Purity Ring

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This article is about the electronic band. For the religious object, see Purity ring.
Purity Ring
Melt 2013 - Purity Ring-14.jpg
Purity Ring performing at Melt! Festival in 2013
Background information
Origin Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Genres Synthpop,[1] dream pop,[2] witch house,[3] futurepop[4]
Years active 2010–present
Labels 4AD, Last Gang
Website purityringsongs.com
Members Corin Roddick
Megan James

Purity Ring are a Canadian electronic music duo originally from Edmonton, formed in 2010.[5] The band consists of Megan James (vocals) and Corin Roddick (instrumentals).[5][6][7]

Background and history[edit]

Megan James and Corin Roddick, aged 25 and 22 respectively in April 2013,[6] formed Purity Ring in 2010.[5] Both grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. James played piano and Roddick played drums prior to the band's inception, however neither currently play them as their primary instrument for Purity Ring. During live shows, Roddick uses a custom-built, tree-shaped instrument to drive both live sound and lighting.[8] Additionally, during live appearances both wear clothes custom designed and sewn by James.[8] James uses written work which she originally did not intend to release to the public for many of the band's lyrics.[6][9]

The duo were originally two of several members of the band Born Gold (previously called Gobble Gobble).[8] While on tour with Gobble Gobble, Roddick began experimenting with electronic production and beat-making. James was asked to sing on a track called "Ungirthed", thus forming Purity Ring.[8] The song was released in January 2011.[10]

On April 3, 2012, it was announced that Purity Ring were signed by record company 4AD worldwide and Last Gang Records in Canada.[11] Later the same month the band announced their debut album, Shrines, subsequently released on July 24, 2012; they also debuted the first single from the album titled "Obedear".[5] On June 20, 2012, Purity Ring released another single from the album titled "Fineshrine".[12]

On October 9, 2012, Purity Ring released a sequel to their single, "Belispeak," titled "Belispeak II" as a collaboration with rapper Danny Brown.[13]

The same day that Purity Ring opened their online merchandise store, they released a cover of Soulja Boy's "Grammy" on February 11, 2013 with a free download.[14] The fans' reaction to the release of the cover was so strong that it crashed the website servers due to too many requests to download.[15]

In July 2013, their studio album Shrines was short listed for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.[16][17]

In September 2013, Purity Ring remixed Lady Gaga's "Applause."

The single "Fineshrine" became known in the UK for its use on a very.co.uk advert.[18]

As of 2014, James and Roddick are working on a second album. [19]

On December 3rd, 2014, Purity Ring released a single titled "push pull" from their planned future album.[20]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
Shrines 32 100


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2011 "Ungirthed" - Shrines
"Belispeak" -
2012 "Obedear" -
"Fineshrine" 163
"Lofticries" -
"Belispeak II"
(feat. Danny Brown)
- Non-album single
2013 "Grammy" -
2014 "push pull" -


Year Title Original artist(s)
2011 "Memories" Hard Mix
"Summon The Sound" S.C.U.M
2013 "Applause" Lady Gaga

As featured artist[edit]


  1. ^ "Best of SXSW 2012, Wednesday: Fiona Apple, Zola Jesus, High on Fire". Spin. Buzz Media. March 15, 2012. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ Weiss, Sam (October 10, 2012). "Purity Ring Announces North American Tour Dates". Complex. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Sullivan, Ben. "Purity Ring – Shrines". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ Sanzgiri, Shona. "Icebreaker: Purity Ring". GQ. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d "4AD Announces Purity Ring Album, Shrines". 4AD. April 23, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Muller, Marissa G. (August 26, 2011). "Rising: Purity Ring". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ Lester, Paul (April 5, 2012). "New band of the day – Purity Ring (No 1,244)". The Guardian. guardian.co.uk. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d "4AD – Purity Ring". 4AD. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ Cragg, Michael (January 24, 2011). "New music: Purity Ring – Ungirthed". The Guardian. guardian.co.uk. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  10. ^ Richardson, Mark (January 21, 2011). "Purity Ring: "Ungirthed"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  11. ^ Minsker, Evan; Phillips, Amy (April 3, 2012). "Purity Ring Sign to 4AD and Last Gang". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ Pelly, Jenn (June 20, 2012). "New Purity Ring: "Fineshrine"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  13. ^ https://twitter.com/PURITY_RING/status/255850022216798208 Retrieved March 31, 2013
  14. ^ http://purityringsongs.com/2013/02/newthings/ Retrieved March 31, 2013
  15. ^ https://twitter.com/PURITY_RING/status/301059329040203776 Retrieved March 31, 2013
  16. ^ "The 2013 Polaris Music Prize Short List Nominees". Polaris Music Prize. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  17. ^ Hudson, Alex. "Polaris Music Prize Unveils 2013 Long List". Exclaim!. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  18. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfNtF0BMUQc
  19. ^ http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2014/02/24/more-with-purity-rings-megan-james-coachella-danny-brown-success-and-velvet/
  20. ^ http://purityringthing.com/2014/12/new-song/
  21. ^ a b http://www.billboard.com/artist/356551/purity-ring/chart?f=305
  22. ^ "Shrines" on Last Gang Records
  23. ^ http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/130921cluk.txt

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