Pure Joy band

Pure Joy

Wirral psych-rockers Pure Joy claim their music is ‘like riding a dolphin through a hurricane made of rainbows’. We tune in to see if their lysergic pop lives up to these bold claims...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 18 May 2016
  • min read
Wirral psych-rock trio Pure Joy claim their music is ‘like riding a dolphin through a hurricane made of rainbows’.

With a hallucinatory approach to production and a penchant for shimmery shoegaze melodies, they’re not far wrong.

Rising from the embers of a clutch of Merseyside acts last year, the trio are now serving up a satisfying sonic platter, all cooked up in their Wallasey-based Fresh Goods studio.

Part Jagwar Ma, part Tame Impala, their lysergic pop leanings come wrapped in dappled sunshine, gentle waves of surf guitar and enough fuzz to remove any spiky edges.

It’s a winning formula that sees bandmates Lee Pennington, Matthew Freeman and Pete Flynn soar on their debut album Bang Flower, which landed on a moonbeam last month.

We caught up with the hippy trippy trio to find out more…

We first started making music because…
Previous bands came to a natural end and we decided to start something new and make music we are really into. We wanted to spend as much time as we could writing and recording, to get a sound that was quite modern and unique but still paying heavy debt to all the music we love.

We have been making music since…
A couple of years ago but we have kept it under wraps until were really happy with it.

Our music is…
‘Like riding a dolphin through a hurricane made of rainbows’… It’s also been described as gorgeous psychedelia too, which is a pretty good fit.

You'll like our music if you listen to...
Kurt Vile, Tame Impala, Smith Westerns, Girls, Deerhunter, Flaming Lips, Foxygen, Teenage Fanclub, Ezra Furman.

Our favourite venue is…
The Kazimier in Liverpool but it’s closed down just as we've started playing. It was an amazing space, but on the plus side it would be great to get one of the fantastic new overpriced apartments that they're building on the site. Liverpool is crying out for more flats and more cultural centres should make space (that’s a joke)…

Music is important because…
Everyone likes some kind of music. It’s a vital part of life, whichever way you interpret it.

Our biggest inspiration is…
Listening to new music, reading new stories and meeting new people.

Our dream collaboration would be…
Bruce Springsteen.

To try us out, listen to our song…
Katie's Gone Home.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Bored.

In 10 years’ time we want to be…
As excited about making and playing music as we are now without being 10 years older!

http://therealpurejoy.co.uk/