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Local duo Purejoypeople find balance on its new album

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After putting out EPs and singles, the duo of Rob Hau and Pure Joy—better known as Purejoypeople—plan on further spreading its brand of cheer by releasing its first full-length album, Octopus Woman. We caught up with the two ahead of their album-release show.

Your releases have unique names. How did the name for this album come about?

PJ: I had this dream about an octopus woman. From that dream I wrote the song “Octopus Woman.” We wrote around that. We do dabble in different genres so we think of ourselves as an octopus with all these different tentacles.

How would you describe your sound?

PJ: We like to call it rock ‘n’ soul. We definitely have roots in the rock genre, but [it’s] soul­—it’s not R&B or anything like that—because we put our passion and our hearts into it.

RH: Indie rock is what this album is most like.

Is it difficult being a couple onstage and off? If you have a fight professionally, does it bleed over to the personal side and vice-versa?

PJ: I’ll write a song about it.

RH: There’s a song on the album called “Kaleidoscope” that is pretty much about her wanting to kill me.

PJ: But in a positive way.

RH: It’s a balance, but we’ve learned to deal with this. I think we pride ourselves with being a little special because we can do all of this.

PUREJOYPEOPLE with Leather Bound Crooks, Lowercase Committee. March 30, 8 p.m., $7. Bunkhouse Saloon, 702-982-1764.

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