Friday, 30 November 2012

Purity Ring at The Button Factory (29/11/12) - A Review

Last night in The Button Factory we were treated to an exceptional live performance from electronic duo Purity Ring.

The Canadian outfit played the ten tracks of their debut album Shrines, released earlier this year to critical acclaim, with particular highlights including ''Fineshrine'', ''Crawlersout'' and ''Lofticries''. The use of a custom built electronic drum machine by Corin Roddick throughout the set was a refreshing change of pace from the usual 'press play' style of DJ's and electro acts these days, while an impressive light show and stylish stage set up added to the atomsphere.

Roddick's beats drove the stage lighting and were backed by Megan James' vocals which sounded even better in a live setting and as the pair ended with album closer ''Shuck'', chants of 'one more tune' went unanswered as the band simply had no more to play. There were no complaints from the crowd though, who had just witnessed a well-rehearsed, accomplished show from a very promising act who are slowly beginning to receive the recognition they deserve for their brand of chillout electronica.

I spoke briefly to Megan James following the gig and asked her about the band's touring schedule. ''Well we're gonna head home for the holidays and after we'll be touring America starting January till March. Maybe then we can think about heading back to the studio.''

When asked about how the show compared to their previous Irish performance at Forbidden Fruit during the summer, James said ''This was definitely better, the crowd were really into it, so we were happy with tonight.''


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