PVT in the Vernors Room

doors at 8PM
tickets: $5 (buy tickets)


PVT: When Warp records founder Steve Beckett signed an unknown band from Sydney in early 2008, based on the strength of their album O Soundtrack My Heart - a seething instrumental mass of post-punk guitars, brutal drums and bass-heavy electronics - you could forgive him for being a little taken aback when only 18 months later they returned to his office with the follow up – Church With No Magic, a new vocal-lead direction for the band, and arguably one of the most ambitious experimental rock records to ever come out their native Australia. Their efforts would take the form of an album that builds upon the anthemic synth-driven instrumental movements for which PVT is renowned, along with the power of their visceral live shows. The sound has been brilliantly tempered and expanded by the trio into brooding, melancholic experimental pop - an amalgam of rock synthesis, propulsive rhythms and huge melodic strength. It’s a dark and expansive sound that PVT has made substantial movements on this record to make their own.

Church With No Magic represents a band not afraid to risk its hand for sake of something new. It’s this inventiveness and fearlessness that first attracted Warp records to make PVT their first Australian signing.

With Church With No Magic, PVT has undergone a literal and sonic transformation. It’s a truly modern-sounding album that takes their music in directions both challenging and more accessible. It’s music that captures the contemporary struggle for sincerity, a saturation of communication and an excess of access in our world. Yet, despite its often sinister and mechanical facade, there still emerges a very human quality at the heart of it.


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