Megan James and Corin Roddick started off in the Montreal experimental-pop band Born Gold. Around two years ago, while on tour with that outfit, Roddick started further exploring his interest in electronic music and formed Purity Ring. (All the downtime on the road gives you plenty of opportunity to either drive your bandmates crazy or be productive in one of the few ways available to you.) Roddick recruited James as his singer for the project, and the result was a series of songs that the duo released before signing to the respected 4AD imprint, which released Purity Ring's debut full-length, Shrines, this summer. Sonically reminiscent of other modern experimental electronic-pop bands, like Ryat, Class Actress and Hideous Men, Purity Ring likewise taps into older sounds and melds them with modern aesthetics.
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