A Night With PVRIS
On September 29th, 2017, I had the opportunity of seeing one of my favorite bands, PVRIS, live at The Bomb Factory in Dallas. The band had recently released their second studio album, All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell, on August 25th. Fans' reactions to the album were overwhelmingly positive. I had been looking forward to seeing PVRIS play live for months.
The openers for this concert were two artists, Party Nails and Lights, whom are both incredible women. They put on very energetic performances and had me dancing throughout both of their sets. I hadn’t listened to either of their music before, but I went home ready to drown myself in it.
I happened to be volunteering at the show for PVRIS through Propeller and The Ally Coalition, and, as a result, was able to hang out in the sound booth for a few of PVRIS’ songs. I remember the room going almost entirely black, and the only light source being the bars and the glow of the sound panels. When the set-up PVRIS had on stage started lighting up and flashing, I felt a rush in my chest at the sight and sound of the sudden excited roar of the crowd. I was completely blown away.
As the intro to ‘Heaven’ started up, Lynn Gunn’s voice filled the room, and I was in love with the band, all over again. From the sound booth, I was able to hear Alex Babinski, Brian MacDonald, and Justin Nace’s instruments framing Lynn’s voice so clearly; it was beautiful. Lynn Gunn has such an incredibly powerful and wonderful voice, that it immediately brought me to tears, in the best, most happiest way possible.
They played fifteen songs, and I loved their performance of each one. Their hit ‘White Noise’ was done differently this tour than usual— they played it acoustically. It was softer and sweeter but the impact felt by the room was just as powerful as ever. PVRIS ended their set with their encore song, ‘No Mercy’, which is a definitely a fan favorite and a fantastic way for the band to go out with a bang. The fast-paced, almost-aggressive song was a perfect end to their show. I rode the high of their encore and the excitement of their show all night long and throughout the next day. I am so glad I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to see PVRIS perform live, and I am definitely looking forward to seeing them again.