Review by Craig Roxburgh (SA Music Scene)
Would you believe me if I told you that Purple Cry are a musical duo? Probably not as they definitely do not sound like its just two people creating a sound that even some fully-fledged bands cannot match, and its something they flaunt with an immense sense of poise and grace on their new song “Daydreamer” – which just premiered on Zone Radio.
On “Daydreamer”, Purple Cry hit you with something that sounds like a cross between the melancholic gothic rock musings of Evanescence, the snarling bass riffs of Chevelle, and the grittiness of the better side of post-grunge. Thick bass riffs curl themselves around lightly strummed acoustic chords and pounding dreams to deliver a brooding atmosphere of restrained aggression and heart-wrenching agony. However, the focal point of this musical spectacle is the soaring vocals of Licia Du Plessis. Her voice cuts through this brooding atmosphere with a keen sense of bitterness and pain, as she takes after the vocal styling of Amy Lee but tempers it with the pop punk fierceness that characteristics Hayley Williams’s voice.
With the feminist movement becoming more and more prominent , Purple Cry is another band to add to the growing ranks of female-fronted bands that are clearly capable of holding their own alongside their male compatriots. It is also a rather brilliant thing for South Africa as many people have recently been complaining that there are just not enough female-fronted bands in South Africa, so Purple Cry just serve as proof that the ranks of female musicians in South Africa are growing. You’ll be able to see Purple Cry performing “Daydreamer” and other tracks when they take to the stage of Oppikoppi for the very first time this year.
Can music be beautiful, magical and hardcore at the same time?
Review by Alecia Joubert (Local Artist Support Cape Town)
PurpleCry certainly pulled it off on Saturday night at Black Irish.
Their music takes you on a journey. The male vocalist (Marcel van der Westhuizen) and the female vocalist (Licia du Plessis) worked together in a way that is hard to put into words. Dynamic vocal techniques, that some would call risky, somehow complimented each other in a mind blowing way.
Watching them perform was a true pleasure. Each of PurpleCry’s songs are unique in their own way. Each lyric meaningful and well thought out. Every person in the crowd seemed as hypnotized by their music as I felt.
In the words of an audience member Saturday Night “I haven’t heard a band this good, in a long time.”
The electric guitarist (Luzelle Cable) comes off as subtle in the background, but when her fingers stroke her guitar’s strings, it is jaw dropping what that woman is capable of. Complimented by the awe inspiring bass player (Alex Mayers) , who used so many difficult techniques and yet carried the melody and rhythm with no mistakes. I couldn’t help thinking, “Is this band for real?”
Just when you think it can’t get any better than this, the beat of the drums (Kyle Wesson), so expressional and controlled is enough to give you goosebumps.
PurpleCry is a band to look out for, with that said, all I can ask is…If you don’t like PurpleCry, what is wrong with you?