What Music We’re Listenin’ To – March 2017

Music is pretty great. A soundtrack for living. Without it, life would be a lot quieter. But with an excess of new, old, popular and obscure aural delights available to the average internet-connected listener, it sometimes becomes exhausting and downright overwhelming to track down some new quality playlist fodder. So while some might be more than happy listening to ‘Lenny Henry Sux’ by Dave The Rapper on endless repeat for the rest of forever, we at Purple Camera have some alternative suggestions based on what we’ve been plugged into over the past month.…
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Linkin Park’s ‘Heavy’ – Harmless Experimentation or Gross Commercialism?

About a week ago former nu-metal godheads Linkin Park released a new song. It’s called ‘Heavy’ and it is not what people would expect from Linkin Park. If you have yet to hear it, please take a moment to give it a listen. It is quite clear that this is not the ‘One Step Closer’ Linkin Park of old.…
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Interview: LOUISE DISTRAS

Louise Distras is making quite a name for herself. While initially having released her brilliantly raw debut, Dreams From The Factory Floor, in 2013, Distras has spent the time in between building her fanbase, impressing punk legends and scoring wider recognition for her political voice having being vocal in the campaign to release Russian punks Pussy Riot.…
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Live: THE WONDER YEARS at O2 Institute, Birmingham

A cold rainy night in Birmingham and The Wonder Years have assembled a jam-packed four-band bill. Sadly missing screamo/math rock unit Tiny Moving Parts, it’s up to St Albans’ TRASH BOAT to get things started. A shout of “when the chorus hits, I want everyone on their feet” seems to imply that they regularly play to crowds whose disinterest leads them to remain sitting throughout.…
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Live: THE HOTELIER at Mama Roux’s, Birmingham

You can boil down gigs to two main types. There’s the raucous, energy-filled explosion of an evening, supplied by bands that caffeinate a crowd with their movement-minded tunes. From The Beatles, T. Rex to pretty much every metal and punk band ever provide this form of show – essentially it is “extroverted” music.…
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Is Greywind’s Afterthoughts Worth the Wait?

You may not have heard of Greywind, the excitingly new alternative rock brother and sister duo from Killarney. In July 2014, the siblings released a single song demo (‘Afterthoughts’) onto social media with little fanfare on a Friday, by Monday they were being hounded by major labels. They had yet to write more than one song and had yet to play live.…
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What Music We’re Listenin’ To – January 2017

Music is pretty great. A soundtrack for living. Without it, life would be a lot quieter. But with an excess of new, old, popular and obscure aural delights available to the average internet-connected listener, it sometimes becomes exhausting and downright overwhelming to track down some new quality playlist fodder. So while some might be more than happy listening to ‘Hammer Smashed Face’ by Cannibal Corpse on endless repeat for the rest of forever, we at Purple Camera have some alternative suggestions based on what we’ve been plugged into over the past month.…
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Live: AGAINST ME! at O2 Academy 2, Birmingham

A line snakes around the corner for tonight’s gig. To be clear, this is not for Against Me!. Even if they do have a decent crowd assembled, the majority of those queuing in the freezing Birmingham night are here for Welsh metal heroes Bullet For My Valentine, who are playing their decade old debut, The Poison, in full.…
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