Monday, 14 February 2011

Purple Buddha

Here at Sounding Better we love all things indie, rock & alternative amongst countless amounts of other genres. However hardcore, math & electro is not what we're here to talk about. Yes  ladies and gentlemen we're here to review the Yorkshire/lancashire three-piece 'Purple Buddha's' new Ep.

Firstly. I have to say that Matthew Blewitts vocals sound uncanilly similar to Mark Morriss of the britpop band, The Bluetones. When listening to this EP i could hear chimes and rings of great British rock bands from the 90's ear such as, Ocean Colour Scene, Blur, Suede and maybe the more recent Glasvegas. 

Purple Buddha evidently have there roots in good old fashioned Indie rock but it should also be mentioned that they take the ethos of more heavier bands such as Pixies, Nirvana & Weezer. This combines to make a brilliant fusion of big loud tunes. The first track 'Storm inside (Oh My)' gives the EP a calm but nonetheless powerful start. Blewitts lyrics match perfectly with his screaming yet seemingly crooning voice and set the tone for the sound of the band. 

Before long however, we are thrown into the overdriven kick of Tom Olivers guitar and Oliver Southworths punching drums on the track 'Machine'. Here is the sound of those alternative heavier bands i was talking about earlier showing a more brasher side to Purple Buddha. Before long Blewitts Gallagher-esque vocals are replaced by a more Cobain-esque wail. This is defiantly not a bad thing however the quick change of style and sound may confuse the listener a little.

The Following track 'Our Breath' has all the chemistry of a Feeder track mixed production ideas of bands such as Snow Patrol and Elbow. The string arrangements make this track stand out so much more for me as apposed to the previous two tracks. This is a great pop-rock track. 

The final track 'Your Daughter' takes the listener back to the bands Indie sounds. All of a sudden it feels as if a hazy psychedelic summer has taken over my mind. Blewitts reverbed vocals and Olivers picky guitar in the verses could easily be mistaken for a long forgotten britpop gem of the mid nineties.  

I predict good things for Purple Buddha. With a bit more publicity and the recent revival of 90s influenced rock music the future is bright for this fine three-piece. Catch them at  Reverbnation 


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