“It’s not just about music, Rock ‘n’ Roll is much more than that” – In Conversation With Purple Patch

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As Pune based rock trio Purple Patch try to break out into the limelight with their brand of contemporary rock n roll on their debut EP ‘Girls Amass’, we got in touch with them to find out about how they formed, their latest release and their sound.

1. Tell us about your band. How did it form?

Purple Patch is a Pune based Hard Rock band. And myself (Darryl Paul) and Jude Bronkhurst formed the band in the fall of 2018. We were just fed up with the mainstream music at that time and we wanted a challenge and what better than doing Hard Rock, Rock ‘n’ Roll and I’m not saying Heavy Metal there’s a huge difference between Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. There were already a lot of Metal bands booming around in India along with the Pop and Rock scene too having a bunch of people. But Hard Rock and Rock ‘n’ Roll seemed to be afar from the Indian crowd/media and well I liked the idea of not going with the flow. With addition to that, we enjoyed the heaviness along with the groove and that’s Purple Patch. The band was completed when we found our drummer Abhishek Chaubey a few months later and then we just got louder and louder every gig.

2. Which bands/artists were your first love and who is your biggest influence?

Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Motley Crue, The Police, Slash were our biggest influences.

3. You released an EP called ‘Girls Amass’ earlier this year. Tell us more about it.

Well, basically the “Amass” means collection so if you join the two words i.e “Girls Amass” we all can figure it out what it means. And about the songs we have, A. L. T. C. (A Little Too Care) which is like a sex anthem for me personally and the one which got featured on the Rolling Stones India so that was our single. GO EASY, this is another song that focuses on the sexual tension between a couple that I often hear about people talk.
DRUNK IN LOVE now this is a very mellow and soft song a complete opposite to the others. It emphasizes the emotion of Love being drunk In Love and not the person. Hands All Over, this song is basically a post break up song for which means getting a muse to pleasure ourselves and telling her the story about the break up while she had her hands are all over.

4. What’s your music-making and recording process like?

Our music recording is mostly very active you can say we literally wrote our single ALTC in the studio which wasn’t even included in the list of the songs to record so yeah we enjoy the experience.

5.  Why do you make music? What drives you as a band?

We want people to follow their dreams whatever it is and make them believe in themselves. And setting ourselves as an example for them drives us to do what we do.

6. Which Indian bands or artists do you admire?

I admire Shashank Bhatnagar, I mean that guy has something different from all the others that I’ve met personally/online and yeah so yeah he’s the one and there’s Kryptos I mean those guys have really proved themselves.

7. What’s your take on the independent music scene in India, especially with regard to your genre?

Well, personally I do not see anyone in Hard Rock, Rock ‘n’ Roll. There are guys who are good in that genre with their music but you know it’s not just about music, Rock ‘n’ Roll is much more than that. I would call out people to come and see us what’s real Rock ‘n’ Roll. We are Purple Patch.