“I was on a down­ward spi­ral

But I pulled my­self out of it”

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Work on the al­bum was wrapped on the day be­fore valen­tine’ s Day. Five months on and with its re­lease im­mi­nent, Lynn says that, for now, the storm clouds that once loomed over­head are re­as­sur­ingly in the dis­tance. through­out our con­ver­sa­tion, she sounds up­beat and op­ti­mistic. She laughs qui­etly, even when re­mem­ber­ing the dark­est days. It’s a far cry from the woman who once greeted the day with a sad­ness she couldn’t quite put her fin­ger on. Could you tell us what kind of cop­ing mech­a­nisms you used to feel bet­ter?

“I’ve been go­ing to ther­apy and talk­ing with some peo­ple, and that’s def­i­nitely helped,” she says.“be­ing able to lay out your thoughts and fig­ure out what’s trig­ger­ing what. It’s about rewiring your brain. This is the main rea­son why I ended up where I did – you need to feel your emo­tions. You can’t bot­tle them up. You need to be vul­ner­a­ble with your­self. My body and brain’s de­fence mech­a­nism was to turn ev­ery­thing off. It’s a process and you have to be kind to your­self. Other peo­ple want to help and they do. It’s eas­ier said than done, when you’re in that state, you will push peo­ple away be­cause you’ll feel like no-one can re­ally un­der­stand it – but some peo­ple can.”

Have you learned to take the good with the bad and not dwell so much on the lat­ter these days? She pauses for a mo­ment. “That’s the most im­por­tant thing I’ve learned,” she says. “I ac­tu­ally be­came ob­sessed with it.that was such a prom­i­nent thing over the past few years. It’s some­thing you al­ways kinda know and hear con­stantly, but it wasn’t un­til re­cently that I got slapped in the face with it and came to terms with it.al­most to a very cyn­i­cal de­gree but I’m sit­ting in the mid­dle now. It’s all about bal­ance, in ev­ery­thing.”

Have you ever con­sid­ered what PVRIS might have sounded like if you weren’t bur­dened with sad thoughts?

“I don’t know,” she laughs. “I’m very good at pulling my­self into sit­u­a­tions if I need to hone in on some­thing. Lit­er­ally noth­ing is ever per­fect – ev­ery­thing is sub­jec­tive.we could be hav­ing the worst year of our ca­reer and I could be the hap­pi­est and no-one would ever know.

“But I’m in a much bet­ter place now,” she smiles. “I’m try­ing to ap­ply ev­ery­thing I’ve learned over the past few years to try to en­joy ev­ery­thing fully and be present in the mo­ment. It’s a clichéd thing to learn or come to terms with over time, but you re­ally have to just em­brace dark­ness and learn to hon­our that as much as the light.”

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