PVRIS, consisting of Lynn Gunn, Alex Babinski, and Brian MacDonald, is an alternative band
that’s inspired by many different genres. With that said, they aren’t just like any band who have
a unique sound. They write their own music, meaning they have their own reasoning behind the
music they make. That’s one of the many things that help them stand out, along with the special
connection they have with their fans.
In a DIY Magazine interview with Lynn Gunn, she said, “I’m always really inspired by dark
things and the supernatural for some reason. Ghosts, paranormal stuff, death, anger, sadness.
Well, anything that’s not happy basically inspires me, which sounds kinda messed up. A lot of
that record, I wrote when I was having a really bad time mentally. I don’t like calling it
depression but it seemed like that and I couldn’t pinpoint what my issues were, or what was
wrong with me but I knew there was something wrong. My problems weren’t tangible things,
they weren’t thing I could see or explain to people so in a way it was like they were ghosts or
spirits that were haunting me.”
In the interview she also went on to explain how she thinks that a lot of people are afraid talk
about those topics that go along with depression. According to Lynn, writing about feelings that
are so raw is a big reason people connect with their music.
“To know that other people can connect to that makes you feel even better. As scary as it at first,
it eventually just pays off and turns out to be good in the end,” said Lynn.
Although that much is true, I feel like there’s more to PVRIS than just the songs that deal with
sad emotions. I feel like many of the songs are empowering as well. In the song “My House”
Lynn sings, “It's my house / And I think it's time to get out / It's my soul / It isn't yours anymore /
It's my house / I think it's time to get out / Yeah, I think it's time to get out,” while in the song
“St. Patrick” she sings, “You give me something to think about / That's not the shit in my head.”
For me, both songs include lyrics that stand for not letting someone walk all over you and do
what they want. But what makes the lyrics even more empowering is the fact that the person
singing the words to the song is a woman (Lynn.) The fact that a woman is singing such
powerful lyrics shows that strength doesn’t only exist the way society wants us to see it,
meaning, men aren’t the only dominant ones. Everyone has the strength to stand up for
Aside the two above, here are some of my favorite lyrics from their debut album, White Noise.
Don't blame your death / On the shit in your head that you claimed ate you like a virus for
days on end / I watched you decay / Watched you waste away / Who'd you think you'd fool,
baby, digging your own grave? - “Fire”
You're just a ghost of blissful feelings / A cloud of smoke that I keep breathing - “Smoke”
I hate to break it to you baby / But you're simply lost / You can right all the wrongs just to feel
you belong / But simply calling out sins don't bring you closer to God / You're just a ghost at
most / A set of empty bones / Searching for anything and everything to make you feel whole” -
I know you're dead inside / And that's what I like, yeah, I like / But when you float above my
body / Standing up right above me / I don't feel so lonely, lonely” - “Mirrors”
So go ahead, yeah just drop dead / And while you're trying to fool the whole world don't forget
that you'll decay / And you'll waste away / You can't cheat death when you're digging your
own grave - “Fire”
Although Lynn is a calmer type of performer, you can truly tell how into the music she is. One
of the most amazing things that I noticed out of the two times I’ve gotten to see them live was
that Lynn always takes the time to touch multiple fans hands. It’s so simple, but not every
musician takes the time to do that. By touching someone’s hand that they inspire, it can make
their whole day. I know it’d make mine.
In the DIY Magazine interview, Lynn said, “I hope we can impact people, inspire people and
motivate people to follow their dreams and do whatever makes them happiest. That’s the most
important thing anyone can take from a band.”
Strife Magazine took the time to speak to some PVRIS fans from around the world, and this is
what they had to say.
Sandra | 17 | Norway - “The main reason why I like PVRIS is because of Lyndsey! She
reminds me a lot about myself, specifically the way she acts. I've always seen her as a bigger
sister, because of our similarities.”
Katerina | 15 | Los Angeles, California - “I love the “You and I” video because the whole band
creates an aesthetic. I recently went to Warped Tour on June 19th and I heard of PVRIS. I
listened to them a few times and I thought they were great so I went to the concert and I fell in
love and I’m planning on going to another one soon. PVRIS has a vibe where they are three kids
that live in this world just them and they are all trying to find their sexuality and their different
strengths. That’s how I see this band and they are just incredible and I love their work.”
Chelsea Paige Thomas | Telford, West Midlands Shropshire - “It was more than a year ago
now I found them. As usual I was looking for something new to listen to so I heard. “Eyelids”
first. Once I listened to it everything was like a massive hole of emptiness, in a good way that
everything that made me feel so numb and hollow restored and I felt something again.
Personally I didn't even know Lynn and her sexuality until I told a close friend and they
mentioned it. However that doesn't matter. PVRIS and the band members matter and how they
change their fans life. I'm extremely a fan and their new song is to die for, I've fallen on love
with them all over again.”
“PVRIS has changed so much since I first heard them and I'm so proud. They should be
massively proud of what they have created as a team. I can't wait to hear their future album
coming up and more hopefully to come!”
Ali | 19 | West Virginia - “I love PVRIS because a girl fronted rock band is hard to find and I
feel like Lynn really breaks down barriers. They have an incredible and unique sound and Lynn's
vocals are insane. I think that they have an amazing future ahead of them!”
Jerelyn | 21 | Memphis, Tennessee - “I didn't hear about them until they opened for Mayday
Parade on the Honeymoon Tour, but once I saw them live I fell in love. They have so much
energy when they perform and so much creativity with their sound that it's hard not to like them.
I'm so proud of where they are now, and I can't wait to see what they do next.”
Leah Schoolcraft | 20 | West Virginia - “PVRIS has really inspired me to take on the world as if nothing can stop me! They have helped me to just be happy with myself.”
Sarah | 20 | Montreal - “I've only known PVRIS since this summer when they performed at
Warped Tour and they have impacted my life in many ways. First of all, there's always a song,
most often “Holy,” “Ghost,” or “St. Patrick,” to match my mood. I listen to them every day and
I feel empowered by their song and message. I look up to all three of them because they are
genuine and kind people. They're human beings with feelings and they are not afraid to show it.
They are the first artists that make me feel like I'm exactly like them. I don’t know if it makes
sense. They are not pretending to be anything but themselves and I find that very reliable. And
Lynn Gunn has helped me come to terms with my own sexuality. That’s how they impacted
Savannah | 14 | England - “Honestly they've given me this happiness and excitement no band
ever has. In a way, they've given me hope and motivated me to carry on. I can listen to them
and block out the horrible things that are going on. They're an amazing band and I'm really
happy they're getting the recognition they deserve because they honestly do save people's lives.
Deja | 16 | California - “I love PVRIS because their music sends a very beautiful message. I've
earned its okay to need someone but at the same time don't lose yourself in the process. It really
helped me as a person because I've learned that my well-being matters the most. I can't wait for
what the future has in store for them because I’m already so proud with how far they’ve come!”
Charlie | 16 | Washington - “I met Lynn Gunn back in January of 2015 while they were on tour
with Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce The Veil. I remember taking a picture with her and telling
her how gorgeous she was because, let's face it, she's stunning. Their set was incredible and I
never forgot about it, even though in 2016 my picture got deleted. When I found out that Lynn
was gay, it was a game-changer. I don't have many gay idols that I look up to because they're so
hard to come across. Finding out that Lynn was gay brought an overwhelming sense of joy to
me. She's an advocate and it’s incredible. As a gay person myself, having gay idols to look up
to means a lot to me.”
There’s always someone who loves you, and if you need an extra person, we love you.
Has PVRIS helped or inspired you in any way? Feel free to let us know in the
Written by Melanie Gomez
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