Headbangers In Ecstasy

by Puro Instinct

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Hailing from "a maelstrom of reinvention, reckless idealism, and rainbow-chasing" known as Los Angeles, Puro Instinct are the psychedelic pop discovery that's about to make your year look a while lot stronger.

The speech marks come courtesy of their mouthpiece, 24-year-old Piper Kaplan, who joined by her 16-year-old sister Skylar have cut one of the most striking and formidable pairings on the West Coast indie-rock circuit in recent years. Piper, and absurdly brilliant talisman, Skylar. Joined by an all-star squad of believers: Cody Porter, Jessie Clavin, Mike Baum, and Crazy Murray, they have forged a sound that falls into that rare space that feels both vintage and happenin', fun, young, freaky and sexy. A sound that's already made the year for all kinds of esteemed folks all around the world, from the likes of Gorilla Versus Bear in the States to dear old Blighty's NME, as their debut long-player 'Headbangers in Ecstasy' dawned upon them.

A long-term sibling-like kinship with local cosmic pop wizards Ariel Pink and his Haunted Graffiti, leading to R. Stevie Moore, Kenny Gilmore and sometimes even Ariel himself taking the helm on recording sessions or chipping in on the album and onstage. It's a

harmonious and poignant union, Puro's hazy 'Stevie & Christy' vintage charm, mixed with giddy weirdo abandon, marrying with Haunted Graffiti's beautiful madness like they were born for each other. NYC's most notorious left-of-centre hit factory Mexican Summer - home to the likes of Best Coast and Washed Out - grant 'Headbangers ...' release in America, and Record Makers (Sebastien Tellier, Kavinsky, Turzi) for the rest of the world.

"The first time we ever jammed together was after I came home from a trip to New York in '08 that allowed me the honour of meeting R. Stevie Moore," Piper recalls her and her little sisters first tentative joint musical steps. “I remember we sat down in Sky's room. I picked up a hand-me-down bass and she grabbed a strat that my dad bought her a few Christmas' prior. We both were really excited to play with each other. You could feel it in the room, and you could hear it in the sounds that our instruments were making. We were sloppy, but in sync.”

That magic encounter was the birth of Pearl Harbor, the wet-behind-the-ears first incarnation of the band that culminated in 2009's 'Something About the Chaparrals' EP, all waked, baked and kicking ass. The following 18 months have been spent trekking American soil on one hell of a heady Mystery Tour with Ariel and the boys. Bringing carnage to legendary festivals like Austin's SXSW and NYC's CMJ, then whiling away the remaining hours under baking Californian sun with their sonic soul-mates based out of Stevie's home studio. "It started as strictly an exercise in jamming & hitting "record" on my 8-track.”

There are certain cornerstones that are holding up the foundations of Puro Instinct's world of hot-and-heavy highs. "My Dad and I spent a lot of early mornings going to Malibu when I was young to surf (before Sky was born) and we often listened to Sade, UB40 (Don't Break My Heart was one of my first favourite songs) and Fleetwood Mac's 'Mirage'/'Tango Era', along with stuff like the Velvets and the Stranglers," Piper ponders.. "I had some best friends when I was six or seven named Sonia and DeeDee that loved the Beach Boys more than anything, so we would cruise around Los Angeles in their' Dads Volkswagen Rabbit listening to 'Don't Worry Baby'.” Smiley scenes, indeed. But the last special ingredient that crops up her misty-eyed reminiscing is perhaps the most unique, and one that always crops up when critics wrestle with Puro's special blend of rock'n'roll.

“Sonia and Dee Dee's mom was Russian, and moved to America just after the USSR dissolved. She always had this Russian music network on the television when I came over to play and it has left a substantial imprint on my taste." Pipes' passion for the Eastern Bloc's unique culture happy/sad pop, along with Skylar's frighteningly prodigious skills and passion for classical, jazz and hip hop created one of the most dazzling and subversive templates around.

'Stilyagi' (which features Ariel Pink) is a vivid showcase of the band at its most deranged and sweet peak. While staples like 'California Shakedown' and 'Luv Goon' reveal a groove-stricken backbone that sets off Skylar's trademark intricate spiralling twangs with airy, naive tension, and a her big sis' darting, spectral chants and woozy wooing. Piper nods to 'Silky Eyes' as one of their finest three and a bit minutes in terms of nailing the bands idealist dream-weaving manifesto "A beautiful, omnipotent thing capable of fanning the flames of every feeling and communicating ideas that are too difficult or awkward to put into words.”

Talking about the album as a whole "Some songs are so gorgeous that they fill me with first-love giddiness, and other songs make me want to disappear in a puff of logic," she muses in typically fantastical, eloquent fashion. With that sirens the catalogue of encounters awaiting the lucky delvers into her bands' maze of grins, tears, smokes, mirrors and intoxicating good times.


released 03 October 2011



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