PVRIS – USE ME

The third album from PVRIS moves them from a pop rock trio to a genre bending duo (with the recent announcement). This album marks a separation from PVRIS’ emo roots to an excellent writer capable from controlling the mood from herself into her songs.

The album as whole feels like the journey through a break up. Gimme A Minute talks about a lot of changes and brings a bit more chaos but is really asking for a moment of clarity.

It feels good to be alive but I hate my life.

Lynn writes about how emotions are constantly swinging from one to another. Stay Gold is about wanting to write a song about someone but not making them that important. Wish You Well is a final moving on piece, about having no bad feelings, sort of a letting go.

These songs all bring a bit more energy and more of a rock sound we are used to. They still however blend in punk, pop, electro beats for a unique sound. With Lynns powerful vocals they have carved out a unique sound.

Lynn Gunn from Instagram

The albums title song Use Me has hip hop influences throughout and shows the experimentation within PVRIS but fits well into the end of the album.

Overall expect a bit of everything within this album. Lynn’s song writing is excellent and the production is high. It possibly marks the end of PVRIS and the start of Lynn as a powerhouse in the scene.

Pink Elephant – Stand Atlantic

Hear me out, it’s another album review but this is a banger.

The album is familiar to Stand Atlantics punk rock sound with a bunch of punchy energetic songs to kick us off before mellowing out to more lyric driven pop rock songs.

Stand Atlantic kick us off immediately with ‘Like That’ possibly my favourite from the album, with a catchy melody and heavy on the punkish rock. This showcases the band at their best when they drive up the energy and pop rock influence to deliver an excellent vibe.

The best tracks come when they repeat this formula over in records such as Shh!, Wavelength and Blurry.

Their rise is through the punk rock scene has been steady and this album will give them a little boost but doesn’t stand out from the crowd. That’s not to say that it is anyway bad.

Some of the tracks offer less of what makes Stand Atlantic great such as Soap or DWYW and begin to feel generic. Some of the energy is still there but lack that bit of passion we see with the likes of Wavelength.

Silk & Satin is another song that I really like, although its different but familiar to long time fans. It’s more of a throwback to their earlier Sidewinder EP and feels well written

Overall this is a very good 33 minutes. Its Stand Atlantics best record to date and shows growth both lyrically and musically. I’d love to see it on tour as I reckon it makes for some great gigs.

Neck Deep – All Distortions are Intentional

Neck Deep’s 4th full studio album is an easy listen with some excellent craftsmanship they have clearly gained over their many years.

The album is their punk rock/ pop rock style and stays within their comfort zone. This is what makes it a well made album. If you’re good at something don’t change.

My favourite from the album is Fall, the second track. It’s a bit darker in its tone but I love the melody. It’s about getting wasted because things might not be great but finding hope when doing so.

A thousand miles doesn’t seem so complicated, across the airwaves, with our connection.

Little Dove

Neck Deep have a way of writing that is great. This album is a story and draws on songs from The Peace and the Panic (excellent btw) and uses them to build a bigger story than the smaller ones we’re used to.

At around 45 minutes and 12 tracks it’s well worth a listen.