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Purest

Sheffield

Photo: Ellen Offredy 

Name, where are you from?
We are PUREST from Sheffield

Describe your style in three words?
Grungy Indie mess

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
We all saw The Horrors in London. We got covered in human waste and crowd surfed to the stage, I lost all my possessions in the venue, still worth it!

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
The Jesus and Marychain and Echo and the Bunnymen. Although we’ve already had the pleasure of meeting and playing with Ian McCulloch. They’ve both influenced us massively both stylistically and songwriting.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
The bands involved throughout the C86 music movement all had timeless style and wrote brilliant instant pop drenched songs, bands like the House of Love, The Smiths and Primal Scream etc...

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Lou Reed because he shaped the face of guitar music as we know it, he pioneered writing dark depressing pop songs.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
The Water Rats in London has a special place in our hearts. We get to play there on the 6th of December again! The last time it was packed out and they allowed us to play past curfew, it’s very intimate and sweaty!

Your greatest hero or heroine in music?
Robert Smith from The Cure, he’s someone who forged his own style and stuck to it throughout his career.


2018 saw Purest play alongside their personal heroes Echo and The Bunnymen and label owner Gary Powell’s band, The Libertines at the Libs' own festival. Their latest EP ‘Waste My Days' is out now on Gary Powell's 25 Hour Convenience Store. 

The first track you played on repeat?
'1979' by The Smashing Pumpkins.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Graveyard Girl' by M83, it explores the same sentiments of our EP full of teenage angst, feeling lost and having no idea what’s to come next.

One record you would keep forever?
Physcocandy by The Jesus and Marychain, I’ve inherited it from my parents' collection and will preserve it with pride.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
"I want to be forgotten and I don’t want to be reminded" - 'What Ever Happened' by The Strokes

A song you wished you had written?
'Fade Into You' by Mazzy Star

Best song to turn up loud?
'Don’t You (Forget About Me)' - Simple Minds.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'Better Off Alone by Alice Deejay is just a banger!

The song to get you straight on the dance floor?
'Blue Monday' by New Order, impossible to ignore that intro fade in.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'Killing Moon' by Echo and the Bunnymen is the best way to wind a night down and probably one of the best choruses ever written.

Any new bands you are into at the moment?
Our label mates The Slumdogs have just released a fantastic EP. There’s loads of new and exciting bands coming through.

Photo: Ellen Offredy 

Name, where are you from?
We are PUREST from Sheffield

Describe your style in three words?
Grungy Indie mess

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
We all saw The Horrors in London. We got covered in human waste and crowd surfed to the stage, I lost all my possessions in the venue, still worth it!

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
The Jesus and Marychain and Echo and the Bunnymen. Although we’ve already had the pleasure of meeting and playing with Ian McCulloch. They’ve both influenced us massively both stylistically and songwriting.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
The bands involved throughout the C86 music movement all had timeless style and wrote brilliant instant pop drenched songs, bands like the House of Love, The Smiths and Primal Scream etc...

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Lou Reed because he shaped the face of guitar music as we know it, he pioneered writing dark depressing pop songs.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
The Water Rats in London has a special place in our hearts. We get to play there on the 6th of December again! The last time it was packed out and they allowed us to play past curfew, it’s very intimate and sweaty!

Your greatest hero or heroine in music?
Robert Smith from The Cure, he’s someone who forged his own style and stuck to it throughout his career.


2018 saw Purest play alongside their personal heroes Echo and The Bunnymen and label owner Gary Powell’s band, The Libertines at the Libs' own festival. Their latest EP ‘Waste My Days' is out now on Gary Powell's 25 Hour Convenience Store. 

The first track you played on repeat?
'1979' by The Smashing Pumpkins.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Graveyard Girl' by M83, it explores the same sentiments of our EP full of teenage angst, feeling lost and having no idea what’s to come next.

One record you would keep forever?
Physcocandy by The Jesus and Marychain, I’ve inherited it from my parents' collection and will preserve it with pride.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
"I want to be forgotten and I don’t want to be reminded" - 'What Ever Happened' by The Strokes

A song you wished you had written?
'Fade Into You' by Mazzy Star

Best song to turn up loud?
'Don’t You (Forget About Me)' - Simple Minds.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'Better Off Alone by Alice Deejay is just a banger!

The song to get you straight on the dance floor?
'Blue Monday' by New Order, impossible to ignore that intro fade in.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'Killing Moon' by Echo and the Bunnymen is the best way to wind a night down and probably one of the best choruses ever written.

Any new bands you are into at the moment?
Our label mates The Slumdogs have just released a fantastic EP. There’s loads of new and exciting bands coming through.

PUREST - Waste My Days (Official video)

Purest - 'Waiting For'

Purest - 'Always'