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Edmonton, Canada (2010 – present)

Megan James and Corin Roddick formed Purity Ring in 2010. They both grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. James played piano and Roddick played drums prior to the band’s inception, but neither play them as a primary instrument for Purity Ring. During live shows, Roddick uses a custom built, tree-shaped instrument to drive both live sound and lighting. Additionally, during live appearances both wear clothes custom designed and sewn by James.

The duo were originally two of several members of the band of GOBBLE GOBBLE (now Born Gold). While on tour with Gobble Gobble, Roddick began experimenting with and beats. James was asked to sing on a track called “Ungirthed,” thus forming Purity Ring. The song was released in January 2011.

On April 3, 2012, Purity Ring announced that they were signed by media company 4AD world-wide and Last Gang Records in Canada. Later in the same month the band announced their debut album, Shrines, set to be released July 24, 2012. They also debuted the first single from the album titled “Obedear.” On June 20, 2012, Purity Ring released another single from the album titled “Fineshrine.” The album reached number 100 on the UK Albums Chart. In the United States, it reached number thirty-two on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Dance/Electronic Albums.


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  • brnmx


    30 Jul 7:28pm Reply
  • arthoe

    i love you

    26 Jul 10:27pm Reply
  • FlowerDownland

    Prolly my favorite artist for the past year, both albums are just incredible!

    10 Jul 12:11am Reply
  • shearlocked

    The new album is so chill, I love it

    1 Jul 8:36pm Reply
  • bravenewboi

    Seeing them Oct 3rd! So fucking excited!

    28 Jun 11:55pm Reply
  • LittleLiar_

    Just stop barking and enjoy their music. Or go listen to something else.

    26 Jun 11:18am Reply
  • xipita

    wtf do they have to do with chvrches? chvrches is synthpop, purity ring is electronic/ambient, stop with these fucking stupid comparisons + 1

    22 Jun 10:41pm Reply
  • electricmonster

    wtf do they have to do with chvrches? chvrches is synthpop, purity ring is electronic/ambient, stop with these fucking stupid comparisons

    22 Jun 9:21pm Reply
  • TheWrathofThor

    Love the trap influences on new album

    22 Jun 6:25pm Reply
  • entheogenic


    18 Jun 10:04am Reply
  • trustmeineedu

    'better than' message is hilarious

    13 Jun 5:54am Reply
  • johnonymous

    It took me until seeing them live for Another Eternity to finally click. I was so wrong for thinking it's a step down from Shrines. They're both wonderful albums, and Repetition might seriously be their best song.

    10 Jun 11:34pm Reply
  • delhiescorts21

    Lovely and soothing music

    5 Jun 2:15pm Reply
  • luanmbraghetta

    better than CHVRCHES

    3 Jun 7:27pm Reply
  • KevinVillage

    the poor man's CHVRCHES

    3 Jun 5:41pm Reply
  • iZZidane

    Shrines has better standouts but Another Eternity is definitely more consistent. Pop orientated or not it's still a fantastic album and just because something is pop doesn't necessarily mean it's bad. Like St8of_Emergency said, they are actually doing pop music justice right now.

    1 Jun 2:59pm Reply
  • Seb_Reflex

    Really tired of that "relaxation music" movement...

    30 May 1:32am Reply
  • katieevans

    Although nothing on Another Eternity tops Lofticries, I think it's actually a more consistent overall than Shrines. [2]

    29 May 6:56pm Reply
  • takemehome4real

    Another Eternity isn't better than their debut, but I'm really lovin it tbh.

    29 May 6:31pm Reply
  • EnigmaticRealm

    As much as I've tried; I just can't get into Another Eternity. It's very different from Shrines, but I don't think it as cohesive either. They have far more repetition throughout their new album than Repetition. I feel it's pretty inferior to their previous work, and almost sounds like they're taking cues from someone else than themselves.

    23 May 1:50am Reply
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