PVRIS

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PVRIS
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PVRIS performing at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida in 2015.
Background information
Also known as
  • Operation Guillotine (2012)
  • Paris (2012–13)
Origin Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres
Years active 2012 (2012)–present
Labels
Website pvris.com
Members
  • Lynn Gunn
  • Alex Babinski
  • Brian MacDonald
Past members
  • Kyle Anthony
  • Brad Griffin

PVRIS (pronounced Paris)[1] is an American rock band from Lowell, Massachusetts formed by members Lynn Gunn, Alex Babinski, and Brian MacDonald. The band formed originally under the name Paris but later changed it to PVRIS in the summer of 2013 citing legal reasons. They have released a self-titled EP, an acoustic EP, before signing to Rise and Velocity Records and released their single "St. Patrick" on June 24, 2014 along with a music video (directed by Raul Gonzo). They released their debut album, White Noise, in November 2014, and the deluxe version of White Noise on April 22, 2016. On August 25, 2017, they released their second album All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell.

History[edit]

Formation and early releases (2012–14)[edit]

PVRIS formed in Lowell, Massachusetts[2] in 2012[3] under the name Operation Guillotine.[4] They were originally a metalcore band,[4] consisting of five members,[2] with Kyle Anthony performing lead vocals.[4] Their line-up soon changed to vocalist/guitarist Lynn Gunn (born Lyndsey Gunnulfsen), guitarist Alex Babinski, bassist Brian Macdonald,[5] and drummer Brad Griffin.[3] Babinski had previously been in I Am the Fallen.[2] On March 26, 2013, PVRIS released their self-titled EP.[6] The sound was described as post-hardcore.[7] They played sporadic shows through the Spring, including a successful mini-tour with Love, Robot.

During the summer of 2013, the band played a week on Ernie Ball's Battle of the Bands stage at Warped Tour after winning a contest.[2] It was also during this time, on July 26, that they officially changed their name from ‘Paris’ to ‘PVRIS’, citing legal reasons. Coincidentally, the 'V' as a replacement for 'U' was similar to that of the band Chvrches, which also frequently has its name stylized in capital letters; however, Chvrches changed their name for online searchability, not legal issues as was the case with Paris. The band went on The Rise Up Tour supporting A Skylit Drive[8] in September and October.[9] Shortly after the end of the tour, they parted ways with their drummer Brad Griffin, and continued as a trio. PVRIS began teasing fans that they would soon be hitting the studio to write and record new material around this time. That recording process began in December when PVRIS entered the studio with Blake Harnage of Versa. On February 7, 2014 they officially announced that they were a part of an Acoustic 4 Way Split with A Loss For Words, Wind In Sails and After Tonight which was set to release on April 1, 2014. Coinciding with the release of their Acoustic EP, PVRIS joined A Loss For Words, Veara, City Lights, and Moms on the 5th anniversary of The Kids Can’t Lose Tour from March 29, 2014 to April 13, 2014.

White Noise (2014–2016)[edit]

When the band went into the studio their sound changed drastically, incorporating pop and electronic elements into their music.[10] Gunn claimed this incorporation was done subconsciously.[10] In June 2014[11] it was announced the band had signed to Rise and Velocity.[2] A music video was released for "St. Patrick" on June 24,[11] and the song was also released as a single on the same day.[12] In an interview with The Huffington Post Gunn elaborated on the excitement that came with being able to release new music to the public. "We've been waiting over six months to release anything… It feels incredible to finally unleash it to the world. So many more people are into it than we even imagined!" [13] The band played two weeks on the Battle of the Bands stage at Warped Tour.[2] During their time spent on Warped Tour The Huffington Post released a second article listing them as one of “18 Artists You Need To Know Halfway Through 2014”. “Lynn Gunn is a force that cannot be denied, redolently poignant in both her most excitable and serene vocalizations. The first female-led signing of Rise Records, a label that has almost implausibly made metalcore music equally accessible and desirable, the label may have just made its smartest acquisition yet.”[14]

