Purity’s motto: If the band works, so will the music

Purity, a Calgary-based band, brought the crowd of the Blind Beggar Pub to its feet with a live music performance on Jan. 12.

This band is not like any local band due to its ability to mix a hard rock and heavy metal style into all of its original songs.

“Their style and stage presence is what got the crowd going,” explained Makenzi Mills, one of Purity’s fans.

“Their music’s like a mix of Metallica’s mid ’80s and early ’90s stuff, so it’s a perfect balance.”

Mills has followed the band since 2014 when they were first formed.

She has provided support and has gone to each one of their shows since.

“Every local band I’ve seen just doesn’t give you a vibe of passion for music like these guys do,” said Mills.

“They rock the stage and show it with every song they play.”

Never Never Land: Purity, a Calgary based band, plays a live show at the Blind Beggar Pub in Calgary on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Purity is heavily influenced by heavy metal music such as Metallica. (Photo by Emilie Tatlock/The Press)

Band members explained it is not only their stage presence that makes a good show, it is the friendship with one another that makes the difference.

In 2012, each of the band members, Jake Kearns, Erik-Bennet Hanson and Cary Weiss, met in high school.

They were able to grow and mature together, forming a very close bond.

“We even learned how to drive together,” said Weiss, one of the guitarists of the trio, in a recent interview.

Like every other band, they can become “hot headed” with one another and argue, but they know how to handle a fight and sort through it without an issue.

“It’s over dumb stuff half the time too,” said Hanson, the drummer of the band.

“We give it a few days and text each other if no one says anything.”

Never Never Land: Erik-Bennet Handson plays all he as with his band Purity during their live show at the Blind Beggar Pub in Calgary on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Purity is heavily influenced by heavy metal music such as Metallica. (Photo by Emilie Tatlock/The Press)

Kearns said that arguing can be healthy within the group because of the challenge it can help to get problems out in the open.

“Some times, just blowing that valve can make us see how important the issue is,” said Weiss.

The band members have to be able to work with one another if the music they make is to be accepted.

“If the band works, so does the music,” said Kearns.

Never Never Land: Jake Kearns, the lead singer and a guitarist in Purity, a Calgary based band, plays a solo at their live show at the Blind Beggar in Calgary on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Purity is heavily influenced by heavy metal music such as Metallica. (Photo by Emilie Tatlock/The Press)

In the summer of 2016, Purity recorded its first single, Shed The Light, at The Beach Advanced Audio Recording studio in Calgary.

Since then, the band has invested in recording equipment and now produces its own music.

The cost of recording can cause stress, and at the end of the day, they need to focus on improving themselves before putting tension on the group.

“Before anything else, we’re friends and that’s what keeps this band together,” declared Weiss.

Never Never Land: Cary Weiss, a guitarist for Purity, a Calgary based band, plays live at the Blind Beggar Pub in Calgary on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Weiss has been a part of the band since the start in 2014. (Photo by Emilie Tatlock/The Press)
About Emilie Tatlock 4 Articles
As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Emilie Tatlock is working as a reporter for The Press during the 2016-17 academic year.

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