Philly singer-songwriter Mike Quinn, known for his work with indie-rock bands Purples and Needle Points, is playing a solo show at Ortlieb’s this weekend to showcase new material.
Quinn originally made a name for himself by playing guitar for now-defunct Scranton folk-rockers And The Moneynotes before helping form Purples and Needle Points down here in Philadelphia. His new EP, Tapiama, is a collection of psychedelically-tinged country rock songs akin to Uncle Tupelo or early Dr. Dog. Continue reading →
Philly indie rockers Purples are back with their latest free single – a hammering and haunting track called “Small Sister (Work of Art),” and it’s got the band’s trademark of jangling pop hooks, funky guitar licks, and airy keyboards.
This time, there seems to be a bit of a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark element, as the lyrics are – near as I can figure – a story about a spectral visit from a deceased sibling: “I’ve got a small sister meaner than sin / and she sticks with me until the bitter end / I’ve got her back again.” Or maybe it’s just Peter MoDavis’ ghost howls in the opening seconds. Continue reading →
Summer Scouts recorded a Key Studio Session this week. The Allentown band recalls Paramore and Explosions in the Sky, creating a pop / post-rock blend that is tumultuous and expansive. Check out “Fight Off All the Years” below and download the full session here.
Philly rockers Purples have a sweet, open-ended singles project going on at the moment. The deal of a lifetime is summed up in this milk carton-style Facebook ad: a new song every few weeks, and each song is free until the next one is released. We last heard from them in October ahead of their Electric Factory show opening for The Districts – a gig where, as you can see above, they were bathed in purple – now that a show at Everybody Hits is on their horizon, another song has emerged. Where the last song was an easy breezy midtempo pop tune for a lazy Sunday, this is a propulsive jammer that – between Peter MoDavis and Brian Ashby’s bright falsetto harmonies and Jonas Osterele’s swift beats – will carry you right into 2016. Continue reading →
Philly’s Purples have been particularly prolific as of late, and today they released what amounts to their seventh single since May, and the quality has only increased with each new output.
“Saving One For You” is the newest single from the psychedelic rockers and it takes a slower and more bare approach than last month’s “Get Hurt”, with singer Peter MoDavis giving off a lazy Sunday vibe with every stray observation. Continue reading →
“Get Hurt” is the latest in a recent string of singles from local outfit Purples, premiered today alongside the announcement that they will open for The Districts and Lady Lamb at the Electric Factory on November 6th.
We present to you another impressive single from indie rock outfit Purples. “Love is Blind” weaves through harmonies and softly melodic guitar as singer Peter MoDavis croons “Wake from your sleeping / In the town that you always knew.” It’s a great addition to a hot summer day soundtrack when you just want to kick back, relax, and ponder the struggles of being in love. Listen below, and catch Purples at Ortlieb’s next Wednesday, July 22nd. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Philadelphia experimental indie rockers Purples have just released their latest single “LD”. Part of a bi-weekly singles project of sorts, the song will be available for free download until the next one is released. Written by the band’s newest addition, vocalist and guitarist Mike Quinn, it is a hazy rock tune. You can listen to it and grab it for yourself below. Continue reading →
More upbeat than “Nancy” but less a lot less physical than “Variations”, Purples’ new video for “On the Clouds” is the middle ground between the two extremes. Its focus is a shaggy-haired teenager who’s got something on his mind as he drinks his beverage in deep thought. Perhaps, he’s daydreaming, hence the song title and the image that keeps appearing above his head. Check it out below and pick up their new album Nancy here.
In a lighthearted deviation from the somber tone of previous single and video “Nancy”, Purples return to form on “Variations.” The new track, which will appear on Nancy come April 1st, is fun, highly harmonized and showcases the Philly trio’s signature chamber-pop pizazz. As he runs down Philly streets, you can’t help but think Jonas Oesterle is training for a once-in-a-lifetime athletic event or being chased by some ghostly creature that mysteriously stays out of frame for the entire video. Either way, it’s entertaining. Watch below and get tickets to their show at Kung Fu Necktie on March 6th here.