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Purson

Rock City Basement Nottingham 10.03.16.

I hope as many people as possible get to read this review, as it’s subject is related to one of Britain’s greatest emerging bands and a band that all music lovers need to discover and fast! Purson, their name is, and it’s actually taken from a mythical demon!

We’ve been waiting nearly three whole years to see Purson play live again, the first time we saw them perform, was here at Rock City Basement no less, way back in May of 2013. We went along to watch these guys, on the recommendation of Evil Scarecrow’s manager and we’re so glad that we did. At that time, Purson were touring the UK in support of their debut album ‘Circle and the Blue Door’, the title of which came from a rather peculiar source, which I don’t feel comfortable divulging here, as it’s quite a personal subject but if you look hard enough or know this band well, you’ll know where it came from.

Since that album was released, Purson have been very busy indeed and it’s no surprise really, I’m just miffed that it’s taken us three years to see them again. The band have since signed a new record deal with, Spinefarm Records, a label we love here at music224, as they have some awesome bands on their books, including bands like Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, GRAMMY award winning Ghost, chart toppers Killing Joke and a new band to us, Blood Command who will be conducting a mini tour of the UK in April, which we also can’t wait for. I mention these select few, as Purson have toured with them all, which is brilliant to see as the band feel they don’t really fit into the music categories or genres they seem to get thrown in with, when playing gigs and festivals. Surely this shows how diverse this band really are and I feel it also demonstrates how diverse the music fans are aswell, as most are there to see the headliners, but embrace the quality of this band and quite rightly so!

We were scheduled to interview the band before tonight’s show but sadly that didn’t happen as Terrorizer Magazine picked up our slot but at the end of the day, as that media outlet is much bigger than us, they will hopefully introduce Purson to a larger audience and the more people who get to hear about Purson, the better as they really are an excellent band. We have, however emailed over our awesome interview questions and we’ll keep you posted on that!

In support tonight, were Crosa Rosa, who will be in attendance at all of Purson’s current UK dates. Local to the Nottingham area, this contemporary threesome rocked their alternative haircuts and personalities with great gusto and when it comes to unconventionality – these guys nail it! To compare them to another band is dam near impossible, which I imagine could be a tough cross to bear at times, especially when it comes to touring but hey, there isn’t anything wrong with being different!

Joe Fisher - Crosa Rosa

So, on to our headlining band Purson, whose new album ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’ is due to be released at the end of April (hence this current tour) and can be pre ordered now and is available on the following formats, the ever popular vinyl and of course, CD.

Rosalie Cunningham

It’s not often that I watch a band in complete amazement, but I did just that tonight. Rosalie’s voice is the stuff that dreams are made of and with every word that came out of her mouth, another hair stood on end. It doesn’t happen often, but I got goosebumps watching this band.

Rosalie Cunningham.

The whole band were up for it tonight – you could see that, as they were all pulling shapes and posing for the cameras. Sadly, the lighting at Rock Cities Basement can be hit and miss, so I missed a lot of the usual shot’s I’d look for, which is a shame but it just means, I need to try and see them again, in a venue with a better lighting engineer…lol!

George Hudson - Purson

Tonight’s set was a great mix of old and new and I loved hearing both, to be honest. I’m extremely excited for the new albums release, thanks to the great single ‘Electric Landlady’ that they’ve already released a music video for and in it, Purson fans get to see a lot more of the stunning Ms Cunningham, than you’d expect!

Purson

Set list tonight consisted of: 1.Desire’s Magic Theatre 2.Danse Macabre 3.The Window Cleaner 4.Rocking Horse 5.Spiderwood Farm 6.Leaning on a Bear 7.Electric Landlady 8.Dead Dodo Down 9.Well Spoiled Machine 10.Mr. Howard 11.The Sky Parade 12.Tragic Catastrophe 13.Wanted Man.

Don’t delay, go watch Purson live today, or any day they are actually touring, in a venue near you!

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

Purson

With Support From Esme.

Rock City Nottingham 19th May 2013.

