As PVRIS make their debut voyage to the UK, Ali Shutler learns that this trio are anything but faint of heart when it comes to their
“We want to be one of the biggest bands ever”
ust envisage it, believe in yourself and never stop hustling,” is the advice that falls so readily from the mouth of Lynn Gunn. “Never stop working towards it and one day, you’ll magically find yourself there.” The PVRIS vocalist knows a thing or two about magic. Formed in 2012 from the ruins of other musical projects, Gunn, Alex Babinski and Brian Macdonald have settled into a rhythm that’s seen them sign to Rise Records, stave off legal disputes and release their superb debut album last November. ‘White Noise’ is a dark fairytale, heavy in smouldering synths and narrated by devastatingly powerful honesty. “We didn’t think it would happen this
quickly,” admits Lynn of her band’s upwards trajectory. ‘St Patrick’, the lead single from that debut and the first real glimpse at the band PVRIS had become is still less than a year old. “We’re super proud of the songs we made but we weren’t sure how other people would take to it,” she recalls - a slither of time already laying those concerns to rest. The electronic infused rock that sits at the heart of ‘White Noise’ only came to the forefront after the band teamed up with Versa’s Blake Harnage in the studio. “I don’t think we found ourselves,” starts Lynn. “Because we always knew we wanted this style and this direction but we never really had the confidence to do that. With this record though, we finally have the assurance to know that
we can make it work.” It’s a record that’s caused waves and drawn attention but the three-piece are just getting started in the spotlight. “We’re inspired by so many different genres and styles I think it just came together naturally without thinking too much about it. I think the record has done a good job at leaving it open ended for whatever possible direction we go in next, because it’s very dynamic and it touches on a lot of different spectrums and styles that we could go in,” Lynn ventures. “I’m always really inspired by dark things and the supernatural for some reason,” explains Lynn. “Ghosts, paranormal stuff, death, anger, sadness,” she lists before taking a brief pause as a realisation dawns. “Well, anything that’s not happy basically
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