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Purity Ring and Co. Slay a Sold-Out Terminal 5

June 4th, 2015

Purity Ring – Terminal 5 – June 3, 2015

Purity Ring – Terminal 5 – June 3, 2015
Last night, Terminal 5 hosted three Canadian bands for the second night in a row. Purity RingBraids 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

Photos courtesy of Charles Steinberg | cs-music.squarespace.com


Purity Ring Dazzle with Two Sold-Out Shows on Saturday Night

June 1st, 2015

Purity Ring – Union Transfer – May 30, 2015

The genre witch house makes me think of angsty teens swaying in a graveyard. But outside the graveyard and inside Union Transfer on a warm Saturday night, the teens did more than sway: They stood, transfixed by Purity Ring, who captured their ears while an intense light display captured their eyes. It was worth coming early for the opener, Braids. Midway through their set, everyone around me was captivated by the music. I turned around to look at the crowd, and behind me, a girl who was crying. It was emotional. During the last song, “Miniskirt,” frontwoman Raphaelle Standell-Preston sang, “But in my position/ I’m the slut/ I’m the bitch.” In an audience that was mostly women, these kinds of painful, confessional lyrics connected.

And although there weren’t any tears during Purity Ring’s set, I did see two people ferociously making out halfway through the first song. They didn’t stop for the entire set and neither did the dazzling light show. The stage setup was really something: threads coming down from the ceiling and a hazy globe, much like the cover image of the band’s newest album, Another Eternity. The songs they played, including “Heartsigh,” got the kind of reception that’s to be expected from a band that sold out two shows in one night. Leaving the venue, a line snaked around the block for the late performance. Not to the graveyard, but to somewhere life-affirming, if only for a night. —Jared Levy | @Playtonic

(Purity Ring play Terminal 5 tomorrow night and again on Wednesday night.)


Purity Ring – Webster Hall – January 12, 2013

January 14th, 2013

Photos courtesy of Diana Wong | dianawongphoto.com


Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Purity Ring on 1/11

January 8th, 2013


Purity Ring bring their dreamy electro-pop to NYC this weekend to play two shows at Webster Hall, on Friday and Saturday. Both dates are sold out, but The House List is giving away two tickets to Friday’s show. Want to go? Try to Grow a Pair. It’s easy. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Purity Ring, 1/11) and a brief message explaining your best suggestion to fight post-holiday sickness. Eddie Bruiser, who’s on pace to go through three boxes of tissues this week, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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Purity Ring – The Bowery Ballroom – September 21, 2012

September 24th, 2012

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Ross | jeremypross.com