Tonight’s gig at Rock City, truly was an under the radar event. If it hadn’t been for Evil Scarecrows Manager publiclysuggesting people go watch Purson, I’d probably not given it a second thought – but I’m glad I did. For the ridiculously low price of £3 a ticket to watch these extravagant eccentrics and masters of their craft was a bargin. If you didn’t go, believe me you missed something special and based on just tonight’s performance alone, I predict this band is going to be BIG!

The support act tonight came in the form of Esme, a solo singer/songwriter from Nottingham. A little bit of background infor uncovered states that her musical style is, and I quote ” gothic folk rock, playing a mix of dark self written songs alongside well-known rock and metal hits, with an acoustic twist.” Her influences are clearly Evanessence, but I am aware she’s a big Metallica fan, so that’s something we share.

Esme

Esme (SpiderWitch) gracefully took to the stage that had been transformed into her own little Esme Land, complete with her Marshall amp all decorated in fairy lights and her mic stand wrapped up like a Christmas Tree and began her performance tonight. Accompanying her on stage was her sleek black acoustic guitar which she truly mastered and used to it’s full potential, helping to bring her music to life.

Mr Marshall Amp

With such a powerful, hypnotic voice and her beautiful original material, I can easily see the appeal and agree with why people suggested her to support tonight, a true local talent, the experience was an absolute pleasure and I hope to catch another performance soon as Esme certainly cast a magical spell on all of us in attendence tonight.

Esme.

Set list included: 1. Anymore  2. Lay Me Down  3. Last Supper  4. The Howling  5. Forever Wild

With the night warmed up nicely and the crowds drawing in to listen to, who I’d consider to be a very good prospect, Purson. Noticeably, Purson doesn’t compute, so I did some research and discovered the name in demonology, is given to a great king of Hell… whether that’s relevant or not to the band is another story, but interesting all the same. Purson was formed after Rosie split from the band Ipso Facto in 2009 and sonce then she’s worked towards a new band with different line-ups, eventually becoming Purson in 2011, with the current line up consisting of Rosalie Cunningham on vocals and lead guitar, George Hudson on guitar and BV’s, Samuel Shove on Organ, Mellotron and Wurlitzer, Justin Smith on bass and Jack Hobbs on drums.

Jack Hobbs - Purson

Their debut album ‘The Circle And The Blue Door’, which was released on Rise Above Records, has received rave reviews from the media and all suggesting this band to be something more than just a little bit special so as I knew I was going to be reviewing the band tonight, I obviously did some research of my own.

Justin Smith - Purson

My first port of call was Spotify and here I found two of their previous singles, ‘Leaning On A Bear’ a two track EP, the title of which is a real 60’s throw bacak and an incredible single. The other track was ‘Rocking Horse’, which was a four track EP and included songs such as ‘Hollow’ and ‘Spiderwood Farm’ which really captured my imagination and got me excited about tonight’s show. Incidentlly, being a massive vinyl fan, I was pleased to see them offer a vinyl version of the album. The first two EP’s are currently sold out, but their debut album is still available in black, red or gold vinyl, so I think it may just well be the gold version for me!

Samuel Shrove -  Purson

Personally, I thought tonight was bloody brilliant! Each member of the band knew what they what they were doing, and they all worked and sounded great together. Rosalie is a very attractive woman who can play the guitar extremely well and at one point, she even used the mic stand to run the neck of her guitar down to play! The rest of the band had a retro 60’s look going on and their music has to be likened to that era too and I tend to agree, but with an updated, fresh sound that is very much current.

Rosalie Cunningham - Purson

If you read my reviews regularly, you will know that I try to match bands I’m talking about with others of a similar style and this time, my comparison is a bit of a corker. A friend stated that Purson reminded him of Steely Dan, but I reckon they sound more like Shocking Blue who are known for that track ‘Send Me A Postcard’. If you like your music drenched with guitar riffs, amazing vocals with some obscurely original song writing, then you simply gotta go check Purson out for yourself!

Purson

Set list included: 1. Spiderwood Farm  2. Leaning On A Bear  3. Rocking Horse  4. Well Spoiled Machine  5. Sapphire Ward  6. The Contract  7. Two’s and Ones.

Words and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)