What Things Did You See? by Purple Eternal

Described in Leeds Other Paper in a review of their first gig in 1988 as having “blatantly copied the Birthday Party, J & MC, Sonic Youth, and Speed-Metal Bands … they produced a thunderous enjoyable happy row”, and proclaimed in Sounds a week later, following a second gig: “if Purple Eternal came from New York instead of Leeds, they would be destined for stardom.” Now 30 years later you can enjoy Leeds psyche noise garage punk legends remastered and re-blasted. Relive the heady days you can’t really remember.

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What Things Did You See? by Purple Eternal
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8/10 Daoud 26 June 2019

Want to like Spacemen 3 but think they could do have some more bite? Have a moral opposition to the so-called ‘South of England’? Just want something a bit less… obvious? Well friend, do I have the band for you. Purple Eternal were formed in our Leeds in the 80s and some members even went on to play with our Phil some years later. Proper local that! 

Spacemen 3’s manifesto was to “take drugs to make music to take drugs to”, and admittedly I’ve never taken to drugs to Spacemen 3 (yes reader, this writer is something of a square), but I’ve always found their music a bit controlled to feel like any of my drug taking experiences. 'What Things Did You See?' gets a bit closer because it’s thrilling and often quite scary (the snarled back and forth on ‘Baby, The Bed’s Burning’ is like something out of a horror film).

Their music is fast and unrestrained and finds its euphoria in just going with it. It’s thrashy noise rock that never-the-less has something of a meditative quality found in its repetition. In this way they also bring to mind that other south of England 80s psych-rock institution, Loop. ‘What Things Did You See’ especially so in how its looping bass line and guitar riff interlock. The big difference here though is the vocals. Where Loop were content for their singer to blend into the backdrop, Purple Eternal yelp and growl like the punk band they are at heart. 

We probably need a word that you can use to describe a band who’d have been bigger if they’d been from London. Whatever that word is, please use it to describe Purple Eternal.



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