NEWS: PVT Announce First Australian Headline Shows In Two Years


PVT have just reissued their album Make Me Love You on its tenth anniversary and they’ve just announced they’ll be playing two headline shows to make said anniversary.

The Make Me Love You – 10th Anniversary Edition is out now on limited edition 180 gram clear vinyl with original art, as well as digital release. As a bonus you can also get You Make Me Love – B-Sides & Demos 2003-2005, a whole album of previously unreleased tracks from the early years, free with the vinyl purchase or available on CD. Both are available now from

THU 05 NOV  – Newtown Social Club, Sydney w/ Gold Class
MON 16 NOV – MMW Flagship Venue: The Former Royal Women’s Hospital w/ Kirkis & Pearls

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ALBUM REVIEW: PVT | Homosapien

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by Chris Familton

Rating6.5altthumb.php_PVT have seemingly been a band in transition for their last couple of albums. Primarily that sense of flux has arisen from the necessity of a name change to avoid conflict with another Pivot and also due to the nature of the evolution of their songwriting and the increased focus on the vocals of Richard Pike, one of the defining aspects, for better or worse, of their new album Homosapien.

In the past the trio’s music has felt like an electronic landscape rotating around and circling the superb drumming ability of Laurence Pike. The overwhelming traits of their earlier albums drew from post rock, acid jazz and clinical breakbeat electronic music so the shift to a more cohesive focus on music made by synths, sequencers and digital effects makes for a more uniquely PVT sounding record.

Pike is still a driving force behind the kit but here his playing sits more comfortably with its surrounding tech accompaniment. His drums sound less beaten by the human hand and more cybernetic and futuristic. It isn’t until the third track Electric where we hear the first real semblance of an acoustic kit. The song (and its neighbour Cold Romance) are two of the album’s highlights, offering up a dark, brooding mood broken up by serrated synth runs and unsettling backing vocals. It brings to mind some of the more subtle highlights of Depeche Mode’s discography as it battles pop and the avant-garde with a retro futurist palette.

Richard Pike’s vocals give the album a human angle for the listener to grab hold of but his isn’t the most exciting or memorable of voices. It tends to switch between styles which blurs the personality behind the notes and words. Love & Defeat places him as an 80s crooner in the vein of Iva Davies (Icehouse) while the title track sees his voice chopped and treated like a sampled sound. On Casual Success Pike is a dead ringer for The Rapture or James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and combined with the other stylistic vagaries the end result is quite a disjointed listening experience that never seems to gather momentum or a thematic impetus.

Any criticism of the vocal aspect of PVT’s music should be tempered by the fact that musically this is their most accomplished release. The way they manipulate mood and tension is a reflection of their maturity and ability to capture and filter their influences. The extremes on Homosapien, from the bleep and clatter of Nightfall to the pseudo ambient closer Ziggurat and everything in between shows range and ambition which should be applauded alongside the mixing of the album by Ben Hillier who has worked with Depeche Mode, Doves and Elbow.

In their efforts to hit the intersection point between Grizzly Bear, Radiohead and the sound of many artists that appear on the Warp label, PVT have made an accomplished album but one that has a strangely vacant core. It doesn’t create emotional attachment or any particular peaks that will have the listener enthusing to friends about its wow factor. Homosapien may take its name from a term used to describe modern man but in this case it is half man, half machine, deprogrammed of its heart and soul.

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NEWS: PVT release new song and announce international tour dates

PVT have been working on their new fourth album and have just released the first song and opening track from it, the slow  build, kosmiche vibe of Shivers. Check out the video below and if you are in USA, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia you can also catch them live as they play a ton of dates with Menomena, Bloc Party and Gotye.


U.S.A & Canada

Sep 26 San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 Club w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Sep 27 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Sep 28 San Diego, CA – Casbah w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Sep 29 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Oct 02 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Oct 03 Austin, TX – Parish w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Oct 04 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Oct 05 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Oct 06 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Oct 09 Washington, DC – Black Cat w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Oct 10 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Oct 11 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Oct 12 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Oct 13 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Oct 16 Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Oct 17 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Oct 18 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Oct 19 Chicago, IL – Metro w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Oct 20 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Oct 23 Boise, ID – Neurolux w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Oct 25 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
Oct 26 Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market w/ Menomena – Buy Tickets
U.K & Europe

Nov 03 Nantes, FRANCE – Le Stereolux w/ Bloc Party – Buy Tickets
Nov 04 Lyon, FRANCE – Le Transbordeur w/ Bloc Party – Buy Tickets
Nov 05 Bordeaux, FRANCE – Le Rocher de Palmer w/ Bloc Party – Buy Tickets
Nov 07 Toulouse, FRANCE – Le Bikini w/ Bloc Party – Buy Tickets
Nov 08 Milan, ITALY – Alcatraz w/ Bloc Party – Buy Tickets
Nov 11 Hamburg, GERMANY – Docks w/ Bloc Party – Buy Tickets
Nov 12 Stuttgart, GERMANY – Theatrehaus w/ Bloc Party – Buy Tickets
Nov 13 Dresden, GERMANY – Eventwerk w/ Bloc Party – Buy Tickets
Nov 15 Munich, GERMANY – Tonhalle w/ Bloc Party – Buy Tickets
Nov 18 Copenhagen, DENMARK – Vega w/ Bloc Party – Buy Tickets
Nov 19 Stockholm, SWEDEN – Munich Brewery w/ Bloc Party – Buy Tickets
Nov 20 Oslo, NORWAY – Rockafeller w/ Bloc Party – Buy Tickets

Dec 06 Adelaide, SA – Adelaide Entertainment Centre w/ Gotye – Buy Tickets
Dec 08 Melbourne, VIC – Sidney Myer Music Bowl w/ Gotye – Buy Tickets
Dec 12 Brisbane, QLD – Riverstage w/ Gotye – Buy Tickets
Dec 14 Sydney, NSW – Sydney Entertainment Centre w/ Gotye – Buy Tickets

NEWS: 2012 Vivid LIVE Festival Program Announced…

This year the Sydney Opera House based festival Vivid LIVE has done away with a guest curator, in the past using Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno and others. From 2012 onward the festival will be overseen by the Sydney Opera House’s programming team, led by Head of Contemporary Music, Fergus Linehan as Festival Director.

The full line-up for this year has been announced today and it feels like there is a decidedly contemporary if not futuristic angle to much of the music.

  • Karen O and KK Barrett’s Stop the Virgens
  • Florence+the Machine
  • The Temper Trap
  • Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, and Bryce Dessner
  • Janelle Monae and the Anchandroid Orchestra
  • Amon Tobin’s ISAM
  • Efterklang and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • PVT
  • LCD Soundsystem’s Shut Up & Play The Hits (Australian Film Premiere)
  • My Brightest Diamond
  • Seekae
  • Nights Like This w/ Danny Brown and MED
  • Modular Night w/ Tom Vek, Jonathan Boulet, and Kindness
  • FBI/Penny Drop Party w/ Zola Jesus, Light Asylum, and Forces
  • Imogen Heap
  • Good God Danceteria!
  • Future Classic Party – line-up TBA

Vivid LIVE takes place at the Sydney Opera House 25th May – 3rd June 2012.