This review was written for and was originally posted to Louderthanwar.com on 19/05/2013.
PVT The Button Factory, Dublin May 4th 2013
Australian experimentalists PVT are on tour in Europe – Chris Ledwidge caught their show in Dublin.
Camden Crawl Dublin is a strange little mini festival. Your ticket gets you either a one or two day pass which allows you in to any show in any of 13 venues across the city. Some bands play in intimate acoustic based shows such as the Ruby Sessions stage, held at the Unitarian church, or in smallish pub venues and some are in much larger venues like Whelan’s or The Button Factory where I was tonight to see PVT.
I say Camden Crawl is a strange thing because until late in the night some venues seem to empty out between acts as fans move around the city to other venues to catch the bands they are most interested in. This leaves every performance with the feeling of a support band trying to get a crowd to pay attention and stay until the end of their set.
PVT were the third band on in the Button Factory at 9pm and I know there were good crowds in the venue when the previous two bands, Swords and Ships played at 7pm and 8pm but just as PVT came on stage the main floor was very bare.
Things steadily picked up as the crowd filtered in though most remained static until the last few songs of the set although a few enthusiastic fans up front were definitely enjoying the show throughout. PVT’s electronic based music has always been pitched on the calmer end of the spectrum and these quieter moments kept a quiet atmosphere for most of the set.
Some of this might be down to the electronic nature of the music, as opposed to the energy that a full live band can give to react to a crowd. Things did eventually liven up and highlights of the 45 minute set came towards the end and these were Shiver, Window and final song, Homosapien, the title track of the new album released earlier this year.