By Jaci Jedrych
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Washington, D.C.-native band Purple Hurt’s latest album is loud, in-your-face alternative punk.
The band formed in 2018, beneath a pair of purple velvet curtains in the now-drummer’s Columbia Heights apartment– hence the name. In addition to sending their fans into a frenzy in the biggest venues in the Washington, D.C. metro area, the group has released two singles and an album since their genesis. Their sound combines punk, screamo, and even jazz to create a fresh and vibrant soundscape.
Their 2020 album, Postcards from the Sun, demands a listen. Its pitted rhythms and strong melodies would inspire even the biggest normie to grab some spray paint and hop in a mosh pit. The biggest song off the album, “Free,” combines deft instrumentation with clean vocals. Along with the album, the band released a short film also entitled “Postcards from the Sun.”
Recently, Purple Hurt relocated to Brooklyn, New York to further develop the sound of their upcoming project, Cyclicity.
Fans of WILLOW or SEB should check out the music of Purple Hurt.
Jaci Jedrych is a World Politics student at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She loves going to concerts and exploring different genres, and has a passion for arts and news writing.
When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.