Just before Purity Ring was scheduled to go on, rain returned to Zilker after a brief appearance this morning. The wet weather led to a false start when the sound came to a sudden crackling halt less than a minute after the Canadian duo took to the stage. While the sound suffered temporarily due to the water, the weather enhanced the light show. The rainy haze glistened from the strobing and spinning multi-colored lights behind the band.
Frontwoman Megan James' echo-laden vocals — chopped and screwed and auto-tuned — and Corin Roddick's beats, which broke and stuttered more than in past shows, made for a witchy set of menacing but innocent electronic pop.
On stage, the band sported a similar setup to the one they've been touring with — swinging paper lanterns blowing in the wind, alien pods pulsing with the beat, and Roddick's custom sound pad that lights up when struck. In the crowd, fans gathered under plastic ponchos and umbrellas typing on phones and lighting cigarettes. (So much for those "no smoking" signs plastered around the park.)
Purity Ring's setlist touched on their singles, including "Belispeak," "Odebear," "Loftcries," and what James calls their only cover, "Grammy" by Soulja Boy. The band closed with "Fineshrine."