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Purity Ring at Venue – photos

Megan James with Purity Ring concert photo Vancouver

Megan James with Purity Ring at Venue, Vancouver Sept 7 2012. Kirk Chantraine photo

Photos – Purity Ring at Venue, Vancouver Sept 7 2012

- photos by Kirk Chantraine

Purity Ring kicked off a Canadian tour Friday night in Vancouver.

The duo, comprised of Megan James and Corin Roddick, released their debut album, Shrines, this past July.

The Halifax/Montreal-based group has a reputation for mesmerizing, carefully considered live shows, a statement to which we think these photos by Snipe shooter Kirk Chantraine will attest.

The band’s shows include a tactile, hybrid musical instrument/lighting machine that Roddick built himself. From the press release: “Infectious vocal leads are chopped and screwed improvisationally, synth leads and lighting are triggered live with a drummer’s precision.”

In an A- review at the Onion‘s AV Club, Leor Galil writes: “On the surface, [the band] is a sleek pop act with an ear for the weird… But repeat listens reveal an unsettling thread in Shrines.” Galil says that their songs   blend “elements of violence and sensuality as James sings about ravaged body parts and dismemberment, dovetailing the lyrics to Roddick’s otherworldly sounds to make Shrines a haunting listen.”

Photos – Purity Ring at Electric Owl, Vancouver, Sept 7 2011

Tour dates:

9/9 – Calgary, AB – The Republik *
9/10 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room *
9/12 – Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina *
9/13 – Winnipeg, MB – Lo Pub *
9/23 – Montreal, QC – POP Montreal

Megan James with Purity Ring at Venue, Vancouver Sept 7 2012 photo

Purity Ring at Venue, Vancouver Sept 7 2012

Purity Ring at Venue concert photo

Photo - Purity Ring at Venue, Vancouver Sept 7 2012 by Kirk Chantraine

Purity Ring concert photo

Purity Ring concert photo

Purity Ring concert photo

Purity Ring concert photo

About Kirk Chantraine

Kirk Chantraine is a Canadian photographer and software developer currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He graduated from Vancouver Film School for 3D Animation in 2004 and has been working in the Visual Effects industry ever since with companies such as Electronic Arts and Disney. Over the last few years Kirk has exhibited his photographic works in San Francisco and Vancouver. A music aficionado and vinyl junkie, Kirk shoots live music and performance at an inhuman pace across North America for The Snipe News , along with landscape and portraiture. If you're buying: gin-and-tonics. He is @kchantraine on Twitter.
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