Purple are set to return with their second album, Bodacious, on July 29th via Play It Again Sam.
The Texan trio – Taylor Busby (guitar/vocals), Hanna Brewer (drums/vocals) and Joe “Prankster” Cannariato (bass guitar) – heralded their arrival in 2014 with 409, a debut delivering a short sharp salvo of adrenaline-fueled pop punk that accompanied the band’s first foray this side of the water. Having decamped to London for a couple of months, embarking on a plan to play as many shows as possible, the bands live shows were witness to unbridled mayhem orchestrated by their singer and drummer, Brewer.
Harnessing their collective love of femme-punk, indie rock and pop, Bodacious retains the irreverent spirit and infectious spontaneity of their debut across its twelve tracks. ‘Backbone‘ is the first track lifted from the album, with Brewer leading the charge in characteristic form – abrasive shouts of the refrain coupled with a pop melody that encompasses much of the next chapter in the world of Purple.
The band also feature as one of 38 on the upcoming [PIAS] Alternative Spirit album, which celebrates the diversity, persistence and creativity of artists who mark their own path, having ridden the independent route, coupled with an ethos that shuns the commercial in favour of their own musical instincts.
Check out Hanna Brewer’s top 12 tracks that influenced her independent spirit as an artist…
1. Green Day – ‘Brain Stew’
“This was the first band I saw live. They had total control of the crowd. It blew me away. I knew that I wanted to play guitar after that. This was also the first song I learned on guitar.”
2. Blink-182 – ‘Waggy’
“Back when I first started playing music I listened to a lot of pop punk. I was obsessed with it. My first band was a pop punk band called ‘Vice Versa’ we tried copying a lot of what Blink-182 was doing.”
3. Ja Rule – ‘Always on Time’
“I went to an all black middle school. There was maybe five white kids in the whole school. I didn’t mind it though. It got me in to Rap/hip-hop/R&B. Ja Rule was my first experience.”
4. Bob Marley – ‘Pimper’s Paradise’
“I’m not really sure where my love for reggae came from but its always been my go to when I can’t decide what I want to listen to. Its calming and you can just groove and get lost in it. Bob Marley was my first reggae purchase.”
5. Sublime – ‘Jailhouse’
“After getting into reggae I discovered Sublime. It was the perfect mix of reggae, punk, hip-hop, surf, and ska. Nothing else sounded like it.”
6. Minutemen – ‘The Glory Of Man’
“My dad showed me these guys in high school and I’ve been a fan ever since. The guitar in this band has been a big influence in my playing.”
7. Rage Against The Machine – “Freedom’
“These guys had a big influence on my guitar playing. I used to playing along to this whole album to get my chops up.”
8. Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘The Power Of Equality’
“I just love these guys attitude. They don’t give a shit, and its funky as hell.”
9. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Jazz (We’ve Got) Buggin’ Out’
“These guys really got me into hip-hop. A lot of the samples they use are recordings of real instruments which gives it that organic feel.”
10. James Brown – ‘The Payback’
“There’s something about this song album always gets me dancing. Right when that funky guitar kicks in I lose it. James brown is just another example of not giving a shit and doing your own thing.”
11. Pond – ‘Betty Davis’
“I just recently got into these guys. The guitar really gets me. Its helping me brew new ideas.”
12. Queens Of The Stone Age – ‘You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire’
“These guys just know how to create rock n’ roll. I love how heavy and insane they can sound.”
Purple are set to release their second album, Bodacious, on July 29th via Play It Again Sam. [PIAS] Alternative Spirit is out on May 20th.