Say Hello To Your New Favourite Electro Rock Band... PVRIS
Get acquainted with the mysteriously awesome PVRIS before they become the biggest thing in rock...
Mega rockstars need a name that befits their status; think Ozzy Osbourne, Jared Leto, Kurt Cobain. Well, there is a new name to (potentially) add to that list: Lynn Gunn. Ok, so it's technically Lyndsey Gunnulfsen, but Lynn Gunn sounds way cooler.
By all accounts, the frontwoman of the rock-meets-electronic-meets-pop trio PVRIS (her bandmates are Alex Babinski and Brian Macdonald) could be headed straight for the bigtime. They haven't even been to the UK yet, but their debut headline shows in April have already sold out. “We have definitely, suddenly noticed a whole lot more interest from you guys,” Lynn says, speaking to MTV on the phone from her home in snowy Massachusetts. “We are getting played on the radio over there, we see what all the kids are saying on social media and we are all like, 'what's going on?!' It's awesome.”
PVRIS' debut album, White Noise, was a late entry to many 'Best Albums of the Year' lists, having only come out in November. It's a weird combination of catchy hooks, epic drums and some seriously intense 'feels'. “We think it's important to have intensity and power and rawness in what you are singing about, so no matter what, we try to incorporate that emotion,” Lynn explains. “For me, songwriting is a way to release things and let go of them. The fact that I can sing it in a song and then have kids listen to it, sing it back to us and tell us that they relate to the same things that I felt, and that it helps them, makes it not scary for me to put my personal experience out there.”
For fans of The Neighbourhood, CHVRCHES and Paramore, PVRIS are the best thing since sliced bread – they have a similarly addictive combination of dark rockiness and soaring vocals. In fact, without Paramore, there might not have even been PVRIS. “I saw them when I was in the seventh grade, they were in the 'Riot' album era and I just thought, 'She's like, little! She's a teenager! She's running around there and kicking ass, and if she can do that, I can do that!'” Lynn remembers, thinking back to the first time she witnessed Hayley Williams in action.
A lot has changed since Lynn, Alex and Brian first started making music together – they were in heavier rock bands before PVRIS came to fruition. “I was really timid and awkward and would never speak on stage,” Lynn tells us. “But over time, when we realised we could actually do this, then that gave us all a lot of faith in what we are doing. We are not cocky people, we are not snobby, but we are confident and proud of PVRIS. That definitely carried over into my live performance.”
For those of us who haven't yet witnessed Lynn in action, her future rockstar status is plain to see in the band's videos for 'St Patrick' and 'My House'. The latter shows all three band members stomping around a suburban home as well as showing off their best underwater moves in a dark swimming pool. “We were shooting those pool scenes in Northern California around March, at night, and we realised it was a lot harder to be in the water and have a cool face on, not look like an idiot, and sink down, when it's so cold! It was hilarious, but freezing and miserable at the same time. We were in the pool for three or four hours, but it was worth it because it came out looking pretty cool,” Lynn laughs.
Right now, she's on some downtime, and time off for Lynn means doing some graphic design. PVRIS' signature black and white aesthetic comes from her, although she reveals that she does put away her black stage clothes and gets out the red and green pyjamas for the festive season. She's also catching up with American Horror Story. “I am so into ghosts and the supernatural, superstitious stuff,” she says. “I'm going to see The Babadook movie this weekend and I am SO EXCITED.”
Lynn better grab some time to watch her favourite TV shows now, because it's not long until PVRIS embark on the epic World Tour with Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce The Veil, which runs through the first few months of 2015. “Oh my god. I'm so ready for that, but I'm scared - it's going to be so insane,” she laughs. “But the best type of insane. It will be fun AND awesome.” Going out on the road with some of the biggest names in rock right now might phase some bands – Lynn herself is only 20-years-old – but PVRIS have already done their time on Warped Tour this past summer, and that experience, combined with the fact that “we know there is something special about what we are doing” means that they have the confidence to take whatever 2015 throws at them.
PVRIS tour the UK in April with Lower than Atlantis: @ThisisPVRIS
By Georgina Langford @George_Langford