For a young band, the first album can be a bit of a curse.
While it’s great for a band to be praised right from the start, a great first album can be a bit of an albatross for a band; they can become hamstrung into sticking to one specific sound and style. It takes bravery to cast off that albatross and try something different, no matter what happens.
Pure X are such sorts of brave souls. The Austin-based indie rock band came out with their first album, Pleasure, in 2011, along with a sound and an aesthetic style that they could have easily been pigeonholed into for years. However, the band have taken steps with each album and tour to move farther away from their established sound, following their own muse instead of the outside perception of their music. With their third album, Angel, they’ve sought to shake things up a bit with clear, crisp, classic style that peels their layers of reverb and distortion away to let the songs take center stage.
As the band head out on a tour across the United States with fellow indie rockers Real Estate, we spoke to guitarist Jesse Jenkins about the band’s new sound, their shift in personnel, and the rigors of writing and performing on the road.