Purple’s Hanna Brewer (drums/vocals) shares her stimulating thoughts on Purple’s world, their new single ‘Backbone’ and album ‘Bodacious’ and…their big jam sesh, drinking whiskey and smoking dabs.
The Beaumont, East Texas pop punk party trio – Hanna Brewer and Taylor Busby (guitar/vocals), Joe “Prankster” Cannariato (bass guitar) – release their second album ‘Bodacious’, on July 29th via Play It Again Sam.
Helloooo Hanna…How are you today?
I’m doin alright.
So…What’s ‘Backbone’ about?
‘Backbone’ is about growing up and learning how to be strong.
Why did you call your new album ‘Bodacious’? And please tell us everything we should know about the album.
We called it Bodacious because it means “audacious in a way considered admirable”
And we are pretty wild and well…Some people dig that. Haha. The album was recorded in Tornillo, TX at Sonic Ranch. Right on the border of Mexico. (Sonic Ranch is also a huge pecan farm) we wrote most of the songs as we were recording. The whole thing was basically a big jam sesh. We drank a 5th of whiskey a day and smoked a lot of dabs. Omar Rodriguez from Mars Volta randomly popped in with Teri from Les Butcherettes and they listened to ‘Backbone’. That was intense. I had just woke up still in my pajamas and really stoned. I just sat there while they stared at the ground nodding their heads. They probably thought it sounded like a Barney song compared to what they play.
Anyways…We all wrote our own lyrics and when we recorded drums everyone was in the room with me so we got a really live feel. I almost feel like I wish I would’ve toured with those songs before I recorded them because I would’ve had the feel of the song down better. I feel like some parts are sped up but every musician trips out about something they made.Describe Purple’s world in few words…
We are real and write whatever the hell we want. We don’t care about genres or taking ourselves super seriously.
Do you think your music has evolved since ‘409’ and if so, how?
Yes I do. We have a different bass player, Joe Cannariato, on this album so that changed things up. He plays more complex bass lines that are right on beat as opposed to our old bass player Smitty who had simple lines and played behind the beat a little bit.
We went a little more wild with experimenting with new genres. Like the raggae/ hip hop kinda stuff. We have always played stuff like that. I feel we were kinda pushed to only be hard rock on our first album. We have always had more chill, different songs. The label just didn’t want them on the first album.
What’s the best and worst thing about playing in a band like Purple? 🙂
The best thing is that we are always writing and traveling. There’s always something goin on. The worst thing is getting in stupid fights because we are always together 24/7.
What has been the hardest part of being in the music industry for you?
Well it’s been weird mixing business with my passion. Music has always been only about emotions for me and then when they start talkin all this paperwork and people wantin to change stuff on the album and blah blah blah…It makes me uninspired and kinda mad. I’m getting used to it though and learning that I shouldn’t waste that energy on being angry. I put it into writing. Whatever happens is meant to happen.
What kind of music do you listen to these days?
Well I listen to mostly rap and R&B. I really like ILOVEMAKKONEN and Kehlani right now. I’ve just grown up listening to every type of rock n roll since the day I was born and I’m in clubs every night with rock blaring in my face. I just can’t even listen to it hardly on my own.
Are you planning any live shows and what will they be like?
Yeah we are opening up for The Toadies and Reverend Horton Heat (along with many other awesome bands) at Dia De Los Toadies on June 11 at River Road Icehouse in New Braunfels, TX. It should be pretty wild because it a bunch of Texas bands! here is the link: facebook.com/DiaDeLosToadies
What is your favorite thing to see in the audience while you are on stage?
I just like to see people smiling and dancing and havin a good time. I’m sure that’s what any band likes to see.
What distracts you while you’re on stage?
When someone in the band keeps telling me to play faster or slower. It pisses me off to the extreme. Haha thanks for the interview!!
It was a real pleasure…Thanks Hanna 🙂
By Fabrizio Belluschi ©FM