THE PURPLE LIGHTS
DATE: AUGUST 5
LABEL: THE PURPLE LIGHTS
“Pop hasn’t been political for a while, but you’d suspect that the current turmoil will change all that. This is certainly a good start.” GIITTV
THE PURPLE LIGHTS. unleash their debut single ‘Warning‘ on August 5.
The East London duo have been winning hearts and minds with their colourful and inclusive live show, gracing festival stages from Latitude to Beacons.
Fusing drummer Akeeba Fridye’s heavy roots reggae beats with the acid rock riffs and Loopstation electronics of guitarist/Rob Fincham, the pair share and often combine vocal duties to create a gloriously monumental and utterly modern noise.
In keeping what that genre spanning agenda, they say ‘Warning’ was constructed with the gritty guitars and spooky organ sounds of early Horrors recordings in mind, but also shares something in common with the haunted dancehall vibe of The Specials’ ‘Ghost Town’ as well as Afrocentric tribal drums beating out war-like rhythms.
The band’s lyrics, while sometimes looking at the lighter side of life and love, often carry a strongly conscious social/political message. “‘Warning’ reflects the destructive way in which the world could head if we allow the wrong people to take control,” says Rob, “The song focuses on realising thesigns before it’s too late.”
As well as delighting audiences across the country, Akeeba and Rob have been busy committing an already prolific array of songs to tape, regularly using studio downtime to record in theinspirational calm and atmosphere of the small hours.
With a steady supply of releases planned, the true breadth and range of their distinctive, infectious sound will gradually be revealed as 2016 unfolds.
You have been warned!