The NYC duo Purple Knights refer to themselves as “basement rock,” and I like that idea, but I think I might go with “basement psych” instead. Still, the notion of the basement in a musical sense is intriguing. It’s not quite the bedroom, which is where intimate acoustic folk solo projects happen, or the garage, where one might bust out two-minute bombastic lo-fi guitar jangles. The basement almost seems to imply someone’s upstairs and you don’t want to bother them, so you have to be a very specific kind of quiet. Listening to Purple Knights‘ self-released EP, you can hear that humility in their sound, and it works in their favor.
Purple Knights is Zack Kurland and Ben Smith of Sweet Diesel (the latter also of The Brought Low) and the EP is available now on iTunes, through the band on Thee Facebooks, or however it is you dern kids buy your music these days. Enjoy the colorful new clip below for the song “Stay at Home,” and if you want to take it as being the band’s advice for how to make your next record, that’s entirely up to you:
Tags: New York, Purple Knights, Unsigned bands