Concert Review: PVRIS

PVRIS is an Alternative rock band from Lowell, Massachusetts. I’ve seen PVRIS perform in 2014 when they opened for Mayday Parade on the Honeymoon Tour and again in 2015 at Vans Warped Tour. Let me just say, Lyndsey Gunnulfsen aka Lynn Gunn has an outstanding voice. She has such an amazing range and tone. She uses a rasp and whisper to truly identify with a certain feeling.

PVRIS’ last album, White Noise was released on November 4, 2014. They released a deluxe edition to the album this year featuring the songs “You and I” and “Empty.” PVRIS also has a stripped version of “You and I” on the album. If you get the chance, I hope you check those songs out. You know when you listen through an album and you get that one song you’re not the biggest fan of? Well, White Noise is not one of those albums. Each song is so unique from the one prior and displays the ability that Lynn, Alex Babinski and Brian MacDonald have as a group.

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I had the privilege to see PVRIS perform on Wednesday night at Webster Hall in New York City. Their 2016 US Tour began on May 11th in Nashville, TN and ends June 10th in Boston, MA. Nine of their shows out of the 25 were sold out.

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Photo Courtney of PVRIS’ twitter @thisisPVRIS

The setlist was:
1. Smoke
2. Mirrors
3. St. Patrick
4. White Noise
5. Holy
6. Only Love
7. Ghosts
8. Fire
9. Eyelids
10. Let Them In
*Encore
11. You and I
12. My House

Even though the setlist was shorter than most, PVRIS really connects with their fans. They had their fans sing back a lot of the lyrics to their songs. Lynn was saying that everyone should live in the moment and put their phones away before starting “Holy.”

The crowd was insane. Obviously, the NYC show was sold out, which is one of the reasons why it was so lively in the venue. Regardless of the capacity being maximum at 1500 in the Grand Ballroom, the crowd sang back every lyric. So many fans were recording the songs on their cell phones. The song that truly stood out was “Ghosts.” “Ghosts” was stripped down with a slower tempo and Lynn’s crisp voice traveled from the microphone to ever listener in the venue. It was very intimate.

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I have no idea how this is PVRIS’ first headlining US tour. They’re such a dedicated and hard working group. PVRIS has dominated the music scene since their release of White Noise and their journey is far from over.

PVRIS is nominated for two awards at the Alternative Press Music Awards that will be held on July 18, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. PVRIS is nominated for “Most Dedicated Fanbase” presented by Fearless Records and “Artists of The Year” presented by Monster Energy. Lynn Gunn will be performing at the APMAs as well. If you haven’t yet, check out their album White Noise and vote for them.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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