American trio PVRIS have done plenty to prove their worth over the last couple of years, with debut album White Noise making them complete and utter overnight sensations. The buzz has yet to wear off and quite rightly so, as they are now gearing up to release the follow-up record; All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell. To give fans a taste of what’s to come, PVRIS exclusively took to the stage at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London to perform for two nights in a row.
Live, the band are an unstoppable force of nature. It was no surprise that their set was mostly made up of their old album tracks, such as hit single ‘St Patrick‘ and ‘You and I‘, which featured on the deluxe version of White Noise. Always willing to switch things up, however, bassist Brian Macdonald and touring drummer Justin Nace left the stage for a short while. The remaining members, guitarist Alex Babinski and lead singer Lynn Gunn delivered stripped-down versions of fan favourite tracks, ‘White Noise‘ and ‘Ghosts‘. It was interesting, to say the least, and showed that PVRIS are more than capable of keeping fans on their toes.
Fans were eager to hear new material and were not disappointed. ‘Heaven‘ is the band’s latest single and is already critically acclaimed, so it was no shock when the dedicated fanbase sang along to every word when it was played during the encore. ‘Half‘ was the particularly special offering though, as those in the room for the first show in Shepherds Bush were the very first fans to hear it. During the second night there was no doubt a little more buzz thanks to fans attending multiple shows, and the performance served well to showcase the way in which PVRIS have evolved from their previous incarnation.
Closing the encore with ‘My House‘, a track that you’d seldom find a rock fan doesn’t know at least the chorus to, PVRIS presented themselves as stronger and slicker than ever, and ready to take on the world once more.