To hear Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman tell it, their Portland, Oregon based duo Pure Bathing Culture has always evolved naturally and at a steady pace. The roots of Pure Bathing Culture stretch back to 1999, when Versprille and Hindman befriended one another on the first day of freshman orientation at William Patterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. A decade later, they became bandmates when they both joined Vetiver for their Sub-Pop albums Tight Knit and The Errant Charm. It was while playing in Vetiver that Pure Bathing Culture emerged as its own entity.
Richard Swift produced the band’s first EP Moon Tides at his National Freedom studio in 2013. From there, PBC evolved from simply being the product of Versprille and Hindman writing songs in their own home to hitting the road as a full touring band. Their follow up to Mood Tides led to producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Swans, Angel Olsen, The Walkmen) who invited them to come record with him in Dallas. Pray for Rain was released in 2015.