Sydney's finest, PVT, have announced details of a full UK and European tour in May in support of their latest album 'Homosapien'. The band begin their live run at London Land Of Kings festival on the 5th May, working their way across Europe on the dates below.
'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.
5th May London, UK @ Land Of Kings Festival
10th May Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix w/ Suuns
12th May Dordrecht, The Netherlands @ UE Festival
15th May Paris, FR @ La Flèche D'or
16th May Strasbourg, La Laiterie
18th May Brussels, @ La Chocolaterie
25th May Iceland, @ Reykjavik Music Mess
Recently, PVT discreetly slipped a remix of 'Vertigo' onto the internets, as reworked by Norwich techno artist Luke Abbott. Hear Abbott's juddering, minimal take as featured by The 405 and Rolling Stone: