Pvris made a return engagement to Tucson’s Rialto Theatre on March 11 to perform for a crowd of eager, faithful fans. Front woman Lynn Gunn mentioned that the first time they came to Tucson, they performed in a pizza parlor. Things have improved dramatically for the three-piece band since that time thanks to a hit debut album release, White Noise in 2014. They released their sophomore album All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell in 2017. AXS was able to catch this show and here are some highlights.
1. A night of powerful women leading powerful bands
Lynn Gunn is a major force behind Pvris. She played keyboards, guitar and sang lead. She started the first song “Heaven” on keys, but quickly moved to the microphone and continued singing with the guitar. She spent the rest of the set bouncing between each area. The sound of the band is electronic pop rock with a dark undertone. Gunn’s voice is passionate and hard-hitting. It was apparent from the start that Gunn and the fans had a synergistic relationship that was relentless.
2. A band with a solid musical foundation
Pvris has written all the songs on both of their highly successful albums. Gunn’s lyrics are introspective, poetic, and they flow seamlessly with the melodies of the songs. Her songs are honest and that has a lot to do with their fans’ obsessive following. Eight of the songs are from All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell. Six songs are from White Noise. For a complete set list, please click here.
3. Adoring fans
It is unusual to have fans know the words to every song and sing along from the start of the show until the very end. They all sang loud and clear. Many of the fans brought gifts of large and small LBGT flags that Gunn accepted and hung them from the keyboards and the microphone stand. The payoff was at the end of the show when Gunn jumped off the stage and joined the fans in front of the standing room crowd.
4. Flint Eastwood
“Powerful women” was mentioned earlier and the show opener was Flint Eastwood. The band is fronted by an incredibly energetic Jax Anderson from Detroit. Not only does she have the stage presence of Mick Jagger, but she also has perfect pitch. Her larger than life personality was infectious and the crowd responded royally. This band seems to be the best warm up act for Pvris. Flint Eastwood has been opening the show for over a month and has a few more dates left.
5. Alex Babinski and Brian MacDonald
Babinski and MacDonald are the other two members of the band who are very worthy of mention. Both are multi-instrumentalists. Babinski plays guitar and keyboards while MacDonald plays bass and keyboards. The band follows the adage that you can never have too many keyboards. There were two touring drummers that had their opportunity to perform a solo.
Grab your tickets here for future Pvris shows.