The new record marks the first PVRIS LP to be led solely by Gunn, with the frontwoman assuming all primary songwriting, production, vocal and instrumental duties across Use Me, with K Flay’s JT Daly assisting with production. Although the shift towards solo recognition might come as a surprise to some, Gunn has always been at the forefront of all creative and conceptual aspects of PVRIS, explaining in a press statement that this album gives her a chance to finally present her unadulterated musical vision to the world.
“I allowed myself to support a narrative I thought I had to support of PVRIS being a band,” Gunn says in a press statement. “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.”
Today’s news is also accompanied by new single ‘Dead Weight’, which Gunn explains as “about being a people pleaser, holding others up and never asking for anything back. Quite often that can being taken advantage of and can be hard to say “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 super power.”
Use Me, the new album from PVRIS, is out on Friday May 1 via Reprise/Warner Music Australia.