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If you haven’t heard of PVRIS these past couple of years, you’re either new to the scene or have been living under a rock.
Consisting of three members: Lynn Gunn, Alex Babinski and Brian MacDonald, PVRIS hail from Boston. The group formed back in 2012, formerly know as "Paris." Since, they have been on the rise to fame.
The group released their first EP, an acoustic self-titled EP, back in April of 2012, then signing to Rise/Velocity Records. They then released their ten track debut album entitled White Noise in November of 2014, initially putting them on the radar. With White Noise's insane success, the band released a deluxe version of the album in 2016, including three new tracks: “Empty," “You and I," and “You and I (Stripped)."
Throughout 2014-2016, PVRIS became one of the biggest names in the alternative scene, playing huge festivals such as the Vans Warped Tour, Reading & Leeds, Lollapolooza, and playing alongside bands such as Bring Me The Horizon, Sleeping With Sirens, Tonight Alive, Pierce The Veil, as well as headlining their own North American and European Tour in 2016.
Although PVRIS was in a comfortable position with White Noise and had been touring non-stop since the release of White Noise, they began to feel the pressure once people started talking about how PVRIS was going to pull off their sophomore album. They took time off nearing the end of 2016, continuing playing few shows, but by 2017 it was clarified that this new album was going to be one of 2017’s highly anticipated albums. In early 2017, they announced a huge tour with Muse and Thirty Seconds To Mars, as well as their hot new single, “Heaven." Throughout 2017, the band announced their headlining North American and European Tour for fall of 2017, as well as their album, All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell: release date, August 25th, 2017. Releasing four more songs from their second album, entitled “What’s Wrong," ”Half," "Anyone Else," and “Winter," they allowed listeners to interpret a very different approach on music than what PVRIS had presented with White Noise’s dark, paranormal, and rock tones.
Although similar to White Noise’s roots, All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell unlocked a new part of PVRIS’s talent and creative capability that listeners have never heard before. Lyrically, the album incorporates the same dark mood, using anatomy references and interpretations of the band’s reflection on the past couple of years on the road. Visually, the songs and scenes of their music videos incorporate Victorian-era visuals, allowing mysterious, dark, but captivating images.
'What’s Wrong'—PVRIS (Music Video)
PVRIS is now easily one of the biggest bands, having a massive amount of success with their new album, as well as announcing shows for 2018, including their own North American tour.
Not only is PVRIS highly respected for their music and show performance, but also for their constant support and activity within the LGBT+ community and organizations. During their recent headlining tour, they paired up with an organization called The Ally Coalition, donating a certain amount of ticket sales to the organization. Frontwoman Lynn Gunn, being gay herself, is an icon within the LGBT+ community, helping her fans and others come to terms and be comfortable with their sexuality. Every one of PVRIS’s shows and meet and greets are considered to be a safe space for their fans, physically and mentally.
If PVRIS still isn’t your favorite band by the end of this article, check out their music, or catch them on tour in 2018.