PVRIS
White Noise


4.0
excellent

Review

by KBradley757 USER (3 Reviews)
December 5th, 2014 | 176 replies


Release Date: 11/03/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Catchy as hell, PVRIS impresses with their own brand of darker electro-pop rock.

A female-fronted rock band isn't exactly tough to find these days, with the major popularity of bands like Flyleaf and Paramore. However, bands like this are oft-criticized for sounding relatively generic and unoriginal. Enter PVRIS, a relatively new band with no full length albums and a single EP to their name. Instead of being just another mediocre rock band, PVRIS breaks out of the mold by embellishing their style of electronic pop rock with a darker undertone. White Noise is impressive for a debut, and had the sound of a band that is confident and sure of their identity.

Rock bands fronted by a woman generally feature a vocalist that has a powerful voice that isn't afraid to take risks, and PVRIS is no exception. Lead singer Lyndsey Gunnulfsen has a passionate and versatile voice that is as hard-hitting as it is subtle. Her presence on the record is immediately felt on the album, with the powerful opener "Smoke" finding Gunnulfsen pairing softer delicate lines with edgy yells as the volume ramps up. This style continues throughout the album, with Gunnulfsen carrying some of the otherwise unmemorable pieces such as "Ghosts".

The electronic elements really add some substance to songs. For instance, the pulsating synth that runs through "St. Patrick" keeps the song moving in a way that solely guitars wouldn't be able to do. However, that doesn't mean that there are no heavy guitar elements, either. The band members were previously a part of a post-hardcore outfit, Operation Guillotine, and it shows throughout the album. "Fire" highlights this history, with blaring guitars and a pounding drum beat supported by Gunnulfsen's smooth yet biting voice.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of White Noise is that the band is equally comfortable with doing softer introspective songs. "Holy" is a mysterious synth-driven number that features cutting lyrics and subtle guitar work that really brings the song together. Verses featuring sharp lines like 'Shallow, and empty, and filled with regret / I think that chest must be heavy from that cross on your neck' cut to the bone. "Eyelids" is another highlight, a song that allows Gunnulfsen to shine over a minimalistic electronic pulse before subtly building to the chorus.

At the most basic level, Gunnulfsen's stellar voice is enough to make PVRIS attractive and a fun listen. But the immersive layers of synth and guitar create some impressive soundscapes that permeate these songs, and it adds a whole new element to the album. Plus, PVRIS clearly has a knack for writing catchy choruses that stick and keep you coming back again and again. All in all, White Noise is an impressive debut from a band that looks to make significant waves in the future.


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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
December 4th 2014


10203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

edit: fixed

tresm87
December 6th 2014


3813 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

the one small complaint about this album i have is the lack of guitars. they are used wonderfully when they are but so damn

sparingly. but for example on tracks like Fire and let them in when used more they sound awesome.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2014


10203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I just can't get over how much of a knack for hooks they have

Atari
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2014


22831 Comments


whoah this is cool

Digging: Amy Shark - Night Thinker

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2014


10203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

it'll get stuck in your head sooooo quickly

Atari
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2014


22831 Comments


it's catchy, but it also has more depth than i was expecting. Their acoustic EP from this year is sounding great too

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2014


10203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

this is all I've heard from them, but yeah it's stellar

Atari
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2014


22831 Comments


definitely check their acoustic EP. I am just discovering them myself but that EP is hitting me harder than this

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2014


10203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i shall do that

tresm87
December 11th 2014


3813 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

check all the empty room sessions on youtube too for more acoustic versions

this band is unbelievable mostly Lynn

wacknizzle
December 13th 2014


14520 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just been jamming this and bm a lot lately. Her voice is so damn good

Digging: Cleric - Retrocausal

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
December 13th 2014


10203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

the acoustic ep goes hard tbh



had to listen to this again, gets better every time

tresm87
December 13th 2014


3813 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

yea the ep is deeply moving

ShadowRemains
December 13th 2014


24873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this girl's voice reminds me a bit of banks at times

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
December 16th 2014


10203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

NOOOOO LYNDSEY IS A LESBIAN, I NO LONGER HAVE A CHANCE AT MY FANTASY OF MARRYING HER AND HAVING A PLETHORA OF CHILDREN WITH BOTH INSTRUMENTAL AND OVERWHELMING VOCAL PROWESS NOOOOOO

ShadowRemains
December 17th 2014


24873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is really inconsistent



much better when they get deeper into that electronic stuff, otherwise it sounds like really generic/hollow pop punk/synth

pop with a good vocalist

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 17th 2014


30828 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it sounds like versaemerge should have sounded

ShadowRemains
December 17th 2014


24873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

smoke, holy, eyelids and mirrors are great





theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 17th 2014


30828 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i like the last song as well. forgot what its called

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 17th 2014


30828 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

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