PVRIS electrified Saint Andrew’s Hall with a rocking set with support from Lydia, CRUISR, and Polyenso.
04-June-2016: Opening the evening was Polyenso from St. Petersburg, Florida with their mix of electronic, jazz, and indie rock. They are touring in support of their 2016 release, Pure in the Plastic.
Drummer Denny Agosto immediately grabbed attention as he was a major focal point on the stage with his high-energy stick work laying down a killer beat. Multi-instrumentalist Alexander Schultz added to the groove with his bass and keyboard playing with Brennan Taulbee providing the lead vocals and additional keyboards.
They kept the audience engaged for their brief five-song set that consisted of songs from their latest release. The setlist was “A Pool Worth Diving In,” “Not My Real Life,” “17 New Years,” “Every Single Time,” and “Let It Go.”
CRUISR from Philadelphia hit the stage next and immediately got the crowd moving with their indie pop music. Lead vocalist and guitar player, Andy States, stated after the first song that this audience was by far the best on the tour so far and made his day. They had the crowd dancing and clapping along and warmed them up for the rest of the evening.
The rest of CRUISR is Jon Van Dine (drums), Bruno Catrambone (guitar), and Wesley Bunch (touring bassist). The setlist consisted of “Moving to Neptune,” “Take That,” “Throw Shade,” “Wild Babe,” “All Over,”Go For It,” and “Kidnap Me.”
Lydia from Arizona provided the direct support for the headliner. They brought a mix of indie rock, rock, and ambient sounds that provided a relaxing and atmospheric vibe. The mostly dark, purple lighting provided for some cool visuals to go along with their music.
Lydia has been around since 2003 with eight albums, although tonight’s set drew heavily from their 2015 release, Run Wild, and their 2013 release, Devil, along with “Hospital” from their 2008 release, Illuminate.
Lydia is Leighton Antelman (lead vocals, guitar), Matt Keller (keyboard, guitar, bass, programming), and Justin Camacho (guitar).
Their full setlist was “Take Your Time,” “Riverman,” “Hospital,”” Knee Deep,” “Past Life,” “Coffee Drips,” “Devil,” “Georgia,” and “When It Gets Dark Out.”
Pvris finally hit the stage, and the crowd went wild. This show is their first headlining tour in support of their 2014 release, White Noise, and so far the tour has been selling out in every city. Tonight was no exception. The Detroit fans reacted to them with clapping, jumping, dancing, and even a few that went crowd surfing.
They opened the show with “Smoke” that got the crowd energized and moving. They tore through several other fan favorites including “Mirrors” and “St. Patrick” before slowing things down for a few songs including “Only Love” and “Ghosts” with just guitarist Alex Babinski accompanying lead singer Lynn Gunn. “Only Love” was one of the standout songs of the evening highlighting Gunn’s vocal talents.
The rest of the band returned to the stage, and they ripped through “Fire,” which was probably the most energetic and outstanding song of the evening. The crowd was jumping, and fists were pumping in the air.
They closed out the set with two more songs from White Noise, including “Let Them In,” that had the crowd pumped as they clapped and sang along. With the audience cheering for more, the band returned to the stage for two encores. The final encore, “My House,” once again had the crowd jumping, clapping, and singing along.
Lead vocalist Lynn Gunn interacted with the audience throughout the evening including going into the photo pit and greeting fans from the first couple of rows. She even cracked a few jokes including asking the crowd if they were hungry before introducing the song “Ghosts” as toast.
About five songs into their set, the band paused and walked to the side of the stage while some altercation in the balcony was cleared up. That was a very professional thing to do so as not to disrupt the rest of the show for everyone else.
It was an energetic show and with a dialed-in sound mix. Based on the growing fan base and audience reaction tonight, expect them to be around a long time.
PVRIS band is Lynn Gunn (Vocals, guitar, keyboards), Alex Babinski (guitar, keyboards), Brian MacDonald (bass, keyboards), and Justin Nace (touring drummer).
PVRIS is wrapping up their current North America tour this week before hitting a few festivals in June and July including Firefly Festival and Lollapalooza, and then some dates in Japan in August.
Their set included material from their debut album White Noise, plus “Only Love” from their Acoustic EP release. The complete setlist was “Smoke,” “Mirrors,” “St.Patrick,” “White Noise,” “Holy,” “Only Love,” “Ghosts,” “Fire,” “Eyelids,” and “Let Them In” followed by their encore with “You and I” and “My House.”
All photographs by Matt Vogel.