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PVRIS: A year of ‘White Noise’

Sometimes a debut album will change everything. From Arctic Monkeys to Guns n Roses, Panic! At The Disco to Black Sabbath, they capture a shift in the world around them yet the music remains timeless. One year on from the release of PVRIS’ ‘White Noise’ and it’s clear that this too is an album that won’t fade with time.

Yup, 365 days ago PVRIS unleashed their debut album into the world. Initially met with inquisitive looks and warm approval, it began to snowball, pulling people in to the electronic haze. Twelve months later, the cyclone that PVRIS have created is still raging.

There’s a good reason for the continuing storm. From the live shows to the album itself, PVRIS sound excited. No one’s trying to be cool. No one’s pretending. From the solitary rumble that opens ’Smoke’, the band slowly build. The electro-infused daydream, the swaggering bass, the razor vocals, one by one they swell into focus. Within twenty-two seconds, PVRIS announce their arrival. We all know it doesn’t stop there though.

St. Patrick’ hits with shadowy euphoria, one ‘drop’ away from being a Ministry of Sound banger. ‘My House’ is a triumphant victory of self, all bristling tension and cathartic venture, which falls straight into the wide-eyed snarl of ‘Holy’. Across the ten tracks of ‘White Noise’, PVRIS create a fully-realised world that, one year and countless visits later, still offers comfort, surprise and discovery.

Lynn Gunn is adamant that, “nothing would have happened if we hadn’t put the record out,” but once out there, PVRIS could only try and keep up. Over the past twelve months they’ve played the entirety of the Vans Warped Tour, swiftly getting bumped up to the main stage. They’ve stolen the show at both Slam Dunk and Reading & Leeds, and supported the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, Pierce The Veil, Mallory Knox, Sleeping With Sirens, Lower Than Atlantis and…basically they’ve toured loads.

The scary thing is that this climb that PVRIS are in (“it feels like our bones are growing faster than our skin”) isn’t slowing down. The band still have a European tour with Bring Me The Horizon and a US tour with Fall Out Boy on the cards. Then there’s the small matter of their recently announced headline run for April 2016, a stint they’ve dubbed “The White Noise Tour”. Within 5 hours of the UK leg going on sale, PVRIS were forced to upgrade venues. 5 days later, almost every ticket has already gone. This isn’t hype, this is sustained momentum.

The question of ‘what’s next?’ has been tossed about relentlessly since the release of ‘White Noise’. Every answer has come back the same. PVRIS smirk as they assure us that they’re working on it but remain tight-lipped as to the details. With practically any other band there’d be fears – worries that with a debut as monumental as ‘White Noise’, PVRIS had lucked out. They’d exhausted their creative mines. Lightning doesn’t strike twice.

PVRIS seem special though. There’s something in that smirk that tells us that what comes next is going to be brilliant. Either that, or the fact that they’ve have been progressively getting better at what they do.

The spark that flashes across ‘White Noise’ – in the roar at the heart of ‘Let Them In’, the refrain of ‘Mirrors’, the pause for breath during the title track – has become more charged as the months go on. A headline show at London’s Barfly earlier this year was charming and spectacular, but there was something electric in the air for their showing at Reading Festival. This is a band who came out strong and are getting stronger.

PVRIS went in to the recording of ‘White Noise’ wanting to create art. They wanted to make something that could inspire others and they believed they could become one of the biggest bands in the world. One year later, no one’s doubting them.