By: Amanda Hather
Album – Top 40 Radio Memory Dream (Oh Yeah!)
Bandcamp Link – http://purplehill.bandcamp.com/album/top-40-radio-memory-dream-oh-yeah
Release Date – February 27th, 2015
Label – Purple Hill Records
Genre – Rock
Purple Hill is a four piece band including Owen Marchildon (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Jordan Bruce (drums, keyboard), Brent Hough (guitar, keyboard, backup vocals), and Dan Snyder (bass) based in Toronto. Their multi-genre sound is hard to define, but crosses folk, indie and rock lines. They describe their sound as “sounds like a velvet countryside that has enough folk in it to rock your elders out of their rockers”. With many influences such as The Everly Brothers, The Kinks, Chuck Berry, CCR, and Bob Dylan to name a few, their unique sound is sure to appeal to a vast audience. The album was recorded live off the floor at 6 Nassau Studios with Jeff McMurrich.
The ten track release does not disappoint. From the beginning to the end the upbeat vibe and high energy is consistent. “Through Your Nightmares” and the title track are two of my favourites off of the album, with “Six String All To My Heart” and “I Am Ripe” coming in close behind. These songs show off the raw sound that is throughout the album, giving it its indie feel. There truly is no bad song on ‘Top 40 Radio Memory Dream (Oh Yeah!)’, which is very hard to accomplish.
If you like the folk or indie genres of music, this album is definitely worth a listen. Even if you are like me and you hadn’t heard of Purple Hill prior to this release, you will want to make sure you change that. The live sound of the album is sure to please many listeners and allow them to hear the sheer talent of this band.
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I’m a Toronto girl born and raised but have been living in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick since 2010. Music and writing are my two passions, so what better place for me to be than a writer with Canadian Beats? I have been writing for the blog since May of 2013 and have had so many great experiences because of it. I listen to almost every kind of music but my favourites are pop rock, rock, indie, folk, and any other combinations of them. Concerts are definitely my favourite place to be, especially when you’re right against the barricade and can feel the energy from the band and the crowd, everyone singing the same lyrics and moving to the music. I also have a college degree in Business Administration and hope to one day be able to publish a novel.