Number of songs: 2 | Total weeks on charts: 9 Appearing in a total number of: 2 charts | Total period running: 48 days
Purity Ring are a Canadian electronic music duo formed in 2010 and originally from Edmonton, Alberta. The band consists of Megan James (vocals) and Corin Roddick (instrumentals).
Both grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. James played piano and Roddick played drums prior to the band's inception, however neither currently play them as their primary instrument for Purity Ring. During live shows, Roddick uses a custom-built, tree-shaped instrument to drive both live sound and lighting. Additionally, during live appearances both wear clothes custom designed and sewn by James. James uses written work which she originally did not intend to release to the public for many of the band's lyrics.
The duo were originally two of several members of the band Born Gold (previously called Gobble Gobble). While on tour with Gobble Gobble, Roddick began experimenting with electronic production and beat-making. James was asked to sing on a track called "Ungirthed", thus forming Purity Ring. The song was released in January 2011.
On April 3, 2012, it was announced that Purity Ring were signed by record company 4AD worldwide and Last Gang Records in Canada. Later the same month the band released their first official single "Obedear", along with the announcement of their debut album, Shrines, to be released July 24, 2012.
On June 20, 2012, Purity Ring released the second single from the album titled "Fineshrine". The song later became known in the UK for its use on a very.co.uk advertisement.
On October 9, 2012, Purity Ring released a sequel to their song, "Belispeak," titled "Belispeak II" as a collaboration with rapper Danny Brown.
On February 11, 2013 the duo released a cover of Soulja Boy's "Grammy" as a free download in celebration of the opening of their official online store. Fan reaction to the release was so strong that it crashed the website servers due to too many requests to download.
In July 2013, their studio album Shrines was short listed for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.
In August 2013 British electronic musician Jon Hopkins released the single for "Breathe This Air" with vocals from Megan James and a remix of the band's song "Amenamy".
In September 2013, Purity Ring released a remix of Lady Gaga's "Applause" for the song's digital remix EP.
In 2014 Purity Ring produced the song "God's Reign" for rapper Ab-Soul's album, These Days....
In February 2014, the duo announced they were working on a second studio album. This was the first album they recorded entirely in the studio together. The duo collaborated with rappers like Danny Brown and Angel Haze. On December 3rd, 2014, they released the first single from the album, "Push Pull". On January 13, 2015 the second single from the album, "Begin Again" was released, along with the formal reveal of the album's title, Another Eternity, as well as the album's cover and track listing. A third track from the album, "Repetition", was premiered on February 4 on BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens' show. On February 26, Another Eternity became fully available to hear online via NPR Music's First Listen. Another Eternity was released in the United States on March 3, 2015.
Discography: Shrines (2012)
Another Eternity (2015)