Purity Ring (band)

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Purity Ring
Melt 2013 - Purity Ring-14 (cropped).jpg
Purity Ring performing at Melt! Festival in 2013
Background information
Origin Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Years active 2010–present
Associated acts Danny Brown
Website purityringthing.com
  • Corin Roddick
  • Megan James

Purity Ring is a Canadian electronic music duo formed in 2010 and originally from Edmonton, Alberta.[6] The band consists of Megan James (vocals) and Corin Roddick (instrumentals).[6][7][8]

Background and history[edit]

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, both wear clothes custom designed and sewn by James, and Roddick uses a custom-built, tree-shaped instrument to drive both live sound and lighting.[9] [9] James uses written work which she originally did not intend to release to the public for many of the band's lyrics.[7][10]

2010–13: Formation and Shrines[edit]

The duo were originally members of the band Born Gold (previously called Gobble Gobble).[9] 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.[9] The song was released in January 2011.[11]

On April 3, 2012, it was announced that Purity Ring were signed by record company 4AD worldwide and Last Gang Records in Canada.[12] Later the same month the band released their first official single "Obedear",[6] along with the announcement of their debut album, Shrines, to be released July 24, 2012.

On June 20, 2012, Purity Ring released the second single from the album titled "Fineshrine".[13] The song later became known in the UK for its use on a very.co.uk advertisement.[14]

On October 9, 2012, Purity Ring released a sequel to their song, "Belispeak," titled "Belispeak II" as a collaboration with rapper Danny Brown.[15]

On February 11, 2013 the duo released a cover of Soulja Boy's "Grammy" as a free download in celebration of the opening of their official online store.[16] Fan reaction to the release was so strong that it crashed the website servers due to too many requests to download.[17]

In July 2013, their studio album Shrines was short listed for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.[18][19]

In August 2013 British electronic musician Jon Hopkins released the single for "Breathe This Air" with vocals from Megan James and a remix of the band's song "Amenamy".

In September 2013, Purity Ring released a remix of Lady Gaga's "Applause" for the song's digital remix EP.

2014–present: Another Eternity[edit]

In 2014 Purity Ring produced the song "God's Reign" for rapper Ab-Soul's album, These Days....

In February 2014, the duo announced they were working on a second studio album. This was the first album they recorded entirely in the studio together. The duo collaborated with rappers like Danny Brown and Angel Haze.[20][21] On December 3, 2014, they released the first single from the album, "push pull".[22] On January 13, 2015 the second single from the album, "begin again" was released, along with the formal reveal of the album's title, another eternity, as well as the album's cover and track listing.[23] A third track from the album, "Repetition", was premiered on February 4 on BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens' show.[24] On February 26, another eternity became fully available to hear online via NPR Music's First Listen.[25] another eternity was released in the United States on March 3, 2015.[26] On January 19, 2016, the band performed live on Conan.



  1. ^ "Best of SXSW 2012, Wednesday: Fiona Apple, Zola Jesus, High on Fire". Spin. Buzz Media. March 15, 2012. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Purity Ring Distilled Trip Hop, Stadium Rave, and Gothic into One Evening". Complex. May 1, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ Weiss, Sam (October 10, 2012). "Purity Ring Announces North American Tour Dates". Complex. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ Sullivan, Ben. "Purity Ring – Shrines". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ Sanzgiri, Shona. "Icebreaker: Purity Ring". GQ. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "4AD Announces Purity Ring Album, Shrines". 4AD. April 23, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Muller, Marissa G. (August 26, 2011). "Rising: Purity Ring". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ Lester, Paul (April 5, 2012). "New band of the day – Purity Ring (No 1,244)". The Guardian. guardian.co.uk. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c d "4AD – Purity Ring". 4AD. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  10. ^ Cragg, Michael (January 24, 2011). "New music: Purity Ring – Ungirthed". The Guardian. guardian.co.uk. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  11. ^ Richardson, Mark (January 21, 2011). "Purity Ring: "Ungirthed"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  12. ^ Minsker, Evan; Phillips, Amy (April 3, 2012). "Purity Ring Sign to 4AD and Last Gang". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  13. ^ Pelly, Jenn (June 20, 2012). "New Purity Ring: "Fineshrine"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  14. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  15. ^ "PURITY RING on Twitter: "here's the sequel to Belispeak with a little help from @XDannyXBrownX http://t.co/d2cT7uep"". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2015-03-03.  External link in |title= (help)
  16. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20131126055233/http://purityringsongs.com/2013/02/newthings/. Archived from the original on November 26, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ "PURITY RING on Twitter: "YOU CRASHED OUR SERVERS!! Check out "Grammy" here: http://t.co/xTaIarxG"". Twitter.com. 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2015-03-03.  External link in |title= (help)
  18. ^ "The 2013 Polaris Music Prize Short List Nominees". Polaris Music Prize. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  19. ^ Hudson, Alex. "Polaris Music Prize Unveils 2013 Long List". Exclaim!. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  20. ^ Brown, Harley. "Purity Ring's Megan James on Embracing Their 'Future Pop' Label: 'It Feels a Little Bit Safer'". Billboard.com. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  21. ^ Sperounes, Sandra. "More with Purity Ring’s Megan James: Coachella, Danny Brown, success and velvet | Edmonton Journal". Blogs.edmontonjournal.com. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  22. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20150106191419/http://purityringthing.com:80/2014/12/new-song/. Archived from the original on January 6, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ "Purity Ring Announce New Album Another Eternity, Share "Begin Again" | News". Pitchfork. 2015-01-13. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  24. ^ "Purity Ring Share New Track "Repetition" | News". Pitchfork. 2015-02-04. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  25. ^ "First Listen: Purity Ring, 'Another Eternity'". NPR. 2015-02-26. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  26. ^ "iTunes - Music - Another Eternity by Purity Ring". Itunes.apple.com. 2015-02-27. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 

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