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Interview:
PVRIS at the Royal Oak, 5 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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There’s no sophomore slump for PVRIS.

The Massachusetts electro-rock trio released its second album, “All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell,” on Aug. 25 and it debuted 47 points higher on the Billboard 200 than its predecessor, 2014’s “White Noise,” and at No. 4 on the Alternative Albums chart. The 10-song set has sent PVRIS (pronounced Paris) back on the road, too, fortified with two albums worth of material and a yearning to prove that there’s more where that first album and its hit “You And I” came from...

• Frontwoman Lynn Gunn says that having a second album out “feels good and it feels weird. We spent pretty much the last full year writing it, recording it, working on it, just planning it out. So it feels strange that it’s finally done. It was very hard to just kind of stop working on it and let it go, but it feels good, and it’s good to know people are latching on to it.”

• PVRIS did not set out to do “anything in particular” with “All We Know Of Heaven...” but, rather, let the album take shape without a specific sonic goal in mind. “It was really kind of open-ended,” Gunn recalls. “We had a lot of ideas kind of brewing but nothing was particularly dialed in. The intention behind it and the mindset going into the record was to have the same approach we did with the first record -- not to restrict ourselves and not box ourselves in, just take a little risk and experiment and go with our guts and what felt it. That’s the kind of integrity we want to hold on to.”

• In terms of new adventures, Gunn says that, “There’s a little bit in the production. We had access to a lot of rally cool instruments and had a harp player come in, so we had a lot more space to work with. And then there was a lot with lyrical content, things I bottled up and was a little bit afraid to say before. Somebody told me once that if you’re saying something you’re afraid to say, that’s a good thing.”

• PVRIS did feel a degree of pressure in following up “White Noise,” however. “None -- but a lot at the same time,” Gunn acknowledges. “We really tried to tune it out. I think our fan base is really understanding and accepting of the fact we do experiment. We’re not afraid to take risk and get a little weird, so there was less pressure in that sense with this record.”

• PVRIS recorded the album in church in Utica, N.Y., which Gunn says lived up to its reputation for being haunted. “It was nothing crazy, but you could feel cold spots,” she recalls. “You could hear people walking around in the room who weren’t there. Our engineer had a lot of crazy stuff happening in the basement; He’d hear someone coming down the stairs and think it was us and turn around and nobody would be there. Or the lights would flicker on and off. Once I asked (the ghosts) to help me get three darts in a row in the bullseye; Nothing happened, but I left the room for an hour and nobody had been in there and went back and there were three darts sitting in the bullseye. So it was stuff like that.”



• If You Go: PVRIS performs Friday, Oct. 20 (Doors open at 7 p.m.), at Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Tickets are $25 in advance, $27 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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