Following September, American-rock band, PVRIS will be supporting Circa Survive for their Australian tour; it’s safe to say that many are excited for their visit. With their fusion of electronic elements in their sound, they are a unique band that strives to have no boundaries towards their art. Garnering success from their debut album, White Noise, the band have exploded in the alternative scene with a strong following of fans, making known to the world that they are fearless and are prepared for bigger things ahead of them.
SR. I find it interesting that you were in a post-hardcore band called Operation Guillotine. How did the transition from this band to PVRIS come about?
LG. It happened a while back. We met Alex [Babinski] towards the end of it and we kinda went into the studio to do an EP for somebody. While we were in the studio, we were working on more post-hardcore songs and halfway through when we were writing, we were like, “We should just make straight-up rock songs and shit we wanna listen to.” We felt really limited and that we couldn’t think outside the box because it wouldn’t work and people wouldn’t get it. While we were in the studio, we were kinda like, “Fuck it. Let’s do whatever we want”, and that’s how PVRIS came about. From there, we made different music and we got new members and now we are where we are now.
SR. Following up on that, what has been the biggest learning curve for you since that transition?
LG. Not to limit yourself with your art and your writing and your music and whatever it is you wanna do when you’re creating – whether it’s art, photography or music. We just learn to think outside the box and really just vibe off whatever we want to make and whatever we feel like doing rather than overthinking it or trying to fit into a certain box or certain category – that’s the biggest thing that we’ve learnt out of anything.
SR. Yeah absolutely. There’s no limit to creativity really.
LG. Yeah, exactly. We have the whole mindset to just do whatever you feel and it will kind of speak for itself.
SR. It’s also impressive that the band haven’t been together for long and you’ve expanded your fanbase quite rapidly. How do you feel about this?
LG. It’s crazy – we’re super grateful for it. We definitely weren’t expecting such a crazy reaction so quickly and so drastically. I think our main focus now is to see people’s attention and making sure people are still interested in like a year, in which we hope we can do. Our main goal is making our music even better for the next record so that we can possibly grow even more if we wish.
SR. So you’ve probably gotten asked this question a thousand times but how did you guys end up signing to Rise Records? I just find it interesting because majority of their roster is made up of heavy bands.
LG. Yeah [laughs]. It’s pretty funny, we were supposed to sign to a different label and literally the day we were supposed to sign our contracts, we got the deal from Rise. Rise kinda had a bigger starting point and a bigger following so we initially wanted to deal with them from the start. We didn’t really get an offer from them but after a while, we got an offer and then it was like, “Oh! This it it. We’re gonna do it!”
“…the biggest challenge that we faced was just being confident and proud of our songs…”
I feel like their not hands-on with their artists – they kinda just let you do whatever you want and they’re not controlling or anything. They throw you into the studio and go, “Make whatever you want – don’t worry about it. As long as you’re happy with your record, that’s what matters.” So that’s kinda what we did when we went in the studio and we made, White Noise and we turned it in and they were like, “Oh shit. We have to change our game plan entirely” and they stepped it up on another level. It was pretty funny, I don’t think they were expecting the record they got but they are definitely more stoked on it from what they thought they were gonna get [laughs].
SR. That’s really cool ’cause some record labels can be restricting in terms of the sound dynamics of a band. Reason being is because they don’t really like it or it doesn’t represent the image they want for the label.
LG. For sure. It was really cool that they let you do whatever you want.
LG. It definitely opened so many doors and so many opportunities that I don’t think we would’ve had if the record didn’t come out. So whenever we get asked what’s our biggest accomplishment or thing we’ve done so far, it’s definitely from releasing this record because without that, nothing else would’ve happened to us – whether its the tours or anything really.
SR. So there’s a sense of mystery to the sound of PVRIS. How did the sound develop for the band?
LG. I feel like it kind of just happened really naturally. Like, we all listen to so many different bands, artists and genres that I think because of that, we’re not limited in what we listen to; it means we’re not limited to how we write music. I think that kinda plays a big part in why our sound is hard to pinpoint ’cause it kinda comes from everywhere and everything.
SR. Following up on that, during the creative process for the album, what challenges did you face and how did you overcome them as a band?
LG. I think the biggest challenge that we faced was just being confident and proud of our songs. I feel like we’re kinda doing something really ballsy that no one’s really done in this scene necessarily. We’re really proud of the record and really stoked on it but we weren’t sure how other people would dig it or if other people would even understand it or like it and I think that’s what we were really most afraid of. We were like, “Is anyone even gonna understand this or get this or like it?” and that’s the biggest thing that we kinda faced when we were making it. Eventually, halfway through doing the record, we were just like, “Fuck it. We’re proud of this and we shouldn’t be afraid of it. The songs will speak for themselves”, and apparently they have been and it ended up working out perfectly.
SR. When you first started the band, did you guys have some sort of vision on what you wanted PVRIS to sound like or did it come from the passion for music?
LG. Yeah, it was definitely just the passion for music and wanting to write and wanting to go out and play and doing everything that we’re doing now. We never really had an idea of what we wanted to be or sound like and I feel like it just kind of happened pretty naturally and developed overtime and now it is what it is now.
SR. I think it’s important for a band to naturally progress in sound development rather than force it.
LG. Yeah absolutely. You can’t be like, “We’re gonna sound like this and look like this and do this and this” right off the bat. You kinda just have to find it because once you find it – that’s when you stick with it and roll with it and develop that and go off of that.
SR. So it’ll be your first time touring Australia in September. What are you looking forward to the most when you come here?
LG. Everything. I’m just excited to see Australia ’cause it’s one of the countries we’ve always wanted to visit and so, we finally get to now. And I guess our friends in Tonight Alive are gonna be home as well and we haven’t seen them since the Mayday [Parade] tour so we’ll get to seem them then and we’re really excited to hang out with those guys too and hang out with Circa Survive – they’re like one of our favourite bands. So yeah, all of those things.
SR. I know you guys toured with Tonight Alive and that must’ve been really cool. How did those shows go?
LG. That was the Honeymoon tour – it was with Tonight Alive and Mayday Parade and also with Major League. I think that’s one of our favourite tours we’ve been on because that was the first tour we like ever really fully clicked and really vibe with the band and we got really close with them [Tonight Alive] on tour and we miss them a lot. It was awesome and they’re super, super fun and nice people.
SR. So a few weeks ago, there was a lot of talk surrounding the Skate and Surf fest which caused anger amongst people because of the fact that there were no female fronting-bands/musicians on the lineup. If you could give encouraging advice for the women of today who want to make it in the music industry, what would it be?
LG. Just go for it – that’s the main thing. Just do it and don’t be afraid and don’t listen to anyone. Fuck everyone’s opinion and everyone’s thoughts on that stuff. Just go for it and don’t give a fuck. Stand up for yourself and make it known.
Circa Survive + PVRIS Tour Dates
FRIDAY 18 SEPTEMBER – THE MET, BRISBANE – Licensed all ages
SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER – THE METRO, SYDNEY – Licensed all ages
SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER – 170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE – 18+
MONDAY 21 SEPTEMBER – 170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE – U18
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