My brother is living in Philly right now, and I always catch myself wanting to ask what the music scene down there is like. And then I remember my brother is an honors student and plays a sport of some kind and probably has not had the time to attend a single concert since he moved down there and I'd be better off just looking for PA bands on my own time.
I love a good all girl band- and I really love a great all girl band, which is what we've got with Dirty Purple. Lead singer Scotlyn Brewer's voice has the depth of a pop diva belter with the edge of a hard rocker, like a melodic Lacey Sturm or punk rock Christina Aguilera. But instead of relying on solid vocals, Dirty Purple creates a full sonic experience, the kind that isn't always expected of modern bands. The layering of guitars creates an atmosphere that pulls you in heart first, like a forest filled with fog that only becomes thicker as you walk through it. And the strength of the strings, on top of Ashley Ferrante's pulse pounding drumming, makes it impossible to ignore Dirty Purple as a standout not only amongst their peers but amongst any great rock band of this generation or the last.
Who We Are
In addition to great all girl bands, I love beautiful voices soaring over music that conjures images of unbelievably haunted catacombs underneath old churches. Like early A Day To Remember if Shayley Bourget had been part of the lineup and I See Stars had snuck in during recording and left a glittery trail over the programming boards. If that sentence was too much of a clusterfuck for you, imagine beautiful rolling hills being overtaken by a thunderstorm followed almost immediately by a double rainbow, and you'll have some semblance of what I mean.
Not every band can incorporate the dark, heavy elements of post-hardcore without being afraid to bring in pop influences. It takes some sonic bravery and a lot of talent, both of which Adalie very much have. It's not pop punk so much as punk pop, a distinction that may seem pointless, but one that needs to be made. Adelie takes the tropes of pop and funnels them into honest, emotional, jaw breaking rock, which makes it impossible to be bored by their discography. There's no way to expect what's coming next, and that's one of the best things a band can do for their listeners.