Saturday night brought a twin-bill sweaty dance party to St Louis as Purity Ring and Blue Hawaii were in town playing together. This was my second time seeing Purity Ring, having seen them last year at the much smaller Firebird. But the band’s popularity has obviously grown as the dance floor of Plush was packed with Purity Ring‘s fans excited for the spectacle they knew was coming. And what a spectacle it was. Purity Ring is known for the amazing light show that they bring to the stage when they perform live. Surrounded by lantern cocoons that producer/instrumentalist Corin Roddick controls with his custom, tree-shaped drums, Purity Ring elevates their blend of throbbing electro-pop songs with the synchronization of the lights. And together with Megan James’s soothing vocal, Purity Ring live just dazzles.
Fellow Canadians Blue Hawaii warmed up the audience for an exciting night ahead with their own blend of eclectic electronic sounds. I enjoyed their recently released record Untogether but actually thought their music would be more chill from listening to the album. Was I wrong. Live, Blue Hawaii turned up the knob and the beat of their songs and started the dance party early. It was an unexpected but very welcome surprise.
Browse the pictures I have taken from the show below and stream two of the recorded videos I took of Purity Ring covering Soulja Boy‘s Grammy and Blue Hawaii jamming out to their own Sweet Tooth.