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United Kingdom (2003 – 2011)

Pure Reason Revolution formed at the University of Westminster, United Kingdom, in 2003. Their music incorporates elements of progressive rock, grunge rock and electro, with its vocal harmonies reflecting those of The Beach Boys. Members have a shared appreciation for the work of bands such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Porcupine Tree, Justice, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Super Furry Animals.

Pure Reason Revolution began life as a Reading outfit named The Sunset Sound, and featured Jon Courtney, Andrew Courtney, Chloë Alper and, for a short while, Jim Dobson. Jon and Andrew Courtney had previously played with pop guitar band Gel, and were signed by Seymour Stein to his Sire record label, home of Madonna, The Undertones, The Ramones and Ice-T. Chloe used to front the Period Pains, who scored a minor hit with an anti-Spice Girls song.

The band was completed with Tom Leathes (vocals, guitar) and Bob Cooper (bass guitar). Their debut single “Moving” picked up radio airplay on Radio 1 (where the band was championed by alternative-music guru Steve Lamacq), XFM and LA’s KROQ. The Reading Chronicle’s Weekender section described the band’s sound as “sugary sweet swaggering guitars” and “breezy, sophisticated harmonised guitar pop” and compared the band to the Beach Boys playing Nirvana songs.


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  • Brutha2

    Dark third was a little dull compared to the two after, I prefer the second.

    16 Jul 5:39pm Reply
  • cozaster

    Периодически возвращаюсь к ним, эта волшебная постройка альбомов, не говорю уже о волшебстве песен!

    25 Jun 7:03pm Reply
  • Miyuki-Velais

    You are awesome! I'm waiting for you in Poland! Greetings!

    29 May 3:40pm Reply
  • Bought_New_Soul

    @Gnessie, Inclined to agree, although I find myself enjoying the other two every now and then, they made a mistake steering too far away from the incredible The Dark Third.

    10 May 7:39pm Reply
  • Gnessie

    One Album Wonder

    21 Mar 7:40pm Reply
  • Sherlock_Bones

    Always pleasant revisiting The Dark Third.

    18 Jan 11:51am Reply
  • Bought_New_Soul

    I listened to the Dark Third for the first time a month ago, liked it right away and with each listen i like it more and more. I ordered Amor Vincit Ominia which arrived this morning. Although it is an okay album, it just doesn't have the same atmosphere as the Dark Third. Still an okay album though.

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Unsatisfaction

    Really digging vocal harmonies, electronic and clean stuff. But when they try to put out something "heavier" it gets too boring.

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    Nice Prog and a bit underrated. Hopefully, we'll a get a reunion sometime soon.

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • airwickhaze also this.

    4 Feb 2013 Reply
  • airwickhaze

    tfw meeting someone randomly at a bus stop, and they have an old PRR ep in their loft

    4 Feb 2013 Reply
  • karmapolice911

    I was blissfully ignorant of the split :( I love everything they ever put out. I try to recommend them to as many people as possible but the name is a mouthful and no one remembers it...

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • R-Mac

    I checked out this band on a whim and I really love the progressive but modern sound!

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • zombiesaresmart

    They really have to reunite because their music is so fresh and new and rich and unique. But mainly because my life needs them back.

    27 Dec 2012 Reply
  • naozumi_

    Most underrated band.

    19 Dec 2012 Reply
  • vindhya9293

    gawd it's heartbreaking they disbanded. rip

    13 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Mi-Di

    они восхитительны

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • jcmgt

    Help us raise money this Remembrance Weekend by 'leaving a donation for the 'Valour' EP CD (which includes Tempest, the last ever recording) here:

    10 Nov 2012 Reply
  • jcmgt

    Help us more raise money this Remembrance Weekend by downloading the 'Valour' EP + new 'Armistice' remix here:

    10 Nov 2012 Reply
  • srartynqua

    Wish I'd seen them live before they broke up ._. [2]

    7 Nov 2012 Reply
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