An hour before doors, and thee hours before PVRIS leader Lynn Gunn is to take the stage, the faithful diehards are lined up around the corner, outside the Music Hall of Williamsburg’s sold out walls. The perfect chilly Summer night for a rocking and raucous rawk show.
While the building was dim, the dark-beat vocals of Gunn and the ever-evolving dreamy electronica sound of PVRIS provided enough illumination for the audience to jam out through a over an hour of fun, catchy, pop/electronic/dark synth songs.
The set began with Mirrors from their 2014 “White Noise” before heading straight into their newer material, the song Hallucinations from their upcoming as-of-yet-untitled Warner Records EP, releasing October 25. The setlist alternated between cuts from “White Noise, with songs such as Fire, Smoke, Holy, and Eyelids, and tracks from their 2017 followup album “All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell”, with songs Anyone Else, Half, Heaven, Winter, and What’s Wrong.
The 2019 song Death of Me, also off the forthcoming EP and released this past July, closed the pre-encores portion of the show. The new catchy pop sing along single was already a crowd favorite as Gunn walked around the venue’s balcony during the track’s infectious chorus.
The group returned for a 2 song encore, the first two tracks from their debut, St. Patrick and My House. The rapid, jam packed, sweaty from jumping and dancing all night crowd ate up every word and beat as Gunn closed the show and sent everyone home happy.
The Brooklyn show closed a small, 8-date tour of smaller venues, after a year of recording new music. They have a few UK dates announced for 2020, and will undoubtedly have more news about their October 25th EP coming up soon.
The group showed a complex sound, still evolving and growing, as evidenced by the way they sewed their setlist with threads of each of their major releases. The future looks, and more importantly, sounds bright for this dark wave pop dream band.