For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview 2012 plans for a Chicago talent or tastemaker. Today: Purple Apple!
Chicago pop-rock group Purple Apple have been working on new songs since the release of their 2010 EP, Sweet Wolverine. The band – comprised of a trio of 14-year-old girls alongside their babysitter, herself in her twenties - have already attained the honor of being the youngest act to ever headline the Metro. Now, Purple Apple’s lead singer and guitarist Olivia Eigel tells CVU what’s on deck for the young band, as they look towards their next release.
“We’ve been writing and recording over the last four months so the new EP should be ready to release in the first half of 2012,” Eigel says. “The new stuff is really cool. A good mix of indie rock-strong guitars, interesting keys and dance pop. As we’ve gotten older, our music has matured, so have our lyrics. From 10-14 years old makes for a much different sound. I don’t like to compare us to other bands as far as our sound - we do our own thing. Of course we have influences but we don’t try to be anything. We just write and play.”
Though the group is looking at an EP release, Eigel reveals things could still go in a different direction, stating “There’s a lot of great material. LP, EP…not sure which yet.” The work’s title and release date are also still to be determined, with Eigel offering “Have you worked with four girls before?” as an explanation.
What is certain is the young band’s ambition. “We would LOVE to tour this summer or fall,” Eigel proclaims. “Lollapalooza would be a blast to play this summer, too. We have a great gig at the Double Door in the spring – it’s a fundraiser for Trio Animal Foundation. We’ll play throughout the year in the city. That’s a lot of fun. We’re ready for whatever is put in our direction.”
Find the group performing their song “Shut The Door” on Windy City Live below, followed by the band’s EPK. And watch for more on Purple Apple right here at CVU.