Freelance: Album Review Status Update

I have now finished reviewing my top 10 albums. This process was pretty lengthy and did take me a while to complete but I did enjoy the process and I am glad I picked this project. Here are the albums listed below that are my top 10:

  1. PVRIS- White Noise
  2. Paramore- Self Titled
  3. Melanie Martinez- Cry Baby
  4. Jessie J- Who You Are
  5. Issues- Self Titled
  6. Bastille- Bad Blood
  7. Tonight Alive- Limitless
  8. Pierce The Veil- Collide With The Sky
  9. Ed Sheeran- Multiply
  10. The Script- Science and Faith

Band Rehearsal: 22/02/17

During this rehearsal we were unable to use our usual gear due to lack of available equipment, so we decided to start working on some covers. Here is a list below:

  • Tonight Alive- The Edge
  • There For Tomorrow- A Little Faster
  • PVRIS- Fire

For these covers we have decided to play as a band without sample pads and things like that just so we can focus on creating some energetic crowd pleasers’ for the cookie gig.

Our main focus this term is the Cookie gig. I am particularly excited for this because I have never played a gig there. This is because there was always something that restricted me from doing so.

The aim for the gig is to have fun and not have any extra technical things to worry about.

Targets for the next session include getting at least one track to performance standard so we can work on the next song in the session after that (etc).

 

GIG REVIEW- PVRIS

This weekend I qued for four and a half hours to get as close as possible to the stage without being VIP to see PVRIS. I ended up in the third to fourth row which was pretty decent!

The support acts were Bones and K-Flay.

Bones were a duo of an electric guitarist/ backing vocalist and a vocalist that also plays electric guitar. There was also a session drummer who was really good! They sang songs titled ‘Get Fat’ and ‘Girls Can’t Play Guitar’. The song ‘Girls Can’t Play Guitar’ included a very skilled guitar solo from the guitarist (Carmen Vandenberg). The vocalist was amazing too! Very raspy tones with an immense amount of sass and attitude.

The last support act was K-Flay. They were more similar to the main act as there were uses of synths as well as drums and guitar. The vocals where raspy and sometimes cute and squeaky but in a good way!! I really enjoyed there set and the vocalists stage presence.

Overall I really loved the support acts and I liked how they we both different.

Now… PVRIS!

PVRIS are my favourite band and I loved every single second of the gig!

Lynn Gunn (vocalist) was exceptional. From the way she performed to her comical qualities when telling people to get off of their phones during the track ‘Holy’. I could ramble on page after page after page about this band so I will try to keep it as short as possible!

I really enjoyed the synths live as I had never heard anything like that before. Hearing the songs live was a really great experience for me because I got to see it all happen during the set.

The drummer Justin Nace was incredible! He was so energetic and flawless. I don’t normally pay a lot of attention towards drummers because I’m normally fixated by the vocalist but I really enjoyed listening to and watching Justin play. (The same goes for Brian MacDonald the bassist and Alex Babinski the guitarist)

I loved how I listened to them as a band and wanted to see all of them an equal amount. This doesn’t ever happen to me. I normally just want to see and hear the vocalist with a little background band but not PVRIS!

If I had to describe my experience in three words it would be ‘captivating’, ‘amazing’ and ‘special’.

I definitely had the best night of my life including the DJ set at District done by Brian, bassist of PVRIS.