True Primitives‘s debut album, Revolutions, has been hailed as sexy groovy gaze with heavy, pulsating bass lines, shimmering guitar, skyscraper riffs, dramatic breaks, psychedelic guitar solos and textured electronic sounds.
Clint Sargent, founding member and lead guitarist of The High Violets, wrote songs for the album over a 2-year period with the idea of forming a new group. The new band’s name was inspired by Stendal’s “The Charter House of Parma” protagonist Fabrice del Dongo, who was recognized as a “true primitive.”
Sargent delivers guitars, keys, percussion, pedals and vocals on the album with Collin Hegna (Federale, The Brian Jonestown Massacre) providing bass, keys, and percussion. Luke Strahota (The High Violets, Satin Chaps) weighs in on drums and band member John Mason IV (Verner Pantons) is on guitar. Kaitlyn ni Donovan, performs backup vocals on Real Love; violin and viola on Up in the Sky.
Revolutions was recorded and produced at Revolver Studios in Portland, Oregon, by Sargent and Hegna.
There is a certain psychedelic thread running throughout The Purrs sound, surrounded by layers of post-punk, ’90s Britpop, humid surf-rock, and other strands of outsider elements bleeding in from the fringes. After over a decade of consistently strong work, the band now find themselves perched on a perilous edge with little left to prove.
The Purrs don’t want you to know exactly how long they’ve been around. Let’s just say that the core members, Jima (bass & lead vocals) and Jason (guitar) have been creating music together in Seattle under this moniker long enough to legally order a whiskey straight up from any bar in Canada. Liz (guitar) signed on nearly a decade ago, and Dusty (drums) has been in the ranks about 3 years. The band has recorded five full length albums, a couple eps, and released several singles under numerous independent labels. Their latest full length, Destroy the Sun (Produced by Johnny Sangster) may just be their strongest work yet.
The opening title track succinctly captures what the Purrs do best: mixing slash-and-burn guitars with hooky melodies and an awestruck sense of wonder. “In An Unknown Field” is a surprising stew of early U2 and Suede, while “Here For So Long” plays like a long-lost Rolling Stones ballad. “A Lifetime Of Wrong Turns” chugs along with an undercurrent of upbeat self-deprecation, and “What Ever Happened To Billy Boy” closes the album with a wistful ode to a lost friendship. With Destroy the Sun, the Purrs offer a compelling reminder that they really ought to be on any discerning music fan’s radar.