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Purity Ring’s Corin Roddick’s Got It Almost Figured Out

Published: Thursday, August 30, 2012

Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2012 16:09

Purity Ring

Sebastian Mlynarski

Purity Ring

The internet is saturated with new artists doing everything they can to be noticed, but Purity Ring only had to make one song.

"Ungirthed" was the first song Canadian duo Corin Roddick and Megan James created together and the buzz that followed was overwhelming. That’s when the band got to work. Purity Ring’s debut album, Shrines, has taken off since its release last month. While they’re a new band on the scene, they are completely devoted to giving this their all. College Times caught up with Roddick while he preparing for their headlining tour.

College Times: Were you approached to make an album?

Corin Roddick: We weren’t really approached to make an album. We decided to make an album on our own terms. We first made the first song ("Ungirthed") and put it out there and then after that generated some sort of attention we could have left it at that but we decided to expand the project and be a real band that makes albums. So, we spent the next year and a half writing an album.

How would you describe Megan?

She is much more creative than I am. I feel like she can make something out of anything. Art seems to flow out of her in all means all the time. She’s either writing or drawing or sewing. She’s just doing things like that all the time whereas I feel like I have to try really hard to make things sound good and that’s the only thing I can do. There’s a lot to Megan, and I feel like I’m still figuring out what some of those things are.

How did you decide to bring [your music] to a live show setting?

[laughs] We try to do it in the most sort of interesting and engaging way that we could think of. The whole set is really geared toward visuals, like having the audience be visually stimulated by lights and things but not just a flashlight. Everything is very interactive. All the visuals you see are directly connected to the sound that’s being made. The idea was to make an interesting show by having the audience be able to see the music being instead of, you know, me pressing play on a sampler and having a projector behind us.

How does that work on the road?

It’s pretty challenging. There’s a lot of technology involved. The most challenging part is just making sure everything works, because there are a lot of different pieces that are connected through cables and wirelessly. There’s a lot of, like, science and math that I don’t understand that somehow makes everything run the way it’s supposed to. Sometimes there are problems and that’s the hardest part. The actual performing part comes very naturally. Megan and I really enjoy being on stage and sharing the music we’ve created in front of people. That’s something that we enjoy and don’t see being difficult. 

Whether it’s for your music or your live show, are there any artists that influence you or that you admire?

I admire a lot of artists. I don’t have any necessary influences but there are a lot of artists that I really admire ... But I don’t admire them in the way that I want to do the same thing, it’s, like, mostly influential to see someone create a world around themselves and that’s the most interesting part about it. That’s what intrigues the both of us. That’s something that we try to do.

For example…

I don’t know. There are many bands. Anyone from Radiohead to 2 Chainz to Converge to Sigur Rós …

Being so young, so are your friends doing the conventional college route?

No way! Oh, are our friends doing that? Yes. Being 21 years old a lot of people my age are doing that thing. It doesn’t interest me. It never really has. I don’t have anything against people choosing to do things that way, that’s just one way of doing it. [College is] very limiting almost. I would much prefer to make things happen for myself and let them develop or bloom in any direction in which they may. Not have them confined to a certain time.

Sounds like you found the perfect job for yourself.

Apparently, yeah. I do have my dream job currently.

Purity Ring w/Headaches, Cousins, Crescent Ballroom, August 31, 8:30 p.m., Sold out

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