Walking into the Boulder Theater, the scent of countless majestic performances wafts through the air as potently as the sounds coming from on stage. The walls are elegantly adorned with stunning, color rich murals, and the three-sided bar welcomes you with your favorite reasonably priced beer. To some, this feels like heaven on a Tuesday night.
Two of those people include Megan and Corin of the electronic sound wave that is Purity Ring. The duo threw an impressive slew of tunes around, provoking many a sensual dance move from the filled out theater. Vibrant shades of hair colors waved back in forth in the rainbow sea of the pit, reaching out to the gloved hand of the front songstress in her white, shoulder-padded, two-piece suit.
Before the duo hung up their floor to ceiling light décor, the opening act of the tour, artist HANA, took to the stage. Kicking things off after 8 PM, the purple-haired crooner grooved and sang along to her live self produced jams. A simple set of funky-colored lights and umbrellas, her spectacular vocals caused no need for theatrics.
Having come fresh off an early summer tour opening for Grimes, it is safe to say this act will be headlining her own grand tour soon. With songs on iTunes and Spotify, including “Clay” and “Avalanche,” you can see for yourself what MTV and Nylon Magazine are fan girling over. Once a full set had been distributed to the horde of patrons already swaying in their spots for the evening, HANA made her way to the merch table to make friends.
Around 9:30 the main act of the tour made jaunt up to the stage, the duo in matching white ensembles. While snaking through the stringed lights, the entrancing female vocals guided the many fanatics as they belted the words along. “Stranger Than Earth” got the night moving, followed by “Heartsigh” and “Repetition.” As things really took off, the iconic drums lit up with every smack met by the sticks held by Corin, creating a mesmerizing light show that danced on the backdrop, walls and ceiling.
“Obedear” blasted out, accompanied by the magnificent choreographic synergy of the lights dangling on the sides of the performers. Judging by the crowd reaction, most fans new what was coming production-wise and it proved to be a widely cherished favorite. With beams of light saturating the horizon that is the stage, our main lady swooped around, belting “Push Pull” and “Crawlers Out.”
It is easy to see that these two take the visual aspect of their performance as seriously as the audible one, which was showcased especially when Megan jumped up behind Corin, the drummer, during a track to bang a lit up drum hanging over his head.
Once the set list had been spent, there was no time wasted with an encore. “I know a lot of you expect it, and I know a lot of bands do it these days, but I am not doing it,”She assured. “This is the last song.” No one could accuse this wild artiste a liar, as once “Begin Again” ended, she jumped up and down with glee at the ravenous applause and the twosome walked off stage, not to return again. With that, the Boulderites shimmied out onto the famed Pearl Street, and let the excitement flow through them, as this was only the first of a two night run, and many were bound to find themselves making The Boulder their domicile for a Wednesday night as well.