Here's an insider hint to bands I've never heard before. Follow the formula that a Leeds' based band concocted. It's simple really. Toss me an email with some tracks, and have that first song launch straight into a heavy throttling drum beat and slick echoey vocals. Then a deep and dirty bass line kicks in and I'm pretty much sold. Hey, Alvin Purple, welcome to Beastonia!
So who is this newcomer and how did they land here today? Alvin Purple, in not so many words, is a girl and 3 guys: vocalist/guitarist and keyboarder Carly Humphries, drummer Matthew Bradley, bassist Ralph Sayers and guitarist/keyboardist and vocalist Luke Barnfather. Alvin Purple formed towards the end of 2008, and have since been playing across the UK, having performed a BBC live session with airplay across the BBC introducing network and on BBC6 music.
Rooted in rock with a splash of trip-hop and new-wave, Alvin Purple have a new double A-side available for free download here. First up: The Look is the track I was referencing above. Dark and deep, it just makes me want to get dirty. On the flip, Stare to Declare involves more of an electronic feel while still rumbling through a gritty arrangement. Additionally, give a listen to Don't Be Alarmed on their MySpace.
100% Beaston approved. Get to know ' em now.