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Purplene

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    Gatefold Black vinyl - limited to 300 copies

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    Following an earlier album and two EPs, the acclaimed 2004 'Purplene' LP was recorded at Chicago's Electrical Audio by Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies, Low, PJ Harvey) and proved a significant departure for the band - a masterful and mature distillation of brooding experimental minimalism, abstract poetic imagery and full-blown cathartic release. Since their break-up in 2005, tracks such as 'Swords Down', 'The Battler' and 'Love: Western' have become the new blueprint for Australian left-of-centre rock, spilling over into what would later become known as emo. As Sputnik's 4.5-star 'Purplene' review noted, "the record's greatest strength is its shunning of the excesses of the genres it takes its influence from." Members would go on to form Charge Group, Firekites and Palace of Fire.

    14 years later, the band reformed in early 2018 for a special run of intimate east-coast shows to celebrate the release of 'Purplene' on vinyl for the very first time on Hobbledehoy Records.

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1.
Background checks on best friends Deadlocks tapped into loose ends Surveillance, nose high from rooftops Quick-drawn eyes, gnawed nails off We're stuck fast Brazen defence of constructed evidence Come clean, tight-jean and cheap-drink scene We're stuck fast Where does fear go When mother's whites are whiter than snow? Where does fear go? Background checks on best friends Arched necks on bodies busy looting things We're stuck fast With half-arsed swear jars and soap bars Mouths foam, who's home? Dial tone Where does fear go When mother's whites are whiter than snow? Where does fear go When agents light the back row?
2.
04:05
Swords down Let's finally take stock of this And reason with the monolith Our campfire signals good tides Ocean winds trading off the southern bluff And warning that we're still here To oversee the ragged-run and tiresome gentry Who returned today to pillage more With weapons drawn and overcoats flooding onto shore Swords down Throw in your towels and head out to sea Good men are we of charity Let's bargain with ancient whales Setting sail back centuries with peace decrees And pledging our hearts and bones to better homes It's better said than left alone To fester like scurvied gums with sullied words With weapons drawn the hour before the first mate stirs She weeps for what she's done Six years and a hundred and one fears For now we weep and wail Perhaps this boat should pick its path and sail Oceans of tears lapping at the ankles of civility Place your swords at the ankles of civility Swords down Reveal yourselves, the jig is up This armoury has had enough As blades spoil, our hearts may mend And aging men can kneel upon the soil again Embrace your friends And aging men can kneel upon the soil again
3.
05:49
Hate gestates through the ages And caught up with you before you arranged it The patterns are true I'm due to notice that your lionheart's through And the wagon waits outside for you Mildew stews in this tundra It's bruised your will and dragged you under A resolute smile despite wider worry But your lionheart's through And the wagon waits outside for you Set in stone, aren't you clever? Said one poker-faced hard shark to the other I don't mean to stain your sensitive mane But I'm going to 'Cause your lionheart's through And the wagon waits outside for you Yeah, your lionheart's through And I'll just be outside waiting for you
4.
03:12
Lynch post up too high Much too high Stopped short, falling shy Ideals a touch too high Much too high Dropped short, falling shy Why try? Order? Dragonfly darting wide Darting wide Stopped short, falling shy Old friends darting wide Darting wide Catching reams of faceless distant enemies Catching reams of faceless distant enemies Why try? Catching reams of faceless distant enemies
5.
06:28
The second shift starts soon And new moons bear gifts soon Laid bare, you're right there You're right there The second shift starts soon And new moons bear gifts soon Laid bare, you're right there With muddied straw damp under foot These circus smells bring tales of love That may repeat tonight Recess, bring out your best A paper cut hurts more than a chainsaw Confined space rewards the wait With a long embrace in an empty diner A long embrace In someone's empty diner Stand clear, there's no second gear And paper cuts hurt more than a chainsaw Sharp turns, Chinese burns and a lonely cup A lonely cup in an empty diner Someone's empty diner But when the door's wide open We may just prosper Yeah the door's wide open It could be central to these actions And we may just prosper Yeah the door's wide open We may just prosper We may just, may just prosper But the second shift starts soon And new moons bear gifts soon Laid bare, you're right there With muddied straw damp under foot These circus smells bring tales of love That may repeat...repeat tonight
6.
Such a sweet guide for a newborn chance At fools playing the game Lesson learnt? My complacent romance sticks just the same Stage one - play dumb Several scars will bide me true Kept clear of all those times of no reward It mattered just the same Once again I have out my sword To battle once again Stage two - trade through Several scars will bide me true, my love Several scars will bide me through, my love A face off in your room Count the prints on the wall Phone calls, are we doomed? Talk sense or not at all Ashamed for I assumed you've got my scars on the door Turn out the light before this scar turns to sore
7.
07:11
They're onto us - those people outside They're gathering They're all in cahoots The razorwire's up But those wooded fields Still hide those fucking weird people They're gathering And I'm watching out for number one Their pencils are blunt like opinion But why are their spirits not broken? It's bothering But I'm watching out for number one I know not what they say They're harbouring something or someone Those fucking weird people They're gathering They're all in cahoots It's my grand opinion against their cheap opinion I'm keeping a vigil of faith We common folk flourish by glancing away I'm hiding and I'm watching out for number one Watching out for number one Number one
8.
Watch the watch as the candle flickers Watch the watch tonight Watch the watch as the daylight beckons Watch the watch tonight Watch the watch as the eyelid flickers Watch the watch tonight Watch the watch as the daylight threatens Watch the watch tonight

about

Recorded & mixed by Steve Albini in Chicago, August 2003
Mastered by Jack The Bear, Melbourne

LP + Digital released on Hobbledehoy
CD originally released on Spunk (out of stock)

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released March 15, 2004

Written and performed by Purplene:

Matt Blackman - Voice / Guitar (left) / Synth / Piano
Dave Ledlin - Guitar (right) / Mellotron on 4 / Bass on 2 / Voice on 6
Adam Jesson - Bass Guitar / Guitar (right) on 2
Matt Rossetti - Drums / Guitar (right) on 8

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Purplene Sydney, Australia

Music made by 4 humans down in the colonies 1996-2005, then 2018. Insta @purplene_au

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