Former Purson singer Rosalie Cunningham seeks new bandmates to help her complete “a couple of albums worth of material”
Former Purson vocalist Rosalie Cunningham has revealed her plans for the future.
She announced in April last year that Purson had split, saying at the time that the band had “gone as far as it could go.”
Now she’s checked in to say that she has an abundance of new material written and is now seeking a band to bring everything together.
Cunningham says: “2017 was a struggle for me in many ways, but I can see now that they were necessary evils. I’ve come out the other side older, wiser and stronger.
“After the break up of Purson and then a series of continuous confidence blows at my most vulnerable, I spent most the year avoiding music. I was still writing – in secret – and have somehow amassed a couple of albums worth of material, some of which are by far the best songs I’ve written.
“My plan was to lock myself away and record ‘McCartney 1′ style – playing all instruments, producing, mixing etc, but to be honest, it’s a lonely process sometimes. I met some truly amazing friends and musicians in 2017 and it’s made me very grateful for the people around me and how they inspire me.”
Cunningham says the new material is “not a million miles away” from Purson’s sound and that the new-look band will be “a vehicle for my songs and go under my name – or with and ‘and the somethings’ – but I’m looking for kindred spirits, exceptional talent and excitement.”
She continues: “It has to be a band where the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. If you are into my Purson material, it’s not a million miles away but it’s more mature. More about honest, powerful songwriting and less about the bells and whistles. Not to say that there won’t still be generous helpings of psychedelia.”
Cunningham reports that she’s not just looking for a guitarist, bassist, keyboardist and drummer, and adds that she’s “open to any new textures.”
She continues: “I’m hearing strings on a lot of the new stuff… brass, woodwind too.”
Not long after this was shared on the bands Facebook page, a show clip was shared into a fan group which Rosalie is a very active member, the clip (see below) shows her playing around with some demos.
Rosalie Cunningham (born 25 April 1990) is an English singer-songwriter, born in Southend-on-Sea, and started her first commercial band Ipso Facto in 2007, releasing the singles “Harmonise” / “Balderdash” (Disc Error) in October 2007,”Ears And Eyes” (PureGroove) in August 2008, “Six And Three Quarters” / “Circle Of Fifths” in October 2008. These were followed by IF… a Vinyl Junkie release in February 2009. All their songs were written by Cunningham.
Ipso Facto broke up midway through 2009. Since that time, she has been touring, composing and recording material with Purson.
Cunningham has also been working with other bands such as Magazine and The Last Shadow Puppets (though referred to as Rosie Cunningham) as a backing vocalist, appearing on stage with them on their recent tours, at the BBC Electric Proms and on Later… with Jools Holland. She also played keyboards from January to May 2010 with These New Puritans on their tours of the album, Hidden.
In 2012, Cunningham played guitar with Willy Moon, as the support act for Jack White’s UK tour. She also contributed back vocals to Cathedral’s final album, The Last Spire, which was released in 2013.