Creating a buzz wherever they have gone in the last 18 months, mystical proggers Purson have got the community all a flutter in anticipation for their debut full-length The Circle And The Blue Door. So for those still to be delighted by this perfect English gem, we spoke to mastermind Rosalie Cunningham to give us an introduction into their magical world.
Please introduce Purson to the TMF readership.
We are George Hudson on guitar and 12 string, Sam Shove on keyboards, Barnaby Maddick on bass, Jack Hobbs on drums and myself, Rosalie Cunningham on guitar and vocals.
You have the new record The Circle And The Blue Door coming up. Tell us a little about it.
It’s a bit prog/psych/folk/goth/glam/doom/pop without really being any of those things. It's a psychedelic journey that paints a picture of the highs and lows of our past couple of years.
It is a very quizzical and mysterious title, can you, or indeed will you, give us any insight as to its meaning?
I wouldn't say it is the concept for the album, but it is a theme that comes up a few times. A couple of the songs are written about our keyboard player's ex and our very good friend who lost his mind while living with Sam, Ed and I last year. He was constantly preaching about the circle, about everything being a circle, and with the help of some psychedelic treats, we understood. The blue door was also something he would often rant about and when he was finally sectioned, he was admitted to the 'Sapphire Ward'.
What did doing the 'Rocking Horse' single first teach you as a band?
It taught us a lot about our audience. We weren't sure how we would be perceived and by which sort of people as we had nothing to compare ourselves to. We felt a little out on a limb as there were no other bands around doing what we were doing as far as we knew. We were surprised to find that we were received so warmly by the metal crowd, as we'd never considered ourselves metal. We see this as a very good thing as metal fans are mostly true, dedicated music fans who are not fickle and do not follow trends.
It’s taken a while since you starting turning heads and the album has been eagerly anticipated for a while, so why has it taken so long?
The album was actually finished in September. These things have a nasty habit of taking forever. We had long running battles with artwork but it was worth it in the end. Not to mention the fact that we didn’t have a functioning band for a while after mine and Ed's split.
How are preparations for the tour with Astra coming along?
We have only just started playing with this new line up so we've mostly been at my house a lot rehearsing/partying.
Do you have an earliest musical memory? Was there a record or act that made you think "I want to do this"?
The Beatles inspired everything.
If we were to look at your MP3 player, is there anything on it you'd rather we didn't see? Do you have your own stuff on there?
Probably, but our perception of what is cool is usually way off the mark. I love cheesy bubblegum glam and Supertramp. Some may say this is lame - they would be wrong. Of course we have our own stuff on there! I listen to us all the time! I think you have to in order to be the best you can be. I’m constantly re-evaluating it. Plus, we genuinely are one of my favourite bands!
Is there any style of music you just don't get?
There is no style of music I don't get. There are styles that don’t appeal to us, of course, but I can see why they might to someone else. Saying that, some new auto-tuned American pop shit utterly perplexes me.
What's next on the Purson agenda?
We are touring the UK and Germany with Astra in April and playing with Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats this Friday. We are very excited about playing with two brilliant bands. We don't have much else planned. We want to be playing constantly! Offers welcome!
What's the question we should have asked you today?
A Japanese bullet train leaves the station traveling west at 164mph. A pigeon, which was resting on the train, is startled and starts flying east at 40mph. After 2 hours, how far apart are the pigeon and the train?
Draw a table and diagram.
The Circle And The Blue Door is out via Rise Above Records on April 29th, with a European tour supporting labelmates Astra in the weeks leading up to its release. For more info, visit the band's Facebook page.