Sample-stringer and beat-master Corin Roddick began working on arrangements for the Purity Ring while on tour with Gobble Gobble in 2010. Soon, singer Megan James was tapped to add her warm vocals and introspective lyrics (culled from her once private diary) to form an ethereal and haunting brand of indie-pop underscored with an indelible hip-hop methodology.
Female vocals, samples, blips, clicks, beats, love-lorn milieus, melodies and musical formations familiar, yet different -- as if filtered through the air waves of a '70s and early '80s radio station -- played for the ears and eyes of a sold-out crowd at the Pageant for headliners Tegan and Sara.
First, let us get the obvious out the way: I love Kentucky Knife Fight and I'm not the only one. The St. Louis band receives plenty of press from local media and beyond, so why do we need another Kentucky Knife Fight concert review?
The Sun and the Sea, a five-piece, emo-influenced synth band, opened the night at the Firebird with a short set of tunes which included "Waves" and "Valiant" from 2012's "Vega." "Valiant" came off as drippy, with the droll sentiment, "You are the one, what am I to do?"
Animal Empty opened the raucous evening at the Firebird with a gothic set of tunes helmed by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Ali Ruby. The four-piece band slid from heavy post-rock verses to jams that featured a light Latin influence, which Ruby accentuated with nice trumpet work.
Cory Chisel and Adriel Denae -- the core duo behind Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons -- distill generations of folk rock and Americana to create a timeless sound.
St. Louis native and legend Tim Gebauer opened with a three-piece band, including an electric guitarist and a female keyboard player. With ties to Sleepy Kitty and a personal desire to not venture too far out into the world of live music, the bearded Gebauer stood respectfully before the crowd offering morose, semi-fantastical ballads about love, loss and the gaps where life painfully slips in between the two.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania's Great White Caps churn out traditional surf rock that puts the warmth of summer back into the chilly city.