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Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm
This event is all ages.
Lynn Gunn – guitar/vocals/keys
Alex Babinski – guitar/keys
Brian MacDonald – bass/keys
There is a moment where every artist decides that it is best to create music based on instinct rather than expectation. For PVRIS, a three-piece rock band from Boston, that moment came during their conception. The trio formed in the studio while making songs for a previous project and realized that they needed to collectively eschew any preconceived idea of what music should be. “It occurred to us that we should just make whatever we want and not worry about fitting into the local scene,” Lynn says. “Our vision was whatever we felt like doing. It was about making what we felt like making in the moment.”
That vision has manifested itself into PVRIS’s debut album White Noise, which follows an acoustic EP that came out in April of 2014. The album is its own entity, a collection of dynamic, surging rock songs that combine the musicians’ collective influences and inspirations. The band has continually fostered an interest in electronic music and hoped to organically bring those sounds into their pop-tinged rock numbers. “We knew we wanted to go in a more electronic direction on the album,” Lynn says. “We had that vision but we had no clue how it would actually sound. We let the music find itself.”
White Noise was recorded last winter with musician Blake Harnage, a longtime friend of the band, in his home studio. It was Blake’s first time producing a full-length album, but his influence became essential to the music. “Blake texted me after we signed to Rise saying he thought we could make an awesome record together and we worked it out and it was amazing,” Lynn says. “He doesn’t have a filter. He just makes the music. He doesn’t care what people think of him or his music – he just lets his ideas flow and embraces them. He changed our perspective on writing and making music.”
The songs on the album are connected through the lyrics and the title, which evokes both the supernatural and the harsh sound created by TV static and electricity. Ghosts, often metaphorical, populate the songs, a haunting theme resonating throughout. Lines reappear in various tracks, hinting back at one another and tying the album together. Each song exists as its own entity, embracing different musical vibes, but there is a sense of cohesiveness through White Noise. “St. Patrick,” a propulsive rocker, is driven by Lynn’s evocative vocals, which soar over an electronic flourish that surges beneath the guitars. “White Noise” has a moodier quality, its driving beats leading the way for a chorus that aches with longing, while “My House” balances insistent, pummeling rock sounds with melancholy reflection. Together, the songs create a darkly tinged album that resonates with confidence.
“There was some anxiety in the studio because we would think something sounded amazing but that no one would get it or take to it the right way,” Lynn says. “But we got over that fear. Blake helped us find confidence in what we were making. We had to be happy with what we were making no matter what and that was the mindset we had for the rest of the process. We’re super proud of the record and how it represents us as a band.”
PVRIS, who has toured the U.S. several times in the past few years and played Warped Tour in the summer of 2014, have reimagined their live set-up to reflect the album. Ultimately, PVRIS wants to make music that is their own. Without expectation, the musicians have songs that give something important to their audience – whatever that may be.
“I hope people can take anything they desire away from this record,” Lynn says. “It can be anything. We made the music because we loved it and now it can belong to everyone else.”
Lydia is an indie rock band from Gilbert, Arizona. Formed in 2003, frontman Leighton Antelman along with a different array of band mates released three albums and took to the road for their first headlining tour in 2008 in support of their record Illuminate.
After a brief hiatus in 2010, the band returned in September 2011 with a new song, and their album, Paint it Golden, was released shortly after in October of that same year. Lydia’s success has led them to tours such as the Zumiez Couch Tour, Vans Warped Tour, and The Bamboozle Festival as well as extensive headlining and supporting tours across the US, Canada, and the UK.
In March of 2013, Lydia released Devil, produced by Colby Wedgeworth (The Maine, This Century), as a follow up to 2012’s Acoustics EP. The band toured in support of the record, then Lydia re-released Devil in a deluxe version shortly thereafter.
In September of 2015, Lydia released their latest full length Run Wild – coproduced by Aaron Marsh (of Copeland) and Colby Wedgeworth. The band embarked on a headlining run with support from Turnover, Seahaven, and The Technicolors. The band has earned press coverage by many reputable press sources over the years including Alternative Press, Absolute Punk, idobi radio, Guitar World, and more. Lydia’s most recent music video, for “When It Gets Dark Out” off of Run Wild, has been picked up by major media outlets MTV, AXS TV, and Yahoo Music to name a few. The band plans to continue to tour on the success of Run Wild.
Lydia is Leighton Antelman, Matt Keller, and Justin Camacho.
CRUISR began in 2012 as the solo project of Andy States and quickly morphed into what it is today; an indie-pop band whose summery, feel-good hooks are infectious and stadium ready.
States wrote and recorded the band’s first EP in his Philadelphia bedroom, fixated on the idea of what it means to craft a pop song. “I have an obsession with writing pop music and the idea that songs can transcend people.,” States says. “I saw that producer Jeremy Park started writing blog articles about how he recorded Youth Lagoon, so I wrote to him and sent him my songs asking for advice and knowledge. He wrote back and loved my stuff and helped me produce the first EP.”
The six-song self-titled EP was released in the summer of 2012 and quickly garnered attention online and in the press. With all the newfound awareness Andy promptly realized he needed a band to bring his songs to the stage. “Jon was always my sounding board. I’d show him songs in the making and get his advice. It only made sense that he’d become part of CRUISR,” Andy notes. With the addition of Kyle and Bruno the quartet set out performing whenever possible. And of course, they continued to write.
“The writing process definitely changed once we became a full band. I’ll work on my computer and bring the idea to Jon. By that time it’s structured and has a backbone, guitars are figured out etc. Jon elaborates on the idea with drums and it goes from there.” In late 2013 CRUISR released a new track online, “Kidnap Me,” which attracted even more positive attention than the EP. Representative of CRUISR as a cohesive unit, “Kidnap Me” was the first track written as a band and showcases what CRUISR does best; sunny, warm, indie-pop. “It’s funny because we’re from Philadelphia and we write songs that sound like summer, which is a fleeting season here. I guess it’s just because Philly is where we feel happiest, and when we’re happy we write happy music.”
Fast-forward to present day when CRUISR is gearing up to release their second EP, All Over, which features definitive recordings of “Kidnap Me” and “Don’t Go Alone” as well as the brand new title track “All Over”; all of which were produced and mixed by Andrew Maury (RAC, Panama Wedding, Ra Ra Riot). All Over demonstrates how fantastically Andy’s mind is able to translate pop hooks. “How does pop music make everyone like it so much?” States laughs, “Little kids hear it on the radio and just go crazy, singing stupid songs. There’s something that’s so smart about it, and a lot of things that people don’t notice are the key ingredients to writing a pop song. I’m just really into trying to decipher what those things are and trying to make pop music in our own way.”
All Over will be released on September 23 via Vagrant Records.
CRUISR is Andy States (vocals / guitar), Jonathan Van Dine (drums), Kyle Cook (bass), Bruno Catrambone (guitar)