Friday, 27 April 2012


Pure Bathing Culture are set to release their new e.p on, 22nd May and their heavenly sounds are highly anticipated. Daniel Hindman and Sarah Versprille are also part of one of my favorite bands, Vetiver and so it's really intriguing to see what other directions Pure Bathing Culture can go in. Stunning tracks from the Portland duo.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?
We're in Portland, OR and we're working on writing and demo-ing new music.

Could you give a brief Pure Bathing Culture history?
The project evolved really organically for us. We began to collaborate on songs in 2009 while we were still living in Brooklyn, NY. We played our early demos for Richard Swift and he encouraged us to take the project more seriously and invited us to record with him in Oregon. Along with various other circumstances, that led us towards a full-on move to the West Coast in 2011. We played our first show in January 2012.

Who did you grow up listening to?
Sarah- A lot of jazz and R&B and pop-country from the 50's and 60's.
Daniel- A lot of pop and motown music from the 60's and a lot of contemporary 80's and 90's music.

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've worked on.
We're working on finishing 2 or 3 new songs right now. We've been feeling pretty turned on by embracing the limitations of our live context, which is a pretty stripped down presentation. It's been leading us to write things that are a little bit more minimalistic. The lyrics to one of our most recent songs deal with a person's dissatisfaction with not being where they want to be and how that can lead to inner negativity and how if you're not careful, it will ruin you.

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?
This is an interesting question because we're often labeled as being the perfect music for a sunny day at the beach. We're happy that people are enjoying our music, but sometimes it's funny to us because the subjects of the songs we write are more often than not, a little bit strange and dark. All of the lyrics on our EP deal with death, love, obsession, judgement, integrity and transformation. Maybe the strangest song we've written so far is the last song on our EP, 'Gainesville' which is about the death of a close friend who died in a motorcycle accident in Peru.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
Anywhere, anytime, really. We really hope our music would be something interesting for people to listen to beyond just being some type of ambient, background party music.

What other artists are you into at the moment?
The Blue Nile, Annie Lennox, Prefab Sprout, Durutti Column, Fleetwood Mac.

Where would you love to tour?
We'd love to tour anywhere people were interested in hearing us play live.

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?
We're thrilled to be working on a music video for 'Ivory Coast' with Sean Pecknold which should be finished early this summer. Our EP will be released in May and we'll be playing live shows in support of it.