Friday, April 29, 2011

EP Reviews: Hayseed Cassette, Woodsporn, and Twin Lakes

Title(s):  Hayseed Cassette (Band Camp, Last.fm), Woodsporn (Band Camp, Last.fm), Twin Lakes (Band Camp)
Artist:  The Purple Church (Band Camp, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Last.fm)

Three things came to mind while listening to The Purple Church’s EPs Hayseed Cassette, Woodsporn, and Twin Lakes – noise pop, Joy Division, and My Bloody Valentine.  The songs are mid-tempo with a lot of wall-of-sound type feedback and effects.  There are also some bluesy moments mixed in with the noise and screams in the song “Bounce” which adds a nice touch and an extra layer to the music.  The song “Snake Eater” really reminded me of Bauhaus with its deep vocals and eerie guitars. 

The EPs don’t actually sound like separate releases, but instead feel like one album.  This may have something to do with the short amount of time between each release, or it may have to do with the fact that I listened to them one right after the other.  Either way these releases do show a band with a lot of promise.  I have to admit that this is not really my cup of tea, but that has nothing to do with the quality of the releases.    

Hayseed Cassette was released early October 2010 and contains two songs.  Woodsporn came next, released on October 31, 2010, and includes four sings.  Finally Twin Lakes was released February 2011 and includes three songs.  All three are available to download for free on Band Camp (see links above). 

Great for fans of The Jesus & Mary Chain, Bauhaus, Joy Division, and My Bloody Valentine. 

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