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PVT (PIVOT)

Post Rock/Math rock • Australia


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This Sydney (Australia) based post-rock act first came to be in 1999, when brothers Laurenz and Richard Pike created Pivot in order to play "wordless music". However, their highly acclaimed debut album would only see the light of day six long years later - the brothers worked on it relentlessly for four years with Richard Pike as the producer. By 2001 the group had grown significantly into a 5-member band.

The eagerly awaited "Make Me Love You" was finally released in 2005. It succesfully flirted with Tortoise-esque jazzy, yet subtle post-rock, electronica and minimalism without losing the sight of their own musical identity. The album was a critical success, and later that year it was nominated for Triple J's award (album of the year). After the second album (released in 2008), the band had to change the name to PVT because of legal complications.

Pivot's rather unstable line-up would go through big changes as time progressed - Dave Miller, an electronica artist originally hailing from Perth was added to their line-up towards the end of 2005. Currently the line-up consists of only three members; Dave Miller and the Pike brothers. Pivot's second album, due out later this year (2007), was mixed by the legendary John McEntire (of Tortoise / The Sea and Cake fame) in Chicago, Illinois.

The Pike brothers have been rather active on other fronts as well, they seem to be associated in one way or the other with the following musical acts: Triosk, Flanger, Savalas Savalas and Roam the Hello Clouds.

Pivot comes highly recommended to fans of post-rock from the experimental end of the spectrum - Tortoise, The Samuel Jackson Five and to a lesser extent Jaga Jazzist. Only time will tell what the future holds for this highly promising band.

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3.00 | 3 ratings
Make Me Love You
2005
3.95 | 2 ratings
O Soundtrack My Heart
2008
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Church With No Magic
2010

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PVT (Pivot) Post Rock/Math rock

Review by zravkapt
Special Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

4 stars Pivot (sometimes known as PVT) are a post-rock group from Australia. This is their second album and the only one I have heard. Some have referred to them as a "math-rock" band, and others as a "Post-rock" group. To me, they sound more electronic than either genre. John McEntire of Tortoise mixed this album, something he seems to have done a lot of in the 2000s. Compared to earlier releases, this album only features three members: the Pike brothers and electronic artist Dave Miller. Although I guess technically post-rock, there is strong IDM and hip-hop influences here. Some of the songs have jagged, start/stop type beats. This is instrumetnal music but there are sometimes "ahh" type vocals, but I am not sure if they are "real" or not.

"In The Blood" has a great low-budget video for this song. One of the better songs on the album. The song is based around a great bass synth riff, with some more melodic synths coming and going. A steady drumbeat with programmed electronic percussion accents here and there. Cool almost atonal guitar playing which sounds improvised. The title track begins with a synth melody that sounds like it could have come from an old Nintendo game. Then it goes sort of ambient reggae before the melody returns, but now on guitar. After it goes into a rocking riff with guitars and drums playing in unison. Later gets more typical post-rocky but with a steady beat. Some cool handclap sounds later on as the opening melody is reprised. The sound is now reggae-rock.

"Fool In Rain" is an electronic and ambient piece with great synths and a steady beat on drum machine. "Sweet Memory" is a highlight. Starts off with a steady one-string bass line and drums before a mellower part with guitar. It's sometimes hard to tell what is actual drumming and what is programmed drumming. Goes into a type of riff in the middle. Towards the end changes to a slower paced bass synth heavy part which is terrific. Guitars and drums get more rocking at the very end. "Didn't I Furious" is based around a repetative weird synth riff. Atonal distorted guitar plays over top of it. The guitar gets more riff-y off and on. Cool synth-generated effects throughout the song.

"Epsilon" is another highlight. Atmospheric volume pedal effects from guitar play over top of weird programmed synth sounds. A little bit of bass and some minimal electronic percussion join in. More sounds get added. Halfway goes into a great power-pop/New Wave sounding part that sounds like something from an old Nintendo game until the guitar comes in. Some interesting overdubbed drumming as the guitar plays something in between a riff and a solo. Just a great song overall. The last song is kind of boring and brings down the quality of the album a bit; but it is the last song.

Great album. I don't think they have followed this up yet. As far as I know they have not disbanded. Hard to say who to recommend this to, but if you like post-rock which flirts with electronica and places importance on the rhythm section, this may be for you. I like how most of the songs kind of blend into each other, yet are not segued at all. Anyway, I'll give this 4 stars.

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