Pur:Pur are a duo from the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv: Nata Smirina and Yevgeny Zhebko. Not surprisingly, they are usually joined on stage by several colleagues. Most important among them at the moment are drummer Grigory Oleinik and bass player Ivan Senyuk. Two enduring or trademark aspects of the ensemble's style would be Smirina's guileless, if not girlish vocal stylings and Pur:Pur's overall penchant for acoustic performance.
For the same reason, Pur:Pur's free time between concerts is hardly a picture of glitz or glamor. Simple pleasures are the finest. "We like to see movies together, play board games, then go roller skating or biking. Sometimes we'll just go for a stroll and breathe the fresh air." At which point it bears mentioning yet again that group's name, as Western listeners may suspect, comes from the Latin (or English) term for "purity." That same term is deliberately used twice in a row.
Smirina adds: "Honesty and sensitivity are also essential. [In the same way,] our songs will only ever develop from the sincerest emotions. The most important thing of all is working with joy. You have to take pleasure from life... We spend our lives in search of some promised happiness, yet rarely understand that life itself is a priceless gift. It's a huge source of happiness in and of itself."
She ends with a turn of phrase often attributed to Confucius: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." It's that simple.