The band supported Mayday Parade in October and November[15] on their The Honeymoon Tour.[16] In early September, the band supported Emarosa on the Up Close and Personal tour.[17] PVRIS also joined the Ice Grills 2014 Tour in Japan from September 16, 2014 to September 21, 2014. The tour featured Lyndsey and Brian playing with A Loss For Words, State Champs, as well as PVRIS providing acoustic support. On September 22, 2014 PVRIS announced their debut album "White Noise" due for release on November 4, 2014. The following day, PVRIS released a music video for "My House". On October 6, 2014 PVRIS released "The Empty Room Sessions" of My House. On October 16, 2014 PVRIS released the self-titled track "White Noise" off of their upcoming debut album. On November 10, 2014 it was announced that PVRIS would be supporting Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens on the second leg of their World Tour, and Mallory Knox will also be supporting them. The tour runs from January 23 to March 4, starting in San Diego and ending in Oklahoma City.[18] On March 25, 2015, PVRIS released the official video for 'White Noise'.[19]

On June 11, 2015, PVRIS won the Relentless Kerrang! Awards 2015 for Best International Newcomer.[20] On June 22, 2015, PVRIS released their cover of Chandelier by Sia off Punk Goes Pop 6's deluxe edition. On July 2, 2015, PVRIS released the official music video for "Holy". On July 21, 2015, PVRIS released the official music video for "Fire". The following day, at the Alternative Press Music Awards, they took home the award for Breakthrough Band.[21] The band supported Bring Me the Horizon in the U.S. in October,[22] then supported them the following month in the UK.[23] In February and March, the band supported Fall Out Boy on their tour of the U.S.[24] On January 5, 2016, PVRIS made their network television debut by performing "My House" and "White Noise" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[25]

On February 17, 2016, the band premiered a new song, titled "You and I" on Radio 104.5.[26] The song was released on February 22, along with a music video, and is featured on a deluxe edition of White Noise, released April 22. The deluxe edition also included a music video for every song on the original White Noise album and as well as the bonus song "You and I". All eleven music videos were directed by Raul Gonzo and appear to have a continuous theme featuring the iconic PVRIS mirror. At the end of each video a preview of the next video would appear. All except the last video. Additionally, the deluxe album included a stripped version of "You and I", as well as a new track "Empty".

On May 11, 2016, PVRIS set out on their first American headlining tour,[27] which wrapped up on June 10. It was announced that the band will be playing at Chicago's Lollapolooza for the first time on July 29, 2016.[28]

All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell (2016–present)[edit]

On July 27, 2016, Lynn Gunn posted a photo on her Twitter showing 45 songs that had been written for album 2.[29] PVRIS played their last show of 2016 at Summer Sonic Osaka on August 21.[30][31] After this they went to the city of Utica in upstate New York to record their second album in a supposedly haunted church turned record studio.[32] On February 13, 2017 PVRIS confirmed on a post on their Facebook page that album 2 was done being recorded.[33] On February 17, 2017 PVRIS updated all of their social media platforms with a new theme as well as a post with the Roman numerals "II XX XVII" or 2 20 17.[34] On February 20 they announced a small European tour.[35] Lynn Gunn then proceeded to tweet out, "Oh my loves, can't you see? The new era has just begun."[36] She also confirmed that fans would get to hear some new songs on the European tour.

On April 30, 2017, PVRIS premiered their new single "Heaven" from their upcoming album on BBC's Radio 1 Rock Show.[37] On May 1, All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell was announced for release on August 4.[38] On May 4, and May 5, 2017 PVRIS performed in London as a part of their European tour and previewed the song "Half" for the first time as a part of their new album. On June 13 PVRIS premiered their latest single "What's Wrong" on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show as another addition to the AWKOHAWNOH album.

