Los Angeles has been bubbling over with outstanding music this year. You can now add Sabrosa Purr to your list of emerging Californian bands to check out, with their newly released Music From The Violet Room EP on Dangerbird Records. They have some mighty big influences in their sound, including Pink Floyd, Secret Machines and even a bit of Nirvana. These diverse sources of inspiration help Sabrosa Purr create songs that are similar to the ocean, with deep currents that can be soothing, yet in the blink of an eye can turn dangerous and violent. This theme is easily heard on the song “…by the Water”, beginning with bubbling guitars over a strong bassline, which then explodes with the chorus as frontman Will Love screams “all the sh!t that we’ve been through, and all the things that we won’t do”. On “The Lovely People”, they pull out all the stops for one hell of a good rock track, almost reminiscent of Filter back nearly a decade ago when they had balls. You know, pre-”Take A Picture” Filter. If rock radio still played great tunes, this would be a hit. Sabrosa Purr then pulls a 180 with “All The Leaves…”, which showcases Love’s soaring vocals over the gentle waves of reverb-soaked guitars and nothing else. The Floyd references erupt during the instrumental breakdown on “Pink”, making quite a bit of beautiful noise for a three-piece. I admire a group that is able to blend some pretty diverse influences, with one sound never overpowering the other. Sabrosa Purr’s balance of gentle ballads with explosive rock moments puts them in a similar category as groups like Oceansize, which is definitely a compliment. With the musical ground they cover in an EP, I can only imagine where a full-length album might take us.
Music From The Violet Room
POSTED October 19, 2005 12:00AM IN THE TRIPWIRE