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,Â released their debut album,Â Shrines, this past July.
The Halifax/Montreal-based group has a reputation forÂ 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…Â But repeat listens reveal an unsettling thread inÂ Shrines.”Â Galil says that their songs Â blend “elements of violence and sensuality as James sings about ravaged body parts and dismemberment, dovetailing the lyrics to Roddick’s otherworldly sounds to makeÂ ShrinesÂ a haunting listen.”