New York-based trip-hop act Puracane made an appearance at Bowery Electric on Thursday for a show that was part birthday celebration for one of the band members and part album release celebration for I’ve Been Here the Longest (out now on Astraea Records).

The band, fronted by singer and British expat Ali Rogers, delivered a pleasant mix of downtempo and danceable tunes, blending guitar, drums and organic percussion with electronic atmospherics and groovy, bass-driven melodies. At the start of the set, Rogers indicated that she was suffering from allergy/sinus problems but in spite of that, her vocal range and strong alto voice were still palpable as she belted out the notes, alternating between high and low, often within the same song. While the band’s sound is largely reminiscent of the early days of trip hop (Morcheeba, Lamb, and very early Sneaker Pimps), a little jazz and pop influence was also evident.


Puracane was formed in 1999 by Rogers and producer David Biegal, and has since has shared the stage with Depeche Mode, Duran Duran and Jane’s Addiction, to name a few. I’ve Been Here the Longest is the third full length, following 2006’s In Limbo: The Lost Puracane Sessions and the 2000 debut Things You Should Leave Alone. In addition to Rogers, the current line-up includes Juan Masotta on guitar, Chris Lee on bass, and Uke Gameiro on drums. Hannah Thiem (of Copal) joined the band onstage for a few songs, including the Middle Eastern-flavored “Watershed.”

The set also included the recent single “All Over Now,” as well as “God Can Make You Pay” and the mesmerizing “Daylight Again.” The trip-hoppers closed with the melancholic “You Should’ve Stayed,” which Rogers dedicated to friends who’d recently succumbed to cancer. –Teresa Sampson, Photos by Tear-n Tan

  1. Who took those great photo’s?


    Teresa Reply:


    The photos were done by Tear-n Tan. http://www.tearntan.com/


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