To be honest, for the Purple show to be on any day but a Friday would be a total disservice. Reaction to the band’s first album 409 has been reminiscent of an old punk band who were making their name through word of mouth. If only CGBG was still a functioning entity. Combining a vintage side of punk rock and classic thrash, the Texas band is focused on setting the world on fire one tour date at a time. The Studio at Webster Hall is small enough to the point where you can feel the vibration of every guitar rift and clang of every strike of the snare. I don’t think a big theater or arena would really do Purple justice. Not that they won’t be ready to make that jump one day – if I were a betting man, I would probably take all the quarters I were saving up to bet on this Purple. Maybe save a little bit on the side to have a drink and laugh too.
A Purple concert is one of those impromptu, fun house parties that you and a friend throw when your family goes out on vacation for the weekend. You always have a distinct story to tell. I interviewed drummer/vocalist Hanna Brewer a month back and it was one of the more fun talks I’ve had in a long time. Once the band took the stage, they did not waste any time leaving their mark on New York. “Wallflower”, the first song that was performed that night, got fans off their phones and in a continual state of dancing. I know smartphones seem more like a appendage these days than an actual tool, but what was impressive was that the only thing that was lit where the house lights. No iPhone screens, no recordings of songs only to be forgotten later for your friends to like on Instagram as the video shakes. Fans were unable to stand still because the energy was infectious.
“What ya’ll drinkin tonight? Hopefully whisky!” guitarist Taylor Busby bellowed to the crowd to a loud roar. Purple also played a couple songs off of their upcoming album which sound reminiscent of 409 with a little bit of psychedelic rock mixed in. By the time the closing song, “DMT” was played, the band and fans alike had given all they could give. A pretty swanky alternative to your typical night life feel to New York, Purple are one of the bands to watch as the year progresses.