Plus watch live sessions, hear Luke Abbot rework
Following on from their recent sold out Australian tour, Sydney’s finest, PVT, have announced more May UK shows in support of their latest album ‘Homosapien’. The electronic band now kick off their shows at the Camden Crawl in Dublin on the 4th May, playing London Land Of Kings festival the next day, then working their way across Europe to finish up with a new headline show on the 30th May at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen. Full details of the shows are below.
Yesterday Stereogum premiered a remix by The Antlers of album track ‘Nightfall’, stream their spacey minimal rework here:
To get ready for the imminent PVT UK shows, you can watch a couple of superb live sessions recorded at Sydney’s Studios 301 last month.
Watch ‘Nightfall’ Live at Studios 301:
Watch ‘Shiver’ Live at Studios 301:
Hear Luke Abbott’s juddering, minimal take on ‘Vertigo’ as recently featured by The 405 and Rolling Stone:
Stream PVT’s fourth album ‘Homosapien’ in all its crossover glory, described as the band’s most human and accessible record to date:
‘Homosapien’ has scored PVT a royal flush of radio ‘album of the weeks’ across their Australian homeland. Along with impressive responses from US and European media, the outstanding reaction to the album is testament to the band’s mercurial ability to successfully develop their music.
Last we heard of Australian three-piece PVT, they were exploring the outer reaches of electronic rock with their 2010 album ‘Church With No Magic’. The Australian trio have forged a distinguished career out of making genre-bending guitar music, carving themselves a reputation as sonic innovators, and in 2008 becoming the first band from their homeland to sign to iconic label Warp. All of which makes their new album ‘Homosapien – and Felte debut — a startling listen.
The difference is apparent from the instant you hit play on the Ben Hillier-produced (Depeche Mode, Blur) ‘Homosapien’: Richard Pike is singing. PVT’s records have featured vocals in the past of course, but this is the first release that’s placed Pike front and centre as a bona fide frontman. The change provides PVT’s music with a focal point that allows ‘Homosapien’ to be more open, more intimate and yet also more direct than its predecessors. This is the document of a band as close as ever to defining ‘their sound’: a seamless collage of instruments, electronics, old keyboards and machines, and Pike’s voice.
PVT’s sound has already been described as a “futuristic INXS”, a sonic collision of machine and man, and indeed, ‘Homosapien’ does sound like pop music from some distant future where songcraft is as important as glitz and glamour. That’s not to say that PVT have abandoned the spirit of musical adventure that’s characterized their back catalogue: ‘Homosapien’ is as full of nuance and texture as anything the band have ever recorded, from floating opener ‘Shiver’, to the gothic, cathedral-like jigsaw of ‘Electric’, 3-D love song ‘Vertigo’, or the throbbing vintage drum machines and found-sound samples of ‘Evolution’ and ‘Nightfall’.
Overall, the new record documents PVT at their most focussed, making this their most song-driven and spacious album to date. Along with a renewed sense of identity and space, it would appear that in ‘Homosapien’, PVT have also found their humanity.
Buy ‘Homosapien’ at Felte’s website.
PVT’s ‘Homosapien’ is out now worldwide on Felte, Modulor in France and in Australia/New Zealand on Create Control
PVT UK and European Live Dates:
4th May Dublin, Ireland @ Meteor Camden Crawl Dublin
5th May London, UK @ Land Of Kings Festival
10th May Tourcoing, France @ Le Grand Mix w/ Suuns
12th May Dordrecht, The Netherlands @ UE Festival
15th May Paris, France @ La Flèche D’Or
16th May Strasbourg, France @ La Laiterie
18th May Brussels, Belgium @ La Chocolaterie
21st May Berlin, Germany @ Prince Charles
22nd May Tilburg, The Netherlands @ 013
25th May Reykjavik, Iceland @ Reykjavik Music Mess
30th May London, UK @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
“… terrific… a coiling gothica sci-fi soundtrack that cocoons Richard Pike’s echo-soaked vocal amid pulsing, binary-code electronics. 8/10.” NME
“some truly sparkling moments” Rolling Stone
“The sound of Vangelis clubbing with Talking Heads in 1982, and it sounds fresh… PVT are still riving.” The Fly
“‘Homosapien’ is evolution at its finest point, with sonic combinations that can stop you dead in your tracks to ponder the production…” The Line Of Best Fit
“PVT have made an album that honourably drifts away from their cosmic soundscapes for something more sharp and immediate – a 21st Century appropriation of guitar rock and computer love.” Beat Magazine, Album Of The Week