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Already firm favourites in these pages thanks to their previous releases, PURSON’s new album ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’ is a stunning display of pure, unadulterated retro rock with huge twists and turns. ROSALIE CUNNINGHAM tells TERRORIZER why the planets have finally aligned for the London troupe
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“No, I can’t imagine my life without Purson. I know this is what I want to do, now.” As Rosalie Cunningham sits at the back of a pub, saying these words with a relaxed, satisfied smile on her lips, rock music collectively breathes a sigh of relief. Purson, you see, are an essential band for its future. The importance of having a British band, led by a wildly talented, creative, strong woman, a songwriter whose influences are firmly rooted in the past, yet with a vision firmly set on the present and future, is quite frankly immeasurable. Every tired, rehashed, purple-clad, Orange amplifier-using, clichéd “’70s” or “retro” band should split up (please, please do) in utter shame at the mere listen of any Purson song – this is how you do it, this is how you let the golden ages of rock music guide you, but not consume you, this is how you combine the best of the past with the excitement of the now and the new. Even when they are flirting with the clichés themselves, a guitar lick here or a familiar turn of phrase there that reminds you of something, they do it with a wink and a grin – it’s not earning cool points, it’s a nudge at a fellow fan, it’s a see-what-I-did-there in-joke, or even a happy accident, which incidentally is as Rosalie also describes the title of the new album ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’, whose initials happen to spell out DMT. So yes, rock music as a whole is, and should, be, relieved right now, because none of this can be taken for granted. In fact, only a couple of years ago, Rosalie herself was expressing doubts in several interviews whether the band’s fantastic debut album, ‘The Circle And The Blue Door’, would ever have a successor.

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It’s always an interesting proposition to see how a band progresses from working with true, cult indie labels to working with multi-national major labels. How money can transform a pure idea into (potentially) a much bigger entity and consumerbased product; can an idea, a sound, an image transcend into the broader palette without being spoiled from its original form? Or does it really matter at all what label a band is on these days? Do you, the reader and listener, truly care if an artist releases music on an indie or via the corporate bigwig? It is all business, no matter who is controlling the purse strings. Why am I pondering this right now? I guess it’s because our cover stars this month are the mighty Purson. No stranger to these pages, it’s wonderful to see Purson really coming of age on their new album, the major label released ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’. It’s a great follow-up to their previous, indie released debut and really captures a band who mean business (again). Nothing has changed in that sense regardless of the label behind the band, and frankly, they were always going to end up on a Terrorizer cover because their music rocks and they thoroughly deserve the accolade. We hope you enjoy their latest story as much as we have enjoyed producing it. As always, the rest of this issue has been a joy to create and features some of the best bands in the extreme and underground metal scenes. Never enough pages as I’d like to write about every band myself and the team love, but it’s entirely flash-in-the-pan/fad-free and that’s the main thing, right?! See you next month! Darren Sadler, Editor