Turbo Rules – In Memoriam

John “Turbo” Shatesky

01/25/1980 – 07/28/2023


PURSON have joined forces with Spinefarm Records for a worldwide deal that will see their second studio album, Desire’s Magic Theatre, released this autumn in the wake of a number of high-profile festivals and shows, including Download in the UK.


The UK outfit, whose music touches a variety of realms, including folk, prog, psychedelic, gothic and classic rock, blending other-worldly romance with shadowy foreboding are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to Desire’s Magic Theatre, which will be released under the Spinefarm/Machine Elf Records banner.


Says singer/guitarist/songwriter Rosalie Cunningham, “As I sit here in the control room at Gizzard Studios, the pride of East London, I’m excitedly realizing that our second album has turned out to be everything I’d imagined and more! My world has been so consumed by it that I’ve barely been able to reflect on what it has become: a technicolor variety show, a playful display of the musical whims only briefly hinted at in our previous work; a psychedelic rock opera dedicated to our good friends Sarge Pepper and Zig Stardust.”


She continues, “The twists in the tale have been carved out by the path we’ve taken over the last 12 months. It’s been constantly shape-shifting and developing with all the wonderful experiences we’ve had.On behalf of the band, I give thanks to everyone who has bought a PURSON record and been to our shows. Your continued support means everything… and you have our promise that the best is yet to come…”


Says Spinefarm Records General Manager UK, Dante Bonutto, “I’ve been following PURSON since the early days of their career, and I’ve always considered the band something special; I like their vision, their theatricality, and their refusal to be corralled by a single musical genre. PURSON really do have an expansive approach to their craft, and as a song-writer, Rosalie is a unique talent on the rise. In all ways, their future is bright, and I’m delighted that Spinefarm and PURSON have now forged this fresh alliance…”


PURSON are also thrilled to confirm an appearance at this year’s Download Festival, playing live on the hallowed ground of Donington Park for the first time.


The band-Cunningham, George Hudson (guitars), Justin Smith (bass), and Sam Shove (keyboards)- will once again meet up with KISS at Download, having opened for them on last year’s KISS Kruise.


PURSON also rounded off 2014 with a nomination in the “Limelight” category for new and emerging talent at the Classic Prog Awards. They also released the four-track In the Meantime EP, mastered by John Davis from Metropolis (Zeppelin, U2, Lana Del Rey) in November.


The EP, along with their acclaimed debut album, 2013’s The Circle and the Blue Door, saw their color-saturated tapestries of Black Sabbath and Beatles-tinged tales, evoking the sinister folkish English horror of the early ’70s, celebrated by the likes of Classic Rock, Mojo, BBC 6Music, BBC Radio1, Metal Hammer, XFM and Kerrang!.




“Named after the demonological Great King of Hell, PURSON conjure a heady, magikal concoction that recalls Deep Purple, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane and the anxious, mythological folk reckonings of Comus.” -Mojo Magazine


“Prog, psych and pop are just some of the ingredients stirred into the cauldron that is PURSON‘s striking debut album – Cunningham’s sense of drama brings gothic gravity to a raft of songs which, while catchy, are rooted in the doomier soil of rock’s garden.” -Classic Rock Magazine


“Their rootsy riffs and Rosalie’s dreamy solos and vocals are just as close to Sabbath’s original blueprint and influence as today’s heavyweights. It’s a magical mystery tour through the roots of heaviness, and it’s bloody fantastic. Do give them your attention.” -Classic Rock Presents Prog


“Even by the kaleidoscopic standards of their peers, there’s a potency to PURSON, a striking, irreducible otherness that suggests new, vivid standard bearers are upon us.” -Metal Hammer Magazine

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