New era

It’s ‘Paris’, and their al­bum’s catchy as hell

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The War On Drugs’ adam gran­duciel PVRIS (l-r): Brian Macdon­ald, Lyn­d­sey gun­nulf­sen, alex Babin­ski

PVRIS

All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell ★★★★ Dark, Sexy, grown-up – not ad­jec­tives you would pre­vi­ously have as­so­ci­ated with Mas­sachusetts trio PVRIS, who were un­til re­cently poised to clam­ber their way to the po­si­tion of elec­tropop-punk he­roes. after 2014’s de­but al­bum ‘White noise’ and its killer sin­gles ‘Fire’ and ‘St Pa­trick’ rose up the charts, PVRIS could have fol­lowed the tried and tested route to fame by di­alling back the heavy and up­ping the pop. Hey, it’s worked for Paramore (they’re still epic) and even avenged Seven­fold (they’re just as heavy, less screamy).

What PVRIS have some­how man­aged to do is keep ev­ery­thing they put into the first record, but add a dark­ness that’s taken their game to a whole new level.

al­though ‘all We know Of Heaven, all We need Of Hell’ is not heavy in the tra­di­tional sense, it’s still weighty and cloy­ing. Opener ‘Heaven’ roars and rum­bles along to an awe-in­spir­ing close and the foot-stomp­ing syn­th­pop of ‘What’s Wrong’ will surely be an in­stant hit.

‘Sep­a­rate’ is darker than any­thing they’ve done be­fore, with singer Lyn­d­sey gun­nulf­sen slith­er­ing along it in all the right ways. It’s the kind of track you want to hear at a fes­ti­val as the sun dips, when you know s**t is about to go down. By the time ‘no Mercy’ ar­rives, there’s no es­cap­ing how catchy this record is. Anita Bhag­wan­das

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