ARTIST: PVRIS | VENUE: MANCHESTER ACADEMY | 06/04/2016
SUPPORTS: ALVAREZ KINGS, K FLAY
PVRIS are just one of those bands that everyone seems to love, and how could you not embrace their synth laden, chorus catching, stadium sized fire? Tonight, only a matter of days since the likes of rock icons Weezer took to the same stage, the question is will PVRIS begin to cement themselves in such a worthy venue?
But first opening is a band that are not bringing the heat from the other side of the pond, rather a stone throw away. Ever since ALVAREZ KINGS (6) landed in our ears in our shared home town of Sheffield, we’ve found ourselves being indulged by their dance meets rock pop. Whilst tonight’s show may have us feeling like we’re in a more pop meets dance influenced uncharted waters, the highly octane ‘Tell-tale Heart’ has us no longer suppressing our urges to spend all of our energy dancing this early on in the night.
Someone call Kendrick Lamar, he seemed to have left his support act in Manchester, and it’s called K FLAY (3). The three piece rap outfit (or rather ‘her’) seems like the cut away of a The XX influenced Charli XCX record. Don’t get us wrong, diverse line ups are the future of a forever changing musical landscape, but we can’t help but feel a little displaced. However, in an unexpected turn of events, PVRIS’s Lynn Gunn decides to make an appearance in a far from normal headliner to support’ feature. Fiercely drumming along to the hip hop beat, we soon follow Lynn’s stride in the hope of K Fly having found the surprise appearance to be a show saver. However even a slightly awkward drum feature won’t save this gal.
With an almighty roar and a blinding white mirror hologram shining from the stage, PVRIS (6) are welcomed with such a high level of excitement, that we think soon enough Manchester Academy will burst. Tonight their static dark dance rock anthems sound huge, and as the only three-member band (with a session drummer) swans across the stage, they really do make it their own. With a heart pounding opener quickly shifting gears and slamming into ‘St Patrick’, we’re hit with a wave of adrenaline that has the entire room moving throughout. But just as we begin to peak into pure anthemic bliss, the show seems to set itself onto a downward spiral. For a band who’s singles have been dubbed absolute floor fillers, the rest of tonight’s set is disappointingly, and even at times frustratingly, slow.
Visually PVRIS have come way more prepared than from the last time they played a 200 capacity venue down the road, and the impressive stage lighting makes for a way more atmospheric show, especially during a hazy ‘White Noise’. However, if it were not for the visuals, it would become all too easy to walk out on tonight’s performance. Whilst PVRIS may shine on through an encore of ‘My House’, tonight we can sadly say that PVRIS may need to make a few changes to their song tempos and crowd engagement before really being able to fill the floor.
WORDS: GEORGIA RAWSON | PHOTOS: SAM CROWSTON |