PVRIS will release their highly-anticipated third studio album Use Me on May 1 st on Reprise / Warner Records.
Use Me finds frontwoman, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Lynn Gunn stepping into a new chapter as she owns her role as PVRIS’ leader and sole architect. The result is a collection of alt-pop conjurations of glitchy beat-craft, airy guitars, and spell-binding vocals.
The album’s first track “Dead Weight” was released today. Lynn explains, ““Dead Weight” is about being a people pleaser, holding others up and never asking for anything back. Quite often that can be taken advantage of and it can be hard to set “no”/set boundaries. This feels amplified, especially as a woman. This song is about stepping into my power as a woman, shedding old skin and taking nurturing/caretaker feminine nature and turning it into a superpower.”
That newfound sense of freedom lies at the core of Use Me. For years, Lynn remained in the background, too shy to take all of the credit for the vision of PVRIS and her role in the songwriting, presentation, much of the production, merch and visual concepts. At last, she is ready to shine a light on who she is and what she does — like she should’ve a long time ago.
“I allowed myself to support a narrative I thought I had to support of PVRIS being a band,” Lynn confesses. “I didn’t really have a role model for this. Coming from a ‘band culture,’ it’s about how the group is always greater than the sum of its parts, and you’re not supposed to take credit, even if you do everything. There’s no template or role model for really owning it as a woman. I wanted to make everyone else happy and uphold an image I thought we had to.
Growing up, I learned I don’t have to do that anymore. I’m finally allowing myself to take credit. I’ve got the full support and encouragement of my bandmates. PVRIS is a unit and very much a team, but the heart and soul of the vision and music always has sourced from me. I’m just saying it now. I fulfilled my own vision of what a role model should be.”
Use Me Track Listing:
1. Gimme A Minute
2. Dead Weight
3. Stay Gold
4. Good To Be Alive
5. Death of Me
7. Old Wounds
9. January Rain
10. Use Me
11. Wish You Well