Purr Residency ~+ Night Two

Purr

Purr began late-summer of 2016 as the side-project of two young New Yorkers, Eliza Callahan and Jack Staffen, who have been songwriting partners since childhood. Most recently, the duo gained critical cult acclaim playing under their own names, Jack and Eliza, which garnered recognition from the likes of Interview Magazine, The New Yorker and The New York Times.  During the Purr demoing process, which took place in Callahan’s kitchen, they brought Sam Glick, a friend of Callahan’s from Columbia University on board to play bass. Glick then introduced the group to Max Freedberg, the drummer from Glick’s Boston-based band, Plums.  

field trip

It’s not easy for people with strange, sometimes puzzling minds to control the sounds in their heads and effectuate them into meaning through sound. Noah Champ, Los Angeles native expatriated to New York, has one of those elusive minds: neither here nor there, but somewhere in between, constantly building and re-building upon the expanses of thought. His music, penned field trip, exposes a deeply-altered perspective, horrified and charged by new environs and feelings. Unlike many, Champ has successfully been able to materialize the emotional voids at the core of his person, and has etched them on tape for us to indulge in.

Champ moved to New York in what proved to be a deeply-altering time not only for him, but for his new home’s music scene. The beau monde-induced demise of dominant venues like Death by Audio and 285 Kent prophesied the inevitable extinction of the tight-knit, music-first rooms that incubated records the band regarded as scripture.

Wishing to experience these space’s ephemeral legacy and mythos, Champ (singer/drums), joined by Nico Geyer (guitar), Phillip Braun (synthesizers), sprung on an opportunity to play at Palisades in late 2014, having since been joined by Will Sacks (guitar) and Claire Gilb (bass). Another year of playing and ambling in New York finds field trip tapping into further reaching sounds, connecting the dots between the likes of Factory Records alums, early trip hop, and space-age California. The band released their debut LP, Horror Vacui, on 11/11/16.

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