German American indie rockers Seven Purple Tigers have released their new single, Clarity, from their upcoming EP Daydream Echo Chamber, scheduled for release on 11 November. We asked them the BIG questions . . .
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Tell us three things about yourself . . .
We are an American-German act that met in Krakow, Poland in 2015. We value live performance above all else and aim to bring stadium energy to whatever stage we play. We are fully independent and write and record our music in our self-made studio within the bowels of a disused historic German Inn.
How would you describe your music?
A cocktail of influences and genres that usually find their way into being indie pop or indie rock, but often vary in sound and style. We love beautiful melodies, big hooks, a tinge of melancholy and things that make people want to dance, and we try to include all of those things at once wherever possible. No idea, however, is off the table for us, and we've received equally lovely feedback on our more subtle, subdued numbers.
Who are your musical inspirations?
I’m sure "too many to list" is a common caveat here, but we often mention The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, The Smiths, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jeff Buckley, David Bowie, Devendra Banhart, Tame Impala, Kings of Convenience and Car Seat Headrest, to name but a very short few. We are as much in love with big pop stars like Dua Lipa and Harry Styles as we are with the beautiful simplicity of Jose Gonzalez’s music and with the menacing, theatrical musical pile driver that is Rammstein. Some things make their way musically into what we do, while others are more in spirit, where we draw inspiration from their art, aesthetic, energy or ethos.
What was the first gig you ever went to?
I say with the greatest of pride and fondest of memories that for me it was Weird Al Yankovic when I was 10. I knew every lyric and worshipped him as a kid - and I can definitely still sing Amish Paradise word for word. Can’t wait for the "biopic" with Daniel Radcliffe! Phil’s first gig was to an AC/DC cover band - incidentally we’d go on to play alongside one such band early in our career - and we’ve both yet to see the real deal live.
What was the first record you ever bought?
The first CD I bought for myself was NSYNC’s No Strings Attached. Bye Bye Bye and It’s Gonna Be Me are still certified bangers to this day, although I think Space Cowboy was seven-year-old me’s favorite. The first CD Phil’s mom let him pick out as a kid was Beyoncé’s B’Day (we still bust out Ring The Alarm sometimes), and the first album he purchased with his own money was Metallica’s black album, this being one of the records that inspired him to pick up a guitar.
What’s your favourite song right now?
The both of us are indescribably enamored with the latest Arctic Monkeys cut, There’d Better Be A Mirror Ball. It’s heart-rendering, it’s gorgeous, it’s genius, it’s a musical achievement, and we are so tremendously excited for The Car next month! Now please excuse us while we once again go and bathe ourselves in that keyboard loop…
Favourite lyric of all time?
Ooh, this might be the hardest interview question we’ve ever been asked! Is it Alex’s "Dancing in my underpants, I’m gonna run for government…" on One Point Perspective? We’re not saying it isn’t… Some contenders might be Tom Waits’ "Don’t you know there ain’t no devil, that’s just God when he’s drunk" from Heart Attack & Vine, the chorus of The Smiths’ Still Ill - "Does the body rule the mind or does the mind rule the body? I don’t know" - or perhaps the bit from Summer On The West Hill, where Kings of Convenience sing, "I feel at home here, in the middle of nowhere."
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Phil’s pick is Summer On the West Hill. Cue waterworks whenever the aforementioned line hits. I’d have also picked a KOC song, The Buildup, if only to hear Feist’s refrain until time itself stops, but alternately I would pick Jeff Buckley’s Lover, You Should’ve Come Over. Few songs are a splendorous and emotionally rewarding, and the lyrics are timelessly beautiful.
Where can people find your music/more information?
Our music can be found quite literally wherever it is you most like to listen, be that Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Bandcamp or otherwise; we will say that on Bandcamp you can hear it in the highest quality ;). For more information on the band please feel free to follow us on Instagram or visit our website.