Live. Pvris April 16th 2015. The Barfly, London

PVRIS’s Lynn Gunn is being touted as the next idol of the alternative scene but taking the stage at their first headline show outside of the US, she proves people wrong on two counts. From the first assured snap of ‘Smoke’ PVRIS grab the attention of every person in the capacity Barfly and don’t let go for the duration.

Stripping away the nuanced whispers that haunt their debut ‘White Noise’ and replacing them with an urgent cry, PVRIS are a more direct beast on stage. ‘Mirrors’ becomes a thundering call to the dusk while ‘Fire’ flickers with determination. A stripped back ‘Eyelids’ loses none of its stunning beauty; instead the delicacy is amplified through darting eye contact.

The stop-start then abandoned ‘Let Them In’ refuses to hamper either pace or atmosphere but it’s the closing triptych that sees PVRIS at their glorious best. Title track ‘White Noise’ rages with arms-aloft euphoria and shuddering strobes that fall into the skipping crunch of ‘St. Patrick’, all jagged pain and desperate thanks. A thunderous ‘My House’ draws the evenings triumphs to a close, “We don’t know anymore songs,” they admit when faced with the roaring demand for more.

Charming and magnetic, PVRIS cut an impressive shape on stage. There’s a special chemistry in the three-pronged attack of Lynn, Brian and Alex, switching between instruments with skilled abandon and exchanging glances with a twinkle. While Lynn leads the charge with a superb vocal display, hitting dizzy heights with ease and crackling with passion, it’s accented, challenged and ultimately lifted by the playful and vital stomp of Brian and Alex.

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment that PVRIS’ show at The Barfly transcends into something special but that first full-bodied encounter shows the capital an assured, magical band. There’s no need to hedge your bets; PVRIS are already stars.


~ by justdip on 22/04/2015.

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