A Purple and Green show is exactly that—a performance, an act. The guys know how to entertain, how to work a crowd by turning just the right knob or hitting just the right sexy note for just the right amount of time to get the crowd hyped. Adam Forkner and Justin Leon Johnson met after Johnson crashed a street performance by Rob Walmart, one of Forkner’s other bands, and a new group emerged—one that sounds like a dubstep Boys II Men fronted by R. Kelly singing Britney Spears-style lyrics. This synth science, constructed to be both slippery and danceable, is something the discerning Portland dance fan should not miss. At the last show I attended, Mr. Green gracefully air-humped the stage in nothing but booty shorts and a silky emerald sarong.
“a dubstep boys ii men fronted by r. kelly singing britney spears-style lyrics”….nice!
. As enigmatic lead singer Justin Johnson’s glitter-painted body began to move about the stage, interacting with the crowd and belting out some of the most impressive male vocals I’ve ever heard on a disco track, you could tell that the fans were here to move. And move they would. Three tracks into the band’s nearly hour-long set, one, ten, then about thirty raving crowd members jumped onto the stage to join the band. The dynamic between the stage and the rest of the crowd was now rather interesting, as all of people who were dancing left the floor for the elevated platform, and Johnson used the extra real estate to his advantage. With producer Adam Forkner buried behind a dozen different tween couple making out, Johnson roamed the crowd, leading the audience in various chants and dances.
cool review of our show with Dan Deacon & Jason Urick a few weeks ago!
I was standing in front of the bar at Holocene when Purple & Green’s Justin “jGreeN” Johnson comes up to me full of energy and introduces himself. He leads me out the door of the club and across the street to a fairly large, yet rather empty building. Waiting inside the room is a large green inflatable bouncy castle. After a few minutes bouncing we sit down (inside the green bouncy castle) and he and bandmate Adam Forkner explain the philosophy behind their music. “I want music to be provocative and not just a statement,” explains Adam “I want it to draw you in. We both came from a different musical perspective. And coming together there’s a culture clash. And in that clash not everything is going to sit pretty. But that’s where it’s exciting and interesting. Good art and music is a conversation between many influences that don’t necessarily have to resolve.
We’re bringing elements of experimental into party music with unexpected pop and funk and weird synth solos and it’s not surprising that people like it. There is a lot of folk and indie rock in Portland so this is exciting for people because it’s a fresh look for the city. There is not a lot of black music in this town.
There’s one thing that makes P&G different: sex. This is sex music — no two ways about it. Singer Justin “J-Green” Johnson is a shameless front-man onstage and in the band’s videos. In “Human Nature,” Johnson — in crotch-clinging green jeans — dances for the camera in a vacant alley, his voice oozing Tevin Campbell and Earth, Wind and Fire.
nice write up for our show in spokane!