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by PurrBox

Imagine if The Go-Gos wanted to rock like Sonic Youth... after listening to a ton of Jane's Addiction. Okay, now listen to our song samples and let us know if you agree.
Genre: Rock: Punk-Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Do
3:36 $0.99
2. Fireman
4:03 $0.99
3. Burned
3:55 $0.99
4. Starstruck
3:26 $0.99
5. Something More
3:42 $0.99
6. Bill Frost
4:48 $0.99
7. Babydoll
3:49 $0.99
8. Make A Wish
3:18 $0.99
9. Punk Rock
2:59 $0.99
10. Last Picture Show
4:23 $0.99
11. Punk Rock (clean version)
2:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
The sound of PurrBox is filled with thick, tasty guitars and solid rhythms wrapped in sultry female vocals. There is a Punk rawness and there are Pop hooks, but the PurrBox foundation is a classic power trio with a modern edge.

Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, Miss Mellie began writing and performing along the Mississippi Delta at young age. Touching on everything from punk to blues, from rock to folk- Memphis proved to be an excellent breeding ground for her talent. Playing shows at night, giving tours of Graceland, the famed Elvis mansion by day... that's how Melanie passed her days. That is, until she packed her bags and headed North to Chicago searching for broader musical horizons.

Making the move to Chicago has proven to be a wise choice indeed, as that is where Miss Mellie and local rocker Johnny Million (guitar) have joined forces to create "PurrBox." With their combined songwriting talent, their songs are real: full of power, emotion, and honesty. Together with the percussive talent of drummer Larry Brown, PurrBox solidified in the Summer of 2001, and is quickly proving themselves as a Chicago band whose strength lies in their musical prowess. The proof is in the pudding as they say, and PurrBox definitely holds their own.

Having just completed their self-titled debut album, the band had the luxury of taking their time with the recording process. Thanks to "Johnny's 64-track kitchen studio" they also had all the coffee they could drink, as well as no budget worries hanging over their creative heads. In spite of this recording luxury, there is no slick production and scant few overdubs. The drum tracks were recorded in a separate studio in a matter of a few hours. This enabled PurrBox to keep it natural, thus capturing the energy of their live performance on record. PurrBox tracked, mixed, and mastered the entire project independently during 2001's chilly winter months.

With the CD due to release in June 1, 2002 on their own label, PurrBox is playing shows and giving away singles from the new album to generate interest in the forthcoming full-length CD. Witnessing is believing Miss Mellie and company's captivating live performance, as the on-stage chemistry between the members is immediately evident. Words are bound to understate the fire and magnetism Mellie exudes on stage.

Advance reviews of the CD are promising. Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times states: "PurrBox is a trio that recalls Veruca Salt at its poppy, punky best, singing infectious, energizing songs about unfaithful boyfriends and getting your first tattoo. Intoxicating stuff, and the group's debut is well-recorded with especially strong vocals."

Michael Bennett of www.Fufkin.com calls PurrBox a "vibrant rock machine [whose] music is sleek, crunchy, and catchy."

Tracks like "Burned" and "Make a Wish" have finally been realized after being live favorites, while "Starstruck" and "Punk Rock" arrive on the new album with strong radio potential.

The strength of PurrBox lies in the band's musical prowess. The fuel comes from their songs, full of substance. When so much new music out there today leaves us wanting more, PurrBox truly delivers.



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Carlos Alomar

What a delightful surprise...
What a delightful surprise. The production is excellent, vocals great, and out in front and a smokin' band. The shit Rocks. Well done and continued success. I'll be in touch. Carlos Alomar -- p.s. You can reach me at www.carlosalomar.com

Gail Worley - StarPolish.com

Melanie can sing, she looks hot and her band rocks. What's not to like?
The legacy of 80's New Wave is alive and kicking within Chicago's power pop trio, PurrBox. Fronted by vocalist/bassist Melanie (aka "Miss Mellie") PurrBox offer "Punk Rock"; a song that is so dead-on early Go-Go's, its unbelievable. It's the lost Go-Go's song! Even the song's lyrical subject -- the challenge of playing in a garage rock/punk band and trying to find a place to practice where the neighbors won't call the cops on you -- says late 70's/early 80's punk rock. I mean, it's hard to go wrong really. Melanie can sing, she looks hot and her band rocks. What's not to like? Also [on the CD] are "Fireman" -- with an impressively creative fat bassline -- and "I Do" featuring guitarist Johnny Million's memorable, Tom Petty-esque riffage. PurrBox are a band that would be fun to see play at a party, and they sure would keep you dancing. Plus, Chicago Sun Times rock critic, Jim DeRogatis, is a fan, so they must be doing something right.

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PurrBox could be described as fun, peppy, poppy with a punk edge.
PurrBox could be described as fun, peppy, poppy with a punk edge. Miss Mellie heads the group and her voice is a mix of Joan Jett, Siouxie Sioux and Belinda Carlisle. She's got a perfect voice for this kind of music. Strong and gutsy, but sweet and melodic too. This music could have been in an 80s movie if it had been written in time. That is not to say that it's stuck in the 80s. It still has a very here-and-now sound.

"Burned", and "Starstruck" remind me of the Eighties supergroup, The Go-Gos, but with a bit of a harder edge.

"I Do" is a sweet poppy love song with a great beat that makes me want to jump around.

"Fireman" was written the day after the Trade Center fiasco and is kind of an ode to those brave people, but at the same time it's a solid punk song.

This is a really fun record. Perfect summertime fare.


Meow! Meow! Meow!
A little bit of '70s punk, a dash of '80s New Wave, and a touch of the '90s Riot Grrl movement. That's the winning formula on PurrBox' debut CD. This disc is chock full of sweet melodies, crunching guitars, and sassy vocal performances. It all comes to a climax with "Punk Rock", a song that sums it all up in one line: "We're so f-ing cool!" Indeed!


Quality songs and PUNK attitude
A strong voice capable of softness as well as the punk snarling. Some high quality songs with a nod to previous decades. Calming in places and burtsing in energy elsewhere. A very good album that deserves a listen by anyone interested in quality songs and punk attitude.