REVIEW: PVRIS at Terminal 5 in NYC

Boston-area rockers PVRIS brought their North American tour to enemy territory – because our rivalry with Beantown extends even to music – for a sold-out show at New York’s Terminal 5 on Tuesday night where the band would rock the capacity crowd with 14 or so tunes old and new a performance the likes of which would make anyone a fan of an otherwise under-the-radar band. PVRIS doesn’t really fit the mold of rock n roll, they’re more pop-rock with a mix of electropop and alt rock,  but that doesn’t stop them from putting on a good ol’ rock show for their fans.

With only two albums, their repertoire is obvious limited and will no doubt grow as the band does, but what they are able to offer up from their debut album White Noise and their just-released second effort All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell combine for an excellent selection of music from this Lowell, Mass band. Much as it pains me to admit to liking anything from Boston other than the band and Boston Creme Donuts, PVRIS are on their way to being the next big thing to come out of the greater Boston area as they’ve already sold out Terminal 5 in their fledgling career, and around here the story goes something like this: if you can sell out T5, you’re ready for arenas.

PVRIS is getting close to being ready for arena shows, with songs like Heaven, St. Patrick, Holy, Same Soul, Fire and No Mercy, their upbeat pop-rock show is one to watch and with their target demographic flocking to see them in droves, thy sky’s the limit and the band’s next step may very well be selling out arenas. There is no bigger year-round venue than T5 here in NYC, with its multi-level 3,200 capacity which PVRIS was able to pack easily. Maybe the 5,000 capacity Ford Ampitheater on the beach in Coney Island could be next in the summer of ’18, but they’re getting close to arena status and if they keep putting out music as good as what they’ve got so far, they’re going to need a bigger boat in the very near future.

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