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Purple Tree is a retro rock band performing original songs in the New York and Chicago area. Their latest CD release is entitled 'the Final Prophecy', and contains popular songs such as 'Got to be Free', 'Happiness the Ending Day', and 'Capsule' to name a few. Listeners can visit for free music and video downloads. Many Chicago-Land locals remember the band from their powerful psychedelic concept album 'Plasticine Man', but digging deeper we begin to learn more about the Purple tree project...
Why this name?
The name "Purple Tree" represents psychedelic thought and the growing of ideas. It was originally taken from one of our songs 'Purple Tree' found on an earlier project we released 'Plasticine Man'. We did a survey recently on MySpace to see what our listeners thought of our band name. The response was really positive.
Do you play live?
The Purple Tree Project plays live around New York City, and the Chicago area. Although we enjoy playing live, we usually reserve spring and summer for our performance slots. Bringing our music to the people is fulfilling on a whole new level to us. Getting the crowd dazzled is our specialty. As far as special moments you can usually expect to see David break out his accordion, as the band will start to improvise. There are some good examples of this on our YouTube page.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
The Internet and the MP3 has dramatically changed the music industry by giving an artist strength to deliver music to a listener. It used to be necessary to tour and get positive press and the likes just to sell some albums. Now search engines drive the traffic, and websites replace music stores. To me this eliminates the need for record labels and saves costs on CD printing.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
I would most likely still sign a record contract with a major label if the benefits were sound. It could eliminate a large amount of work from my plate and allow us to tour.
Band History:
David Perry (Singer/Songwriter for Purple Tree) originally concocted a unique album based upon a troubled man from an alternate dimension who gets stuck in our world and whose story we learn through "flashback" songs after his death by suicide. This was the project that spawned the birth of the rock band ‘Purple Tree’.
Although Perry's abstract 17-song concept CD, "Plasticine Man," first came together as a solo project in early 2001, it quickly became a crowd favorite as performed by the newly formed ‘Purple Tree’.

Born the son of a classical accordion teacher and a professional touring musician, it would seem that music was in Perry's genes and with the training of his mother, Perry began playing accordion at age 3 and by the time he was 12, had competed in dozens of competitions for which earned more than 50 trophies. Although he still pulls out the accordion on stage for a pair of songs from "Plasticine Man," his fascination with the instrument was displaced by the piano at age 14.
"That's when I discovered Jerry Lee Lewis and started playing piano," he said, noting his desire to learn guitar did not set well with his mom, so he settled for piano.
"I really, really got into the Beatles and John Lennon a lot about that time and Pink Floyd, too. Those are my biggest influences."
Perry has since learned guitar and plays rhythm to Boilek's lead in the group on many songs.
While the Floyd elements of his youth fancy came out in "Plasticine Man," his Beatles roots emerged earlier in the self-titled solo CD he recorded in the late ‘90s. "That first CD was just old-fashioned rock ‘n' roll," he reflected, "with some rockabilly and a lot of Beatles-like songs." Both of his CDs feature songs that were written exclusively by Perry.

The original line up of 'Purple Tree' consisted of David Perry, Jeremy Boilek, Steve DeLassus, and Mark Miller. Along with ‘Plasticine Man’, the band has recorded several live disks, and video tapes presenting the unique originality encapsulated within ‘Purple Tree’.

Most recently David has released the concept album 'the Final Prophecy' about a man whom some believe to be schizophrenic. His apparitions heed warning and prophecy about "the Ending Days". Is he really crazy, is it just a dream? Listen for yourself. The story is told in the background of this psychedelic trip layered with vintage keyboards and high fidelity tracks. The CD was written, arranged, produced, and complied by David using drum tracks recorded by Chuck Kawal at Studio Chicago and New tracks recorded by David at the Purple Tree House.
Your influences?
Purple Tree’s Music has been influenced by Pink Floyd, and the Beatles a great deal! Our other influences include Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Black Sabbath, King Crimson, Jellyfish, Phish, Grateful Dead, Galactic, Alan Parsons Project, Julian Lennon.
Favorite spot?
New York City is a great place to play gigs. It is the most exciting city we've played and the crowd loves us there. However Chicago is by far my favorite city. It's our home, more or less.
Equipment used:
Farfisa Compact Duo, Juno 60, Fender Rhodes, Hammond, Yamaha YC45D, Roland XP series, Epiphone Casino to name a few.
Anything else...?
Thank you for listening to Purple Tree! If you like Pink Floyd or the Beatles you will most likely enjoy our music. We don't charge for MP3 downloads so spread the word.