US alt-rock outfit PVRIS played one of their biggest shows to date at the sold-out 3,000-capacity o2 Academy in Birmingham.
The three-piece – consisting of Lynn Gunn, Alex Babinski, and Brian MacDonald, from Lowell, Massachusetts – kicked off with their single Heaven to begin a set heavily-loaded with songs from their second album All We Know Of Heaven, All We need Of Hell.
The set also delved into some of their older material too, with some from their 2014 album White Noise. For songs both old and new, fans were excited and energetic throughout, with a brief respite in the middle of the evening for the stripped back Same Soul.
The stage was set up with two drum sets; including one for Gunn, who added some drumming reinforcements at the end of Half, and also for the big finish for encore song No Mercy. It was a strong end to what had been a powerful and utterly compelling performance from a band whose cross-genre style has found a sizeable following and which has of late generated plenty of hype… the kind that in their case is absolutely warranted.
Photos: Arta Gailuma
North London-based producer and artist Raphaella has released her first solo release of the year with the sublime Turn Around. It’s slick and stripped back right from the off, providing just the right backing for a rich, soulful vocal.
Speaking about the track, Raphaella said: “Turn Around is about the moment you walk away from someone because you know they’re no good for you. Your head has made the decision, but you know your heart could betray you any moment. Love is hard and the right decision is almost never the easiest – it’s the last bit of your heart that hasn’t let go, saying if you wanted me to, I could turn around and come right back. Turn Around is the last song before letting go.”
Expect a lot more to come from Raphaella. She has been busy in the studio working on projects with luminaries such as Rudimental, MNEK, Steel Banglez, MIST, Gorgon City, Watermat and Wilkinson.
Raphaella – Turn Around
American Nightmare is a pop-punk tune about choosing a different path to life to the supposedly utopian ‘American Dream’ that many pursue. It’s a song that also underlines the Toronto-based singer-songwriter’s knack for a hook. A much bigger profile beckons.
DYLYN – American Nightmare
Out today is the new track from synth-pop duo The Modern Strangers. Coco Hello has all the hallmarks of a summer pop earworm guaranteed to be stuck in your brain after two listens… you have been warned!
The Modern Strangers – Coco Hello
Pure synth-pop at it’s best, this one deserves to be a summer pop anthem. Meet Dan Crossley, a 21-year-old singer songwriter from Telford who has been busy writing songs throughout his teens.
He attracted plenty of attention with his debut track Feel and has now followed it up with Nothing But Love, which is what we have for this tune. It is taken from his five-track EP Feel which is out on Friday 19 May.
Dan Crossley – Nothing But Love