Posted in music | pictures on October 25, 2011

photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher

Purity Ring

Purity Ring were just in NYC for a number of CMJ shows including the BV-presented day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/22). They took over the front room's stage with an orange and green backdrop recalling the shades used on the cover of their split 7" with Braids and killed the house lights in favor of Corin Roddick's light-up pipe gadget (not that kind of pipe!) (see below), a light inside of an elevated bass drum, and a lamp that hung at the front of the stage. Singer Megan James would often trigger the bass drum light by striking it with a mallet as she pranced around stage. And I'm still not sure if Corin's pipe was actually making music, but either way it looked pretty damn cool when he hit it with drumsticks in time with the music.

Whatever Corin was doing back there, the sounds he was making killed. He threw in witch housey pitch shifts, dubstep bass swells, and skittering glitch hop beats into the band's overly catchy electropop. To those who complain about watching people push buttons at live shows, he put more energy into this than at least a handful of guitarists and drummers who are out there at the moment. While the beats and synths could have made for an excellent show on their own, Megan took everything to another level with her sugary vocal melodies. Purity Ring only have three songs available but the rest of the set was as immediately striking as those familiar tracks. A full length by this band is highly anticipated.

More pictures from their Public Assembly set below...

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Comments (15)

Where's the Chairlift photo set?

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2011 11:15 AM

This band sucked more than any band at CMJ. The writer of this article took mushrooms before typing this. Check yourself son

Posted by gnar | October 25, 2011 11:45 AM

I actually was pleasantly surprised. I thought this had trainwreck written all over it, and it doesn't help that she clearly thinks she's the shit, but it came off pretty well.

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2011 12:00 PM

when they opened for neon indian, my friend enjoyed their set more than NI's so nah nah 11:45

I they have great potential, i definitely agree with 12

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2011 12:45 PM

12:45 go see a real fukken band. Saw this excuse for a live act at pianos during cmj. There is absolutely zero reason to see this in person. If you like their tunes then so be it but a waste of space to chek out "live"

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2011 12:58 PM

nah, i really liked the set...fuck the hate.

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2011 1:28 PM

^then u are a tool. Just accept it

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2011 2:07 PM

Who???

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2011 2:49 PM

@11:45 No band sucked more than Ava Luna and Active Child (who looked like total dickheads too). None.

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2011 3:11 PM

^^cant argue with that, tough to not look like a total dckhead with a man harp

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2011 4:23 PM

Yeah. He was gonna break it over someone's head too at Glasslands. At least that was his childish dickhead response to someone booing the ridiculous long time it took for them to setup all their little gadgets on stage. Almost an hour! They gave the Glasslands sound guy grief too. Dicks.

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2011 4:47 PM

^ Talking about Active Child.

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2011 4:56 PM

PURITY RING WAS AMAZINGGG!!!!!! HOLY SHIT MY BRAIN

Posted by Anonymous | October 25, 2011 11:15 PM

Yeah. He was gonna break it over someone's head too at Glasslands. At least that was his childish dickhead response to someone booing the ridiculous long time it took for them to setup all their little gadgets on stage. Almost an hour! They gave the Glasslands sound guy grief too. Dicks.

Posted by 2012 | November 26, 2011 8:16 AM

purity ring rules

Posted by jordon | August 12, 2013 8:15 PM

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