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Lynn Gunn: “I Didn’t Know If I Wanted To Keep Doing Music If [My Voice] Wasn’t Going To Come Back”

Rock Sound
Rock Sound 17 October 2019 at 14.25

"I was thinking of all the ways that we could make it work if my voice wasn’t going to cooperate again, and we wanted to keep doing music.” - Lynn Gunn.

PVRIS are back on the cover of Rock Sound this month, explaining how the past number of months have been entirely transformational in making them the band they want to be. Read the full story and pick up your copy now from SHOP.ROCKSOUND.TV

Inside the cover feature, frontwoman Lynn Gunn talks about how a vocal issue lead to her almost reconsidering a career in music at all.

“I’ve always had a hard time with pinning my identity to this one thing”, Lynn Gunn explained. “I don’t know if I necessarily registered it when we started touring and put the first two records out. I think you see a lot of other musicians that are so wrapped up in their art and consumed by it, so you assume that you need to do the same thing. And it’s the same with fans as well, I feel like. They can really pin you to be this one person and this one thing for them, and you feel restricted in both senses - in what you think people are expecting from you, and what people genuinely are expecting from you. I had a really hard time fighting that, but was always kind of aware of it. But once I started having vocal problems and battling that on tour, I didn’t know if my voice was going to come back. I didn’t know if I wanted to keep doing music if it wasn’t going to come back. I was thinking of all the ways that we could make it work if my voice wasn’t going to cooperate again, and we wanted to keep doing music.”

“But, that time period made me really think, ‘If we were to end the band tomorrow, what would I do?’ And I thought of so many things that I would love to pursue,” she continued. “Realising those things, and looking forward to those things, was really freeing. And in that moment I kind of reminded myself, ‘You aren’t restricted to this one thing. You never have been, and you don’t need to be. Remember that’. And it took a lot of pressure off making music, and a lot of pressure off of our band. It just felt really great to actually admit that, and own that, and accept that. I wanted to just feel it, and now I feel it through and through. I’m not feeling defined by this one thing, I feel free to roam wherever, and I even feel that within the context of our band. We’re not restricted to being this one thing that everyone’s expecting us to be. We can be as fluid as we want and go wherever we choose, at the end of the day.”

This is just a tiny taste. Pick up a PVRIS Deluxe Fan Pack and read the full story of their new era, their new EP, and everything in between:


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