Pop punk rising

PVRIS takes Nutter stage

By Amanda Dee

PVRIS is the last of a dying breed.

Starting in the a punk rock scene almost a decade after Fall Out Boy, Lyndsey Gunnulfsen, AKA Lynn Gunn, explains, “We kind of caught the very tail end of something that’s not really around anymore.”

Fall Out Boy reached out to PVRIS (pronounced “Paris”) to open for them during their tour—which hits the Nutter Center March 9—and Gunn says that is “kind of insane.”

While 21-year-old PVRIS front woman Gunn witnessed the phoenix cycle of Fall Out Boy herself at concerts in Lowell, Massechusets, at the arena across from her high school, she and her band mates are now experiencing a similar rise.

“It’s kind of crazy because I think I remember in high school or middle school when I went to see them with my friends, I was like, ‘Damn, that would be cool to do,’” she recalls. “It’s really crazy how it worked out. I just had that revelation right now.”

Alternative Press featured the band—Gunn, guitarist/keyboardist Alex Babinski and bassist Brian MacDonald—on its 2016’s 16 bands to watch list, garnering more attention to their music. Haley Williams, front woman of the band pop punk band Paramore, also came out online to praise Gunn, calling her “an absolute badass.”

Gunn also partially credits Van’s Warped Tour for providing the spotlight to illuminate their work: “I think a lot of people perceive the kind of Warped Tour scene as a very pigeonholed genre, but that’s where were we found success.”

Though she’s currently hooked again on Florence Welch, she says metal and pop punk shaped their sound because they “kind of lived in that.”

“We were up in Manchester playing that,” she continues. “It was all very heavy and really raw and progressive rock.”

When Gunn was younger, her older brother and his friends would play classic rock like AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, which instigated her pursuit of her own music, listened and eventually created. Gunn taught herself guitar by ear, and she and her brother started playing bedroom concerts (not as in a house concert—as in playing in a bedroom).

She loved music, but never thought of it as something “practical” she could realistically pursue. But some writing and self-producing later, she got into a band.

“When I got into my first real band, I was like, ‘I gotta’ do this sh-t forever,’” she says.

PVRIS started when Gunn was a sophomore in high school after some mocking and an amp connection.

“I had been in bands prior to PVRIS, and we played a bunch of shows at this one venue that everyone kind of met at,” she explains. “And Alex actually kind of made fun of my old band, which is funny and ironic—and then he auditioned to be in PVRIS … Brian actually sold an amp to Alex before PVRIS, so way after he made the connection.”

Their first EPs were released on tiny labels, but they released their 2014 full-length White Noise with Rise and Velocity Records, who paired them with a producer that changed their process, which was different, more “vibe-y” and “energy-based,” than their previous works.

“With [White Noise], it was so completely chaotic and all over the place. And I would never want to work any other way now,” Gunn says. “Everything was kind of free and kind of spur of the moment. I feel like when things are so structured out and boxed in, your creativity kind of takes the backseat and it’s also boxed in.”

Taking creative freedom like that can be a risk, but Gunn and her fellow band members took it—and it’s paying off. Quickly. Last week, the band released  “You and I,” its first single since the album. It has already reached No. 1 on the U.S., U.K. and Australian iTunes rock charts.

To put this success lightly, as Gunn did: “I definitely think we’re off to a very good start.”

“It feels pretty insane,” she continues. “’Cause … obviously you have goals and dreams when you’re a kid, but like to have them happening this fast at such a quick rate … It’s pretty surreal. It make me really, really, really excited to keep working and keep making more to just see where this goes.”

PVRIS and Fall Out Boy perform Wednesday, March 9 at the Nutter Center at Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway in Dayton. Show starts at 7 p.m., doors at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $32.50, $45 or $59.50. AWOLNATION is also on the bill. The deluxe edition of White Noise will be out April 22. For more information, please PVRIS.com visit or falloutboy.com/tour.

Reach DCP freelance writer Amanda Dee at AmandaDee@DaytonCityPaper.com.


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