PVRIS HOW SUM 41 SET LYNN GUNN ON HER MU­SI­CAL JOUR­NEY

A deep dive into the songs that make PVRIS vo­cal­ist LYNN GUNN want to sleep, cry and, er, eat rice pi­laf…

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THE FIRST SONG I RE­MEM­BER HEAR­ING

ORINOCO FLOW ENYA(1988) “My mom would put Enya on to help me sleep. I re­mem­ber when­ever this was on I’d be like, ‘Oh shit, I gotta go to sleep now.’ I’m gonna as­sume she played it be­cause it re­ally calmed me down. Does it help me sleep now? Nooo, I just go right out nowa­days. I seem to be per­pet­u­ally tired (laughs).”

THE SONG THAT RE­MINDS ME OF CHILD­HOOD

WHERE HAVE ALL THE COW­BOYS GONE? PAULACOLE(1996) “This is a funny one be­cause I have this one su­per-vivid mem­ory of be­ing in the kitchen at my par­ents’ house, sit­ting on a stool and look­ing at the mi­crowave while rice pi­laf was cook­ing. I re­mem­ber the colours of what I was see­ing, it was all yel­lows and or­anges, and it was din­ner time and I just re­mem­ber that song be­ing on. I haven’t had rice pi­laf in a while, but when I do I think of that mem­ory and that song.”

THE SONG THAT IN­SPIRED ME TO BE IN A BAND

FAT LIP SUM41(2001) “This is gonna sound silly – even I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to say this, but then I just thought about it and was like, ‘No, Fat Lip was the song.’ When I was in el­e­men­tary school my brother was su­per into Sum 41, and I re­mem­ber him watch­ing the mu­sic videos and play­ing along to their songs on gui­tar. I was like, ‘That looks cool! I wanna do that!’ It took me a cou­ple of years to start my own band af­ter that.”

THE FIRST SONG OF OURS I HEARD ON THE RA­DIO

YOU AND I PVRIS (2016) “It was a ra­dio sta­tion in Penn­syl­va­nia and I tuned in online to lis­ten. It was a cool feel­ing, but very sur­real. It still is, some­times. Al­though I feel like I’ve yet to ac­tu­ally hear any­thing of ours on the ra­dio be­sides that – I just have friends who text me to say they’ve heard some­thing, all the time. But I’ve lit­er­ally never heard our songs on the ra­dio since then.”

THE SONG THAT WAS THE HARD­EST TO WRITE

UN­RE­LEASED PVRIS(TBC) “It’s the stuff I’ve been work­ing on. I’ve been in a lot of ses­sions with dif­fer­ent peo­ple the past few months, and some of the songs have been re­ally hard to fin­ish. What’s the vibe of them? My headspace and my per­spec­tive is very dif­fer­ent – I’m just in a bet­ter, more re­al­is­tic, open and em­brac­ing headspace. I hope that trans­lates into the mu­sic. We al­ways have a loose time frame to get things done – at least our man­age­ment does, just to make sure we ac­tu­ally move for­ward – but per­son­ally I’m in no rush. I never wanna rush any­thing.”

THE SONG THAT RE­MINDS ME OF MY FIRST LOVE

TRANSATLAN­TICISM DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE(2003) “This was a big one. That whole al­bum re­minds me of my ex. We were con­stantly driv­ing back and forth to each other, so when­ever I was in the car with her be­cause she was drop­ping me off or she’d pissed me off – that would al­ways be play­ing. When I hear that record and that song I’m im­me­di­ately re­minded of her.”

THE SONG THAT PICKS ME UP WHEN I’M DOWN

DOG DAYS ARE OVER FLORENCE+THE MA­CHINE(2010) “When I’m in a hor­ri­ble mood, this song al­ways seems to come on and it’s like, ‘Oh! You’re good. You’re okay now.’ It’s like a lit­tle sign. When­ever I hear the harp at the begin­ning I’m like, ‘Oooh.’”

THE SONG THAT MAKES ME CRY

YOUTH DAUGH­TER(2013) “I wouldn’t say this hap­pens any­more, but it used to all the time. I re­mem­ber one of my friends put it on a mix CD he made me for my birth­day when I was in high school. I was com­pletely blown away by it. Ev­ery time I heard it, it just broke my heart. The sad­ness comes from the mes­sage and over­all sound – it’s so pretty.”

THE SONG THAT MAKES ME WANT TO BE A BET­TER PER­SON

QUEEN FLINT EAST­WOOD (2017) “This might be cheesy ‘cause we took her out on tour, but there’s a song called Queen by Flint East­wood. The mes­sage is all about be­ing a boss, and she her­self is a boss – she’s very pos­i­tive, hard-work­ing and is just a re­ally gen­uine per­son. She in­spires me all the time.”

THE SONG I’D LIKE PLAYED AT MY FU­NERAL

SKY FULL OF SONG FLORENCE+THE MA­CHINE(2018) “I haven’t ac­tu­ally thought about this much be­fore (laughs). I know I al­ways talk about Florence, but her new song is def­i­nitely a fu­neral-friendly song. The cho­rus is lit­er­ally, ‘Take me down, I’m too tired now.’”

ALL WE KNOW OF HEAVEN, ALL

WE NEED OF HELL IS AVAIL­ABLE NOW VIA RISE RECORDS. PVRIS PLAY SLAM DUNK this month – SEE THE GIG GUIDE FOR INFO

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