Album Reviews

Purple – (409)
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 20:37
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Texas-based trio Purple have a new album out named after their East Texan area code, (409). It clocks in at 33 minutes and comes with ten songs stuffed to the brim with loud riffs, catchy hooks and a lot of screaming, filtered through a haze of bong smoke and an undying love for all things Pixies. Of course we’re smitten!

Picture the White Stripes getting it on with Brody Dalle or Gwen Stefani after a particularly bad day going ‘fuck it, let’s just have some fun’… that’s when you end up with something like Purple. The songs on here explode with energy as can be heard from the get-go on “Wallflower”. The band then explodes in a flurry in “Leche Loco”, shows off their most poppy side in “Beach Buddy”, slows down the bluesy way on “Newborn” before ending up making an entirely convincing case for gritty punk with “DMT”.

There’s a lot going on here without Hanna Brewer (drums, vocals), Taylor Busby (guitar, vocals) and Tyler ‘Smitty’ Smith (bass) spending too much time on any one thing. All of it is good though. Definitely a band to keep an eye out for!

Tom Dumarey
Tom Dumarey

Lacking the talent to actually play in a band, Tom decided he would write about bands instead. Turns out his writing skills are mediocre at best as well.