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Purple: (409)

Texan trio’s refreshing debut.

It doesn’t make sense on paper, but there’s a lot to be said for a singing drummer. Especially when she can belt it out like Hanna Brewer, the one-woman stick blizzard and throatal assault that is one-third of Texas garage delinquents Purple.

On this debut album’s opening track Wallflower, accompanied by Taylor Busby’s scything guitar shapes, she sounds like Jane’s Addiction featuring a post-op Perry Farrell, and her vocal duels with Busby’s male perspective make for a riotous, gleeful punk rock noise, accompanied by a sound that takes in Pixies-style staccato hooks on Leche Loco and surf-pop harmonies on Beach Buddy.

In a rock scene full of posers, they make being in a band look and sound like the best fun you can have with your clothes on./o:p

Johnny is a regular contributor to Prog and Classic Rock magazines, both online and in print. Johnny is a highly experienced and versatile music writer whose tastes range from prog and hard rock to R’n’B, funk, folk and blues. He has written about music professionally for 30 years, surviving the Britpop wars at the NME in the 90s (under the hard-to-shake teenage nickname Johnny Cigarettes) before branching out to newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent and magazines such as Uncut, Record Collector and, of course, Prog and Classic Rock