Musical style[edit]

AllMusic biographer wrote that the group "blend dreamy electronica with dark, beat-heavy rock."[5] Rob Sayce of Rock Sound described their sound as a combined mixture of "dark electro-pop and stadium-sized rock".[39] Metro described them as an alternative rock act that fused "electro-pop backdrops with rhythm-driven dark rock music."[40] Their debut EP has been described as post-hardcore.[41] White Noise has been described as electropop,[42] pop,[41] post-hardcore,[41] psychedelic,[43] and synth-pop.[44]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[45]
US
Alt.

[46]
AUS
[47]
UK
[48]
White Noise 88 6 55
All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell
  • Released: August 25, 2017[38]
  • Label: Rise
  • Format: CD, CS, DL, LP
41 4 12 4

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title Extended play details
Paris
  • Released: March 26, 2013[6]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD, DL
Acoustic
  • Released: April 1, 2014[53]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CS, DL, 10" vinyl

Singles[edit]

List of singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Alt.

[54]
US
Rock

[55]
"St. Patrick"[56] 2014 White Noise
"St. Patrick (Empty Room Session)"[57] Non-album single
"You and I"[58] 2016 40 37 White Noise
"Heaven" 2017 All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell
"What's Wrong"
"Anyone Else"

Promotional singles[edit]

List of promotional singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Half" 2017 All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell
"Winter"

Other songs[edit]

List of other songs, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Mind Over Matter" 2012 Non-album song
"Gemini" (featuring Kyle Anthony)
"Rain" (Love, Robot featuring PVRIS) 2013
"Follow"
"Chandelier" 2014 Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6
"Fire That Burns" (Circa Waves featuring PVRIS) 2017 Different Creatures

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"St. Patrick" 2014 Raúl Gonzo[59]
"St. Patrick (The Empty Room Sessions)" Alexa San Roman/Ego Alley Productions[60]
"My House" Raúl Gonzo[61]
"My House (The Empty Room Sessions)" Alexa San Roman/Ego Alley Productions[62]
"White Noise (The Empty Room Sessions)" Alexa San Roman/Ego Alley Productions[63]
"Eyelids (The Empty Room Sessions)" [64]
"Holy (The Empty Room Sessions)" 2015 Alexa San Roman[65]
"White Noise" Raúl Gonzo[66]
"Chandelier" Alex San Roman[67]
"Holy" Raúl Gonzo[68]
"Fire" Raúl Gonzo[69]
"Smoke" 2016 Raúl Gonzo[64]
"Ghosts/Let Them In" Raúl Gonzo[70]
"Eyelids" Raúl Gonzo[71]
"Mirrors" Raúl Gonzo[72]
"You And I" Raúl Gonzo[73]
"All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell" 2017 Raúl Gonzo and Lyndsey Gunnulfsen[74]
"Heaven" Raúl Gonzo and Lyndsey Gunnulfsen[75]
"What's Wrong" Raúl Gonzo and Lyndsey Gunnulfsen[76]
"Half (Visualette)" Raúl Gonzo and Lyndsey Gunnulfsen[77]
"Winter (Visualette)" Raúl Gonzo and Lyndsey Gunnulfsen[78]
"Anyone Else" Raúl Gonzo and Lyndsey Gunnulfsen[79]

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Lynn Gunn — lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards (2012–present)
  • Alex Babinski — lead guitar, keyboards (2012–present)
  • Brian MacDonald — bass guitar, keyboards (2012–present)

Touring members[edit]

  • Justin Nace — drums

Studio session[edit]

  • Chris Kamrada (White Noise and All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell)

Former members[edit]

  • Brad Griffin — drums, backing vocals (2012–13)
  • Kyle Anthony — unclean vocals (2012)

Timeline

Awards and nominations[edit]

Rock Sound Awards

Year Recipient/work Award Result Ref.
2017 PVRIS Artist Of The Year Won [80]

References[edit]

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