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PVRIS (pronounced Paris) is an American rock band from Lowell, Massachusetts formed by members Lyndsey Gunnulfsen, Alex Babinski, Brian MacDonald, Brad Griffin and Kyle Anthony in 2012. The band formed originally under the name "Paris" but later changed it to "PVRIS" in the summer of 2013 citing legal reasons. They have released a self-titled EP, an acoustic EP and a debut full-length entitled White Noise released November 4, 2014.
In June 2014 they announced that they were signed to Rise/Velocity Records and released their single "St. Patrick" on June 20, 2014 along with a music video.
2012-14: Formation - Rise Records
Formed by Lyndsey Gunnulfsen, Brad Griffin and Kyle Anthony, who were all once part of a local post-hardcore band "Operation Guillotine", This band also featured Tom Roy on bass guitar, and Alex Whiting on lead guitar. However, the band broke up in 2011 and Lyndsey Gunnulfsen, Brad Griffin & Kyle Anthony went to form PVRIS in 2012, along with Alex Babinski a former guitarist of "I Am The Fallen" and Brian Macdonald. PVRIS began their steady climb to success in late 2012-early 2013. Kyle Anthony decided to leave the band shortly after their formation. On March 26, 2013, PVRIS released their self-titled EP. Shortly thereafter, PVRIS also announced their sponsorship by Stheart Clothing on April 11, 2013. They played sporadic shows through the Spring, including a successful mini-tour with Love, Robot.
During the summer of 2013 PVRIS earned their way onto the Ernie Ball Stage of the Vans Warped Tour in both Mansfield, MA & Hartford, CT. It was also during this time that they officially changed their name from 'Paris' to 'PVRIS' citing legal reasons, which was made official on July 26.
On September 1, 2013 PVRIS announced they would be joining The Rise Up Tour with A Skylit Drive, For All Those Sleeping, Wolves At The Gate (band), I the Mighty, and limited runs by Sylar and Incredible Me from October 2, 2013 to October 26, 2013. This marked their first full United States tour as a band and garnered them a great deal of attention as a result. Shortly after the end of the tour, they parted ways with their drummer Brad Griffin, and continued as a trio. PVRIS began teasing fans that they would soon be hitting the studio to write and record new material around this time.
That recording process began in December when PVRIS entered the studio with Blake Harnage of Versa. They remained relatively quiet during this time and headed into the new year, creating an atmosphere of mystery and excitement surrounding their new material. On February 7, 2014 they officially announced that they were apart of an Acoustic 4 Way Split with A Loss For Words, Wind In Sails and After Tonight which was set to release on April 1, 2014. Coinciding with the release of their Acoustic EP PVRIS joined A Loss For Words, Veara, City Lights, and Moms on the 5th anniversary of The Kids Can't Lose Tour from March 29, 2014 to April 13, 2014.
In June 2014 PVRIS sought to make their biggest splash yet with a series of announcements that would be their next step forward. On June 18 PVRIS announced their signing to Rise/Velocity Records, making them the first and only female fronted band with the label. Following that PVRIS released the first single off of their upcoming album "St. Patrick", on June 20. In an interview with The Huffington Post Lyndsey elaborated on the excitement that came with being able to release new music to the public. "We've been waiting over six months to release anything... It feels incredible to finally unleash it to the world. So many more people are into it than we even imagined!" When asked about simultaneously making history with Rise Records Lyndsey stated: "It means I have to be a boss... It feels totally awesome."
From July 2, 2014 through July 14, 2014 PVRIS was a supporting act on Vans Warped Tour 2014 after their success playing select dates the previous summer. During their time spent on Warped Tour The Huffington Post released a second article listing them as one of "18 Artists You Need To Know Halfway Through 2014". "Lynn Gunn is a force that cannot be denied, redolently poignant in both her most excitable and serene vocalizations. The first female-led signing of Rise Records, a label that has almost implausibly made metalcore music equally accessible and desirable, the label may have just made its smartest acquisition yet."
On August 4, 2014 PVRIS officially announced that they would be supporting Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive, & Major League on the Honeymoon Tour from October 14, 2014 through November 14th, 2014. This will mark their second full U.S. tour, and speculation by many suggests that they will release their full length album around the Honeymoon Tour. On August 22 PVRIS released "The Empty Room Sessions" version of St. Patrick, a stripped down version of their single, on iTunes, which had previously been released with a music video on July 16.
PVRIS joined Emarosa, Beautiful Bodies, and Too Close to Touch on the Up Close & Personal Tour from September 6, 2014 to September 9, 2014 which was in direct support of Emarosa's upcoming release Versus. PVRIS also joined the Ice Grills 2014 Tour in Japan from September 16, 2014 to September 21, 2014. The tour featured Lyndsey and Brian playing with A Loss For Words, State Champs, as well as PVRIS providing acoustic support.
On September 22, 2014 PVRIS announced their debut album "White Noise" due for release on November 4, 2014. The following day, PVRIS released a second single, as well as a music video for "My House" off the upcoming album "White Noise". On October 6, 2014 PVRIS released "The Empty Room Sessions" of My House. On October 16, 2014 PVRIS released their third single, the self titled track "White Noise" off of their upcoming debut album.
On November 10, 2014 it was announced that PVRIS would be supporting Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens on the second leg of their World Tour, and Mallory Knox will also be supporting them. The tour runs from January 23 to March 4, starting in San Diego and ending in Oklahoma City.