Purple Divide is fresh young band born out of a charity event in 2010, a new stream-lined line up have seen the band have a new impetus, so of course we took the opportunity to see what Purple Divide was about.and the challenges of being a young band.
You guys are fairly new to the scene, can you tell us about your sound?
For a basic summation, we are an Alternative Rock group that pulls in the modern sounds of today, and mixes it with an old rock feel. This being said, our songs have quite a varied feel, going from our upbeat indie based songs, to our brash, and maybe quite dark sounding heavier rock tracks. Our guitarist (Daniel) is the principle song writer, although our bassist (Dale) recently discovered he had a gift for writing music also, and has brought forth some fantastic ideas that sound quite differential to Daniel’s songs, so that varies up our sound quite a lot.
Where do you pull your influences from?
As a collective, we all share a love for music such as Green Day, Muse, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters and Nirvana, whereas our individual tastes our very differential. For instance, Dale loves indie music and alternative music (such as Editors, Radiohead, The Gaslight Anthem, The New Regime etc.), Daniel loves Rock, Blues and Acoustic (Led Zeppelin, John Mayer, Audioslave, BB King etc.) and Connor is a WHOLE different ball game, being very into technical music, especially metal (Periphery, Trivium, Threat Signal, TesseracT etc.) but still loves rock music.
What are the challenges of being a young band in the area?
Our main challenge is finding gigs, in all honesty. With such a thriving scene up north just now, it can be quite hard to find places that will take us. We have only properly done a couple of gigs in our first year, but that is to be expected from a new band. We hope that in the next year we will be able to play more live music, and just spread the music we love to play with as many people as possible, and we hope that with our upcoming E.P our chances will increase. Also, we are a band that is built up of school kids, so we find that it can be quite difficult to be taken seriously as musicians, but we plan on proving those people wrong!
Can you tell us about the forthcoming EP (please include when it is out (if you can) and where folk can get it)?
”Trapped” is our first release with our new line-up, and we are EXTREMELY excited for its release. The whole E.P was recorded in Connor’s front room, and this recording was done by the very talented Michael Stewart. The recording was planned to coincide with Connor recording the drums for Michael’s project Folé (Check out their E.P “Better Sights” its Sublime!) and it was recorded in early September. It is a 4 track E.P, and features some of our very fast, furious song “Lose Control” to our very rocky based songs “Escape”. We are planning to distribute the E.P through iTunes, and maybe even print off some physical copies that will be available directly from us, and we plan to release the E.P maybe in late November or early December of this year.
What are your plans for the next few months?
Our main priority is to release the E.P successfully, and hope this leads on to us landing a few more gigs. All of us have a love for playing music, and a love for sharing our own music with others, so we have a very simple mission; To get heard! Heck, if we do end up with anything more, its a gift!
If people have not heard you before, what song would you recommend that they listen to, and why?
Lose Control. Its quite a powerful song and I think it would be a good first impression.
Have you got anything to plug?
Well, mainly our E.P (for those who didn’t catch it catch it a few lines before, it is called “Trapped”) and our good friends at Folé and their E.P “Better Sights”. Check these out, and we hope you enjoy!
Questions asked by Chris Lemon
Thanks to Connor Meeks and Purple Divide