It’s always a privilege to witness a band get better and better. Even more so when you’re dealing with a band that seems to smash through its own ceiling every time they release a new song. From 2019’s Speedy Wunderground debut ‘Divine Intervention’, to their stunning ‘Toner’ EP, and the singles leading up to their highly anticipated album, PVA have surely developed into one of the country’s most rewarding acts to keep track of.
Having found a seamless match with envelope-pushing label Ninja Tune, brand new single ‘Bad Dad’ sees the three-piece combine energetic electronics, with moody synth-pop. It’s a skill the South London trio hone a little bit more with each track they release. Up to the point where the different elements at play here, can’t really be distinguished from one another anymore.
The same goes for the variety of moods that PVA conveys within three and a half minutes. ‘Bad Dad’ is full of adrenaline, but there’s always a sinister and unnerving undertone to what PVA do. As has become a given with their music, ‘Bad Dad’ slowly unearths several layers of intricate thoughts and emotions; whilst at the surface, remaining a gem that you couldn’t help but lose your mind to on a dancefloor. No wonder then, that PVA recently received an AIM Award nomination for Best Live Performers. This is that rare type of band that can make your mind and body move at once.
Photo by Sebastian Kapfhammer
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