The stay-at-home order has given people a chance to pause and reflect. On the verge of their 20th anniversary, Seattle band The Purrs were working on demos for a new album, with a projected Fall 2020 release date. Instead, by the second week of quarantine, guitarist Jason Milne began digging through the band's archives, unearthing old live recordings. “We know there is more, but we can’t find it. I thought it would be a good idea and put out a live album and new videos for our 20th anniversary rather than sit on our asses.”
That concert album — cleverily titled We Thought There’d Be More People Here — will be available to stream and purchase on May 7th. Co-produced by Johnny Sangster, the album captures the energy of the group's '60s-psych-tinged sound, leaving you nostalgic for darkened clubs with their sticky floors and dizzying stage lights. The track list spans the group's two-decade discography, including today's featured track, "Disconnected," which was originally released on their 2007 album The Chemistry That Keeps Us Together.
We asked bassist and lead vocalist Jima Antonio if he could remember what inspired the lyrics for "Disconnected", and his reply still resonates in 2021.
Watch the band perform the song back in 2006 from The Comet, directed by Sandy Wilson.
The Seattle psych rockers release their latest album, Destroy The Sun, on Aug. 3 via Swoon Records. KEXP shares an advance stream and catches up with the band about making the record, learning to let go, and the capitalist structures they would utilize to actually “destroy the sun.”
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured on the ...