MICHAEL PURKHISER’S 3-D Instrumental EP from Brother of Punk Legend Lux Interior Features Previously Unseen Lux Artwork
A quarter-century after its creation, the debut EP from 3-D – the solo project of Michael Purkhiser, younger brother of late The Cramps legend Lux Interior – will be released by MuSick Recordings on July 22, 2022.
Michael’s musical journey began with the countless vinyl albums strewn around the teenage Lux’s bedroom in mid-1960s Akron, Ohio. A naturally gifted guitarist and sound engineer, by the late ‘70s Michael’s band The Action was playing a parallel course to the nascent The Cramps. He even recorded the latter’s much-bootlegged Ohio Demos in his parents’ basement in 1978.
But Michael’s musical path was proudly his own. The Action was a power-pop trio whose three self-released singles remain sought-after collectors’ items. As well as repeatedly opening for The Cramps at NYC’s legendary CBGB’s, they shared stages with the likes of Joan Jett, Todd Rundgren, Marshall Crenshaw, and close friends The Smithereens. But a major label contract eluded The Action, which disbanded in 1984.
At the turn of the 1990s, Michael went solo, writing and recording with R.E.M./Smithereens producer Don Dixon. His sound was pop based, yet proudly in touch with his raw rock & roll roots. In 1997 he formed a studio project called 3-D – a name inspired by Lux’s love for 3-D photography. 3-D recorded around 30 of Michael’s songs at Akron’s Big Adventure Sound Studio, with Michael co-producing. Lux contributed original artwork for the record, featuring images of the 3-D cameras he collected, which has never previously been seen.
After a 20-year hiatus and a move to L.A., Michael resumed songwriting and fortuitously became friends with Art Bourasseau, owner of the MuSick Recordings label. In 2019, Art heard the shelved 3-D recordings and wanted to release the four original instrumentals from those sessions as an EP. Michael dubs 3-D’s style “surftrack” music, combining as it does the British background music for 1960s and ’70s movies and TV shows as well as classic true ‘60s surf sounds.
Incredibly, the spirited yet musically accomplished songs on the 3-D EP were written and recorded mostly same-day, with the goal of capturing true, visceral spontaneity. Michael’s guitar influences on the EP include Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Steve Cropper, and many more. Lux’s original album artwork has been adapted for the EP, which will also enjoy a UK release on the Trash Wax label.
Michael continues to record new music in his home studio, including working with one of his idols, Scott McCarl of power-pop pioneers The Raspberries. He is also a successful electronics design engineer, and the go-to sound engineer for Beatles tribute bands due to his singular expertise in recreating that sound, including hand building authentic period-replica amplifiers.