Purity Ring’s Megan James says her body has never been safe in this world – Dallas Observer | Start Classified

Most of the time there is a specific protocol when interviewing an artist over the phone. Publicists sometimes connect the interviewing journalist before apologizing to let the conversation begin. From there, the journalist will typically throw a Smalltalk softball in the artist’s direction to break the ice before addressing questions about the album or tour the artist is promoting.

I’ve done many of these interviews, so I know the drill, but just days after the Supreme Court’s recent decision, Roe v. Toppling Wade and ending decades of abortion rights doesn’t cost me a lot to deviate a little from the unspoken rules.

Starting my conversation with Megan James of synth-pop powerhouse Purity Ring ahead of their July 16 show at the Factory in Deep Ellum, the singer says the band “has a day off between shows in Washington, DC.” .

That’s all I need to forget my questions gravesthe outstanding new EP James and bandmate Corin Roddick have just released on their own record label, The Fellowship, or the oddities and intricacies of touring in the age of COVID.

After excitedly asking, “So how’s it going in DC right now? Can you tell how messed up it is up there?” James says she hasn’t been out much but will see more of the city later in the day. I’m trying to pull the interview back onto a more straightforward track.

“I want to apologize to you for basically just saying, ‘Hey, everything is awful, now tell me what you think about it,'” I offer. Luckily James understands.

“There’s no need to apologize,” she says. “It’s all relevant. It’s bad, it’s really bad, and it’s really scary for a lot of people. I’ve talked about it a lot and I’ve told people to stock up [progesterone blocker] mifepristone and misoprostol because they will become increasingly difficult to obtain in the future. There is censorship on the internet regarding how and where to get them. People need to have them for family and friends, and those people will need support, so donations to NNAF (National Network of Abortion Funds) are also required.”

James has a unique perspective on this decision and the direction the US appears to be taking politically. She was born and raised in Canada, where she lived until moving to Los Angeles a few years ago. Canada has no criminal law restrictions on abortion, and it is also covered by the country’s single-payer health insurance plan. For James, abortion rights are not a legal issue, but a human one.

“I’m by no means a political specialist, but I definitely have a womb,” she says. “We all know people who have needed an abortion or been in life and death situations. I definitely have a lot of feelings about it and I’ll keep talking about it, and that topic has really become a part of the tour for me.”

This is the first time James and Roddick have taken to the streets since 2017 thanks to the pandemic. The band has grown enormously musically over the past half decade, as not only proves gravesbut to 2020 in full uterus Album. Two years before the judgment of the Supreme Court, by the way pitchfork described uterus in a glowing review, conveys a sense that the album should prepare listeners for what is happening to American women now.

“What I bring to the band is this form of femininity, how I create metaphors and how I think about the world through my body. My body has never been safe in this world and I feel that all the time.” – Megan James

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“Throughout these 10 sparkling synth-pop tracks, Purity Ring experiment with a conceptual coming-of-age narrative,” reads the review. “In each song we meet a young woman, feel her burgeoning passion and sacred shame, and cast our eyes to the horizon as clouds gather and lightning bolts. We’re afraid for her. We wonder if she will weather the storm or be swept away by it.”

Such fluid timeline relevance isn’t just found on uterus. James has found that some of Purity Ring’s songs, dating back to the band’s early days a decade ago, are as relevant today as they were when they were written. She even cites “Belispeak,” a haunting track from 2012 shrines who look at the often complex mother-child relationship, which is still more than relevant today.

“We’re playing songs from all three albums and the EP on this tour,” she says. “The night Roe v. Wade, I felt like each of the songs we played was very relevant to the theme. What I bring to the band is this form of femininity, how I create metaphors and how I think about the world through my body. My body has never been safe in this world and I feel that all the time. My thoughts and feelings are the common thread that runs through all the songs I write.”

James says the Deep Ellum factory is one of the two stops she was most looking forward to when this tour was planned. During the 2015 Purity Ring Show at what was then the Bomb Factory, James told the crowd that it might have been the greatest show they had ever played.

That reminder lightens things up a bit, and the conversation shifts to how songs can mean different things to different people at different times, and how helpful that is when going through difficult times. But real life and real problems await once we’ve hung up and James knows.

“I mean,” she says. “Not all hope is lost, but… shit.”

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