There’s no shortage of pomp and flash when Leeds band Purple Thread are around. This July saw the release of their latest track Life’s A Drag. Like its immediate predecessor, Glitter, the song has swagger, funk, punk and bounce in equal measure; it’s impossible to stay down when Purple Thread are in the room. In an era where raunchy is packed full of risk of social faux pas, Purple Thread casually and elegantly hip thrust raunchy into the listener’s face.
I played Life’s A Drag recently while in Iceland and one of my travelling companions remarked how much Purple Thread reminded him of some of the original punk ‘77 royalty and in particular how Liz Mann sang like Pauline Murray lead singer of the fabled Penetration. There was a wistful tear in his eye.
What’s special about Purple Thread is that they mix their influences so they sound like no other band playing the circuit at the moment. They play their funk riffs so they blend perfectly into their heavy punk back beat, and Liz Mann’s lead vocals are as smooth as honey but with all the punch of Joshua. If you currently groove to the likes of Wolf Alice, Blondie, Jack White, the Big Moon or early punk then Purple Thread are a hit up for you.
Having caught Purple Thread live as support for LA Witch earlier this year (where they performed a breathtaking performance of Bowie’s Moonage Daydream), they give a blistering and exhilarating performance that forces you to know you are alive. Unfortunately Purple Thread don’t have any upcoming gigs listed at the time of writing but I’m sure it won’t be long.