Purity Ring at the Gothic Theatre
Despite the impending winter doom, Purity Ring and Blue Hawaii easily sold out a Monday night at the Gothic Theatre. Unfortunately due to extenuating circumstances, my caravan arrived after Blue Hawaii left the stage. I was equally excited for Blue Hawaii as I was for Purity Ring, but luckily we arrived just as Purity Ring walked on stage.
They performed for a solid hour of pure awesome. I must admit I was a bit skeptical how their album would transfer over in to a live setting. The show was absolutely incredible without a single dull moment. The band played through the entirety of their 2012 album, Shrines, as well as playing a Santigold cover.
With egg-like pods hanging above the stage, vocalist Megan James held a work light and struck her light-up drum to illuminate the fogged concert hall. The audience knew each song and was quick to show their enthusiasm when they played “Odebear” and “Lofticries”. There was excited clamor when Corin Roddick first played his light bulb keyboard-of-sorts.
All-in-all it was a very satisfying, mind-bending, and groovy experience at the Gothic Theatre. Although it was a somewhat short set, this gave fans enough time to drive home and beat the blizzard. After the concert, Radio 1190’s very own Ben said it right: “I’d rather go to a short concert that’s really good than a long concert that lags.” Purity Ring managed to keep the audience in awe and rapt attention.
Review and photos by Matt Sparks.