PVRIS: “It’s just about wanting to be truthful and authentic to what is actually happening behind the scenes”

(Image credit: Sasha Samsonova)

Despite always being at the forefront of their creative output, Lynn Gunn has often been overshadowed by her bandmates in PVRIS – and not just because of how small she is as a person when standing beside them. For years, Gunn felt the pressure to minimise her voice and downplay how responsible she was for her band’s work – partly out of fear she’d look selfish, but mostly because when you’re a woman in rock and alternative music, owning the spotlight comes with significant risks. 

But for PVRIS album #3, Gunn has stepped up to the plate and defiantly rejected the culture that pushed her into the shadows. From the cover art of Use Me to the narrative surrounding it, she’s unashamedly celebrating that it’s her work to be proud of – that she’s responsible for all of the summery pop bops and searing rock jams that fill its tracklist, and goddammit, she isn’t going to sacrifice that credit because some major-label dickhead in a suit warned her against it.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…