Boom is an album based on American history; that time being the 1950s following World War II. The title is based on an economic and industrial boom in the 50s and Purple Look Play tries to portray that time in the music. There is a song President Harry Truman, a 57 Chevrolet, The Jesters (a late 50s street gang) and songs that bring those influences to what is taking place present day in America. The song Boom, in fact covers characteristics of the United States starting in the 1950s and taking place present day. America is certainly not perfect, but it's still a great country; that’s what Boom is about.
The sound of 80s Rock, New Wave, Punk and Pop are combined together with lyrics understood by a wide generation of listeners.
At My Place sets the stage for an album of songs revealing fun and attitude. I Really Only Want to Know Your Name and Theme of the Surf Detective almost ended up on my first album: The Mating Dance; I went back and forth on that decision and believe they fit into this project fine. Similar to what I did on my first project and what I am sure will happen again is that I have a mix of songs on At My Place, some written years ago and others that are very recent compositions. There are a few songs on this compilation that have been played live and recorded previously. If you are able to tell what I took out of mothballs compared to new blueprints, please let me know. For the most part, At My Place is a group of songs laden with guitars and moving at a fast pace, but balance is good. Subject 709 moves when he decides to move and Every Time is slower paced and a nice way to end.
A mix of old school pop, rock, rhythm and blues.
There is a meaning behind the name Purple Look Play. Purple is an important color representative of ambition, independence and creativity. I am influenced by a wide range of musical genre: music from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, Motown, Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Punk, Pop, Synth.....and Country. In the future it will become obvious each Purple Look Play project has a different flavor; I will not be constrained by style boundaries often dictated by a record companies. Look is that 'lens' I use when writing and recording music; I have a way I view the world and I put a personal stamp on music recorded by Purple Look Play. Last and not least is the term Play. I credit my sister for that word, but in fact that is really what i do and what we do in Purple Look Play. A vital part of making music is playing instruments and singing, but playing also encompasses having fun, and that, is the main reason I make music.
Jay Banwell, founding member: W. Jay Banwell Music LLC and Purple Look Play