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With one of the most anticipated albums of 2017, PVRIS are figuring out their place in the world.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-2 vc_col-lg-8 vc_col-md-offset-2 vc_col-md-8″][vc_column_text]”I forgot what month it was for a moment there,” starts Lynn Gunn. “A lot has happened this year, in all aspects.” PVRIS have just turned up to tonight’s venue, Zurich’s Dynamo, and they’re “just trying to figure out what the fuck’s going on. The usual, y’know?” They’re currently in the midst of a world tour for second album ‘All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell’ that started back in May and, if the tour cycle for debut ‘White Noise’ is anything to go by, will run on and on.
“It’s been exactly a year since we were in the studio. We were finishing up ‘AWKOH’ around this time last time. It’s crazy just being a year later from that, being out on the road and playing these songs. There was never really any gap in between. It’s been incredibly go go go and busy, so like the last record, I haven’t had a chance to reflect on anything yet, but I’ve been trying to here and there.”
PVRIS’ second album sees the band build on everything that made ‘White Noise’ such a glorious wonderland. Acted out on a bigger screen, the record digs down into the bones of fear, self-doubt and loneliness. Stories of heartbreak, dull aches and stabbing pains tightly wrapped around turbulent waves and screaming lightning bolts. There are shards of PVRIS’ soul left on the record and releasing it didn’t heal those wounds. Not completely, anyway.
“It felt strange that it was out. It felt like it had almost leaked. Obviously, it hadn’t, but yeah. It was Reading & Leeds that weekend, and that in itself was incredibly stressful. It was probably one of the most hectic weekends of my life,” offers Lynn. “So far,” she adds, knowing things can always get worse.
“To me, it was scary because I’m still reflecting on and trying to figure out a lot of the record and the contents of it, and it was already out to the world. It felt intimidating and vulnerable, but now that it’s been out for a bit, and seeing how it’s translating live it’s been comforting to see how people are connecting to it. That’s been a really positive thing. It’s interesting, playing live sometimes disconnects you from the song and puts you in that moment instead. It’s helped me step away from them for a moment and just be in whatever present moment is happening onstage.
“Putting them out and finally having those songs brought to light, and those feelings shared, that’s been a really healing, helpful thing. Not just for me, but for everyone listening. I’ve just been looking at it in that way. It’s very comforting. I wouldn’t say I made peace with it fully, but it’s very comforting to have shared it and know that I at least tried to get those emotions out there and express them. I think what the songs mean slowly pieces itself together. Sometimes they come full circle. ‘Anyone Else’ always comes full circle and is relevant. In fact, all the songs really still feel pretty personal, like they’re being healed from. Seeing people connect with that, it’s beautiful and comforting.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”45287″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10″][vc_column_text]
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-2 vc_col-lg-8 vc_col-md-offset-2 vc_col-md-8″][vc_column_text]On the first record, PVRIS felt like an idea shrouded in an ambitious mist. This time around, they shine as three united individuals, each with something to say. “That comes with, not maturity, but we’ve just been doing this for a while now. We’re figuring out our place and identities more. It’s a little less fuzzy now. It’s a little more defined and hopefully that just keeps uncovering over time. We’ve all found our flow and our dynamic, and have sat into those a little better. Especially live, we’ve all figured out our strengths and weak points and worked how to arrange that, so it’s all balanced out and complementary.”
As much as it struggles beneath the surface, ‘AWKOH’ is constantly trying to find a place of self-love. “And there’s a lot of attempting to find that right now,” smiles Lynn. “That was such a heavy theme on the record, and also just touring off it now. I put a lot of pressure on myself. I definitely struggle from that, especially on this tour and I have been finding that a really difficult struggle this past year that I’ve been working through. I try not to show it onstage, but sometimes I can’t help it.” Learning to love yourself is “definitely one of the hardest things. It’s ironic, and it’s backwards that one of the hardest things for us as humans to do, is be kind to ourselves and love ourselves when I feel like we should always be able to do that. It should be effortless, but it’s the complete opposite.”
As the band grow, swell and shift with themselves and their place in the world, they’ve found a space to have fun with it. Covers of Foo Fighters’ ‘Everlong’ and Brand New’s ‘Jesus’ were aired for Radio One while a cover of Tegan & Sara’s ‘Are You Ten Years Ago’ was recorded for ‘The Con”s ten year anniversary. “It was refreshing to step away from our stuff for a second and focus on something else. I love covers; I wouldn’t say they’re challenges but I love little tasks like that, being given little guidelines and still trying to make it your own, it’s a fun little test.”