives into a song head first.”

The band has been together for almost six years. “We formed after I married the drummer from a band called Bully Cat and Polly and the Billets Doux was born out of our jamming.”

The band are touring their second album, Moneytree, a collection of tracks the band has been working on for a number of months.”

And when not playing in the band Perry has the very niche job of making faux-weapons for films, including one of the Bond films. “It’s great fun, you have to think very carefully about things like – for example – where the blood would splatter if someone was shot.”

But for now, she’s put the weaponry aside as she tours with her band on what’s proving to be a popular, raucous live tour.

Polly and the Billets Doux play at the Greystones tonight.