Of all the holidays that we should enjoy, Valentine’s Day is easily the most polarizing and subjectively beneficial/detrimental. After all, those who have someone with whom to rejoice still feel pressure to celebrate properly, while singles may feel entirely ostracized and lonely during the entire day. Either way, many Philadelphians are looking for a fun way to spend the fourteenth, and with so many rewarding music venues in the area, there are plenty of diverse options. For example, the Electric Factory is welcoming Pierce the Veil—as well as Sleeping with Sirens, Pvris, and Mallory Knox—next Saturday and Sunday. Whether you want to commemorate your affection for a person or for music, it’ll be a fine way to fill either evening.
A post-hardcore quartet from California, Pierce the Veil was started by brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes in 2007, following the end of their former outfit, Before Today (also known as Early Times). Thus far, they’ve released three studio albums: A Flair for the Dramatic (2007), Selfish Machines (2010), and Collide with the Sky (2012). In addition, they released a tour documentary called This is a Wasteland last year, which won the “Best Film/Video” category at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, and they’re currently working on a fourth collection. As for tours, they’ve appeared on many notable festivals, such as Vans Warped Tour and SXSW, as well as performed with acts like All Time Low, Miss May I, and A Day to Remember.
Stylistic sibling Sleeping with Sirens hails from Orlando, Florida and began in 2009. Like Pierce the Veil, they’ve released three full-lengths (With Ears to See and Eyes to Hear, Let’s Cheers to This, and Feel) so far, as well as an acoustic EP called If You Were a Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack. Next month, they’ll issue a new record, Madness, whose first single, “Kick Me,” has received praise from Under the Gun editor James Shotwell. They appeared on Vans Warped Tour too, and have been covered extensively in Alternative Press.
Both Pvris and Mallory Knox will delight too. The former is an alternative trio comprised of Lynn Gunn (guitar/vocals/keys), Alex Babinski (guitar/keys), and Brian MacDonald (bass/keys). Both their four song EP, Acoustic, and their debut full-length, White Noise, came out last year. Meanwhile, Mallory Knox is an altrock quintet from England whose 2013 initial release, Signals, reached #33 in the UK album charts; likewise, last year’s successor, Asymmetry, has earned similarly favorable reactions.
Both nights begin at 7:00 PM and are appropriate for all ages. Also, tickets cost between $30 and $35.