Riding the high of their latest release, "All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell", PVRIS continued their headlining tour on October 6th with a concert at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, Tennesse. Playing in front of a dedicated and loyal fanbase, Lynn Gunn and the rest of PVRIS put on a highly charged show that displayed why the band continues to grow in popularity and influence.
Fair warning that this recap is going to be even more personal than normal...
This was my first show and concert to photograph in Nashville, and it was well worth the 3 hour drive up and back I-65. I wouldn't have made the trip for just any act. This marked my fifth time to photograph PVRIS and continued my streak of photographing them at least once a year since I first saw them in 2015. I had gotten worried I wouldn't be able to catch them in 2017, but, thankfully, the approval for this show materalized.
In a week where I lost my favorite musician of all time, Tom Petty, it was nice to close it out by photographing one of my favorite bands. This concert photography game has turned me on to a lot of bands I wasn't previously aware of, but PVRIS is the best example of that situation. Their music just clicked and registered with me the first time I heard it back in 2015 when they opened for Pierce The Veil in Atlanta, and I've been hooked ever since. I've seen and photographed them just as they were really getting hot at the Warped Tour, in an arena setting as support for Fall Out Boy, and their first headlining tour last year.
Compared to the previous times I saw them, this show in Nashville did not disappoint. The three songs I got to photograph included a sizzling rendition of "Heaven" off the new album and then the "White Noise" favorites, "St. Patrick" and "Smoke". The performance of the band and the production on stage made all three songs great to hear live and great to photograph. As I was leaving the venue, I even got to hear "Fire", my favorite song from the band. It was a great way to cap the evening and another night photographing PVRIS. Hopefully, when 2018 comes around, I'll get to photograph them in that year as well.
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