Chris Pureka

Chris Pureka

Chris Pureka has been touring the US for the last 10 years, Europe the last three, performing unadorned, country-inflected folk music at cozy clubs and grand theaters, grassroots festivals and urban block parties.

Pureka's latest release, Chimera II, is an expression of transition, collecting seven tracks old and new, borrowed and original. Like its predecessor, it's both a coda and prelude, an assortment of songs that are vital and revealing and yet don't quite fit within the focus of her full-length albums.

The name refers to the three-headed creature of Greek mythology, part serpent, part lion, part goat. It's also a scientific term that describes an organism derived from two genetically distinct types of cells—a nod toward Pureka's background as a research biologist. Both contexts are apt: Chimera II is a grab bag of curiosities.

The two cover songs stand out immediately. "Like a Movie" was penned by friend and occasional touring partner Nicole Reynolds and recorded before Pureka's departure from Brooklyn to her current residence in Portland, Or. Cover number 2, "Play With Fire" was Pureka's contribution to a Rolling Stones tribute night at the Iron Horse Music Hall a few years ago; she delivers it here as a scathing indictment. "I felt like I had something different to offer," she says of her choice of covers. "It doesn't make sense to record a song exactly the same way someone else did."

Pureka wrote "Old Photographs" as part of a group project inspired by author T Cooper's memoir Real Man Adventures. "I usually write from my own experience," she says, "so having a project where I had specific direction was challenging and rewarding: an interesting opportunity to approach songwriting in a different way." Older composition "Barn Song" was recorded live at the Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC. The other live song, "Broken Clock," was recorded at the famous Daytrotter Studio in southern Illinois during Pureka's session there in July 2012.

Available June 25, Chimera II is Pureka's fifth release on her own Sad Rabbit Records. Soon after she'll be back on the road with her next headlining tour.

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From the artists' MySpace:
From the very beginning hearing my mom’s accordion and piano playing intrigued me. She played mostly polka, classical and Joni Mitchell songs. It was on road trips as a young kid that I would sort through the bag of cassette tapes in our 1984 yellow Volvo that I learned of the early folk artists that I fell in love with. My mom and dad's cassette collection was vast and influencing. Artists such as Cat Stevens, Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, Simon and Garfunkel, Loggins and Messina, and early country tunes morphed my early love for music. We all sang loud together in the car. My mom taught me piano and took me to lessons next to a white church by the park. Little did piper (my band mate) and I know that as kids we had the same piano teacher in the small town of Ojai that we both grew up in. I found a guitar in the storage/computer room that would lead me on the journey to songwriting. I learned a lot from local musicians, Patricia from The Cardinalli’s for guitar, and Jaye Hersh my high school choir teacher, who got me to sing in front of people. By the end of my junior year in high school I began writing songs. After high school I met my amazing band mates Piper Denney and Holly Schmidt. We’ve been playing all over, and are excited to finish our first EP and travel playing music together!

Embers End

The beginning of Embers End. In the summer of 2013, Emily Pate and Bryant Lovette formed a band. Their idea was to craft catchy indie tunes with heavy folk leanings. Their tools were their acoustic guitars, their powerful voices, and their mutual yearning for truth, beauty, and love in music. Together, they invited John Reardon and Matthew Kilby to take part in their adventure.

Drawing influence from bands such as Of Monsters and Men, The Head and the Heart, and Mumford & Sons, Embers End seeks to breathe life into the folk genre while creating a sound which can be described as acoustic indie folk.

A duo of natural storytellers, Pate and Lovette weave their voices together with thrilling vibrancy. Reardon compliments the two with a third voice, the voice of his amber-toned instrument, the cello. As for Kilby, Embers End marches to the beat of his drumming.

Embers End is a group of dreamers desirous of company. Join us and we’ll share a dream together.


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