Puressence

Puressence

 Manchester, England, GBR
BandRock

"It’s only a matter of time before the world catches on how earth shatteringly important Puressence are...They have all the ingredients - dollops of attitude & ecstasy, choruses the size of their hometown, a best kept secret that surely can't remain so for much longer"
Guardian

Biography

“An epic quartet fronted by a voice of rare power & distinction” (MOJO);
“One killer song after another, vivid guitars and a brilliant voice” (Music Week).

Of all the classic guitar bands, Manchester’s Puressence have always been about the emotion. Rollercoaster emotion, from the fragile to the euphoric. For years, they’ve been slaying fans with their songs, the best of which were included on their 2009 compilation ‘Sharpen Up The Knives’, which drew on the band’s Island Records years between 1996 and 2002.

However, the band’s true renaissance begins with their new, fifth album, ‘Solid State Recital’ (on their own Caserta Red label). ‘Solid State Recital’ is Puressence, knives sharpened, back to their brilliant best. The album’s emotional intensity never lets up, from the anthemic artillery of ‘Raise Me To The Ground’ and ‘Our Number’s Oracle’ to the Motown-style pounding of ‘Solid State’ and the soaring slowburn of ‘Burma’ and ‘In Harm’s Way’.

The title ‘Solid State Recital’ equally taps the band’s core identity. “It comes back to why we’re called Puressence. We’re not a confrontational band, or a political band; it’s all about the purer feelings, the raw emotion, the most soulful kind of music. This is a band from north Manchester, and this is what we sound like.”

In their strongholds, especially Manchester and southern Europe - in Greece, they play to tens of thousands - Puressence are treated as idols. Elsewhere, they’ve had chart success in the days when the charts mattered, though they’ve never benefitted from being part of any trend. When schoolmates James and Tony Szuminski (drums) met Kevin Matthews (bass) and founding guitarist Neil MacDonald on the bus to The Stone Roses’ legendary Spike Island show in 1989, they formed a band that married the presence and attitude of the Roses to a darkly haunting and molten guitar rock that last hit the heights during the era of Joy Division and Echo & The Bunnymen.

20 years since Puressence formed, they’re still improving, still refining, still expanding. The clichéd press approach to the band – that they deserve to be much more widely recognised – becomes less relevant as time goes on.

“It makes me laugh when people underestimate me,” a combative James grins. “My appetite for music is just getting whetted. To me, the band is massive because we write massive music, and through word of mouth, we get bigger every year. As long as I can find the germ of an idea and create something from it, and get it across live, with passion, and people tell me they love it, I’ll keep going. And we’ll only stop when we stop feeling that.”

Lyrics

Solid State

Written By: Puressence

I concede, anyway, anyhow, anyday,
I'll proceed to flaunt the law
And oh when she says I'm not so sure,
I say I never had a doubt at all

Spend my life in a shack,
Smoking fags on a rag,
Watching life through cracks in walls,
Oh, well it's a cast-iron solid state recital

I concede anyway, anytime, anyday,
That my back's against the wall.
It's time for a cast-iron solid state recital.

Oh, my feelings changed, as I came away
So close to that.
And oh, well it's a cast-iron solid state recital.
And oh, my feelings changed,
I often went so close to that.
And oh, well it's a cast-iron solid state recital
It's vital

Burma

Written By: Puressence

Sometimes I feel she's alright, she's ok.
She's not tired.
With every word that is spoken,
We're more broken
We're more broken.

No word of a lie, and in the blink of an eye,
We stand in the kitchen and life passes by,
Averting your eyes from my columbian bit,
We stand and exist as the night flashes by

Sometimes I feel I'm alright, I'm ok, I'm not tired.
With eery word, that is spoken, we're more broken.
We're more broken, we're more broken.

We're the strings on the street, we don't care.
to play fair, we're not there.
Embraced in a bag or so long, I'm so wrong
To feel that way that I...

No word of a he and in the blink of an eye
We stand and exist as the light passes by
Averting your eyes from my columbian tie,
We stand in the kitchen and life passes by

Sometimes I feel, I'm alright, I'm ok, I'm not tied
With every word that is spoken
we're more broken, we're more broken, we're more broken

And sometimes I feel
And sometimes I feel

When Your Eyes Close

Written By: Puressence

Far away and years ago
We were blind, the dead had soul
Waiting here where you don't know

Razorclam's reverbarate
What about the motorway?
I could beg before I could walk
But I want you to see what I still see
So lay it on me

If you see me when your eyes close,
Oh no, well I won't let you down
If you see me when your eyes close
If you see me when your eyes close
I'll always be around.

Nothing wants to live round here
Need you now but nature's cold
We were young when lead was gold

But I want you to see what I still see
So lay it on me

If you see me when your eyes close,
Oh no, well I won't let you down
If you can't hear what I'm saying
Oh no, I'll always be around.

Discography

LPs:
PURESSENCE (1996)
ONLY FOREVER (1998)
PLANET HELPLESS (2002)
DON'T FORGET TO REMEMBER (2007)
SHARPEN UP THE KNIVES (2009)
SOLID STATE RECITAL (2011)

Singles:
PETROL SKIN (1992)
SIAMESE (1992)
OFFSHORE (1993)
I SUPPOSE (1995)
I SUPPOSE (European) (1995)
FIRE (1995)
INDIA (1996)
TRAFFIC JAM IN MEMORY LANE (1996)
CASTING LAZY SHADOWS (1996)
THIS FEELING (1996)
THIS FEELING CD 2 (1996)
IT DOESN'T MATTER ANYMORE (1998)
IT DOESN'T MATTER ANYMORE 2(1998)
ALL I WANT (1998)
ALL I WANT CD2 (1998)
WALKING DEAD (2002)
WALKING DEAD CD2 (2002)
PALISADES (2007)
DROP DOWN TO EARTH (2007)
DROP DOWN TO EARTH CD2 (2007)
DON'T KNOW ANY BETTER (2008)