Download “Standard Human,” the raging new single from Philly’s Purples (playing Boot and Saddle on 12/28)


Up until a few days ago, the only place fans of Philly rock cult faves The Teeth could hear music from the bandmates’ latest incarnation, Purples, was in their Key Studio Session. That changed Monday afternoon when the trio of Peter MoDavis, Brian Ashby, and Jonas Oesterle unveiled their latest single and its corresponding music video. Response was immediately positive, and one of the band members (I’m guessing MoDavis) took to the band’s Facebook page last night to share his gratitude and hint at more to come:

Hello everybody, I’ve had a couple of “Philadelphia City Wides,” and really, really really wanted to give a big thanks to everyone that gave such a fantastic reception to our new single. We apologize for taking so long to make music but it’s hard to live up to the past and wanted it to be good. This response really helps our momentum and now I want to release another single/video right before Christmas so that you can share it with your friends and family… It features brian in a cemetery lamenting the death of a loved one. Anyhow, I really mean it when I say thank you all. I was so scared to show you and now it seems easier. You guys made me cry in happiness yesterday!

While we wait for the cemetery video (which sounds spooky / vibey / potentially awesome), you can rock to the galloping rhythm and smokin’ vocals on “Standard Human” by grabbing a free download below. It has a super cinematic vibe, falling somewhere betwixt a Tim Burton score, a spaghetti western and a surf rock jammer. Watch the video after the jump, and see Purples in concert on December 28th at Boot and Saddle when they open for Night Panther and Grandchildren; tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Purples

Photos by David Kain |

We’re super excited this week at The Key Studio Sessions to bring you the first public recordings of new Philadelphia rock trio Purples. Who is this band, you ask? If you were a fan of the local music scene in the mid-aughts, you probably already know them – even if you don’t realize it. Purples is three-fourths of the locally- and nationally-acclaimed indie rock band The Teeth: Peter MoDavis on bass and vocals, Brian Ashby on guitar and vocals and Jonas Oesterele on drums and synthesizer. They’re a rough and tumble power trio take on their old group’s clever and melodic harmony-pop: think Harry Nilsson, filtered through Hüsker Dü. Below, listen to the music; above, check out a photo slideshow courtesy of Bands in the Backyard’s David Kain. To watch a video of the session, head over to Want more? Purples plays Johnny Brenda’s this Friday night with Auctioneer and North Highlands.

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