One of the coolest things about attending festivals like Warped Tour is that it gives you the opportunity to discover new music you’ve never heard before. Whether it’s local bands that have won Battle of the Bands to perform on the Ernie Ball Stage or bigger bands that you’ve just never taken the time to listen to, festivals — especially Warped Tour — give you the chance to catch them all.
Last month, I attended Warped Tour twice — first in Mansfield, Mass. on Thurs., July 10 and then in Hartford, Conn. on Sun., July 13. In Mansfield, my good friend Lauren worked press for the day and said several times that she really wanted to be sure to catch the PVRIS set in the afternoon. AR and I had never heard of the band, but we hit their set while Lauren photographed it. I was immediately into them.
Hailing from Boston, Mass., PVRIS is comprised of three members: Lyndsey Gunnulfsen (vocals/guitar), Alex Babinski (guitar) and Brian Macdonald (bass). According to official pages, the band formed in 2012 and signed to Rise/Velocity Records in June. The band has two EPs under its belt and is slated to release a full-length album later this year.
When we saw the band for the second time in Hartford, AR and I hit their merch table after the set to meet the band and snag some merch. We ended up with a signed copy of the four-way split the band had available and I was pumped to go home and load it into my computer so I could listen.
Having now heard the songs from that split, as well as the studio version of the band’s latest single, “St. Patrick”, I can say with honesty that this band is 100 times better live. There’s significantly more energy in every song and Gunnulfsen’s vocals —which are super unique and incredibly beautiful on the recorded tracks — absolutely soar in live sets. The five-song set they played on the Ernie Ball stage at Warped showcased that perfectly and I would love to see a longer set from them.
Unfortunately, the fall tour they’re headed on with Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive, and Major League won’t be hitting PVRIS’ hometown, which means I won’t be attending. But I’m going to keep an ear out for future dates, because I’m kind of addicted to their sound and keep playing “St. Patrick” on repeat. You can check out the video below.