Purity Ring – Terminal 5 – June 3, 2015
Last night, Terminal 5 hosted three Canadian bands for the second night in a row. Purity Ring, Braids and Born Gold all hail from Alberta, and they’ve known one another for years, so their hometown pride was through the roof. Born Gold took the stage first as fans rolled into the sold-out venue. Cecil Frena’s and Eric Cheng’s voices bounced around amongst glitchy, schizophrenic electro beats. The duo provided the perfect intro to a night filled with lithe, eerie sounds and booming bass.
Braids followed. And if there’s one band that knows how to simultaneously be precious and ferocious, it’s this Calgary trio. Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s sirenlike voice was piercing and crisp as she delivered lyrics from their most recent album, Deep in the Iris. They tore through their set with graceful indignation, showcasing songs like “Miniskirt” and “Happy When.” Standell-Preston mentioned that she and the rest of her tour mates were sick. Nevertheless, her voice soared throughout the set over heavy drumbeats and nimble piano phrases. Braids’ brave, melancholic music is even better live than it is recorded.
Megan James and Corin Roddick of Purity Ring took the stage in complete darkness as the room began to boom with excitement. Strings of lights sparkled and strobes fired as the duo, clad in all white, launched into their set. James climbed atop a small pedestal, her hair whipping around as she sang through most of their sophomore album, Another Eternity, and a couple of songs from their debut full-length, Shrines. James and Roddick gave off a shy, coy vibe, but a huge sense of ferocity and joy underscored their performance. “Repetition,” “Push Pull” and “Fineshrine” sent the audience into a state of wild euphoria. And it was only right that Purity Ring’s set ended with a little crowd surfing on James’s part. —Schuyler Rooth | @SchuylerSpeak
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