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Any Other Questions with... Lynn Gunn from PVRIS

Pea milk, Albert Einstein and Avril: Lynn Gunn tackles this month's daft queries.
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Published: 9:37 am, October 12, 2020 Photos: Sarah Louise Bennett.
Any Other Questions with... Lynn Gunn from PVRIS

This month, Lynn Gunn from PVRIS runs the gauntlet of our random, stupid queries.

What did you last dream about?

This will sound really weird, but I've been having this series of dreams with an unidentified mystery woman in them. I don't know who she is, but I can process from dream to dream that it's the same person in each dream. My last dream took place at some crowded event, not sure what it was, but the woman kept appearing in the crowd and then vanishing.

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?

The Dodo or Tasmanian Tiger.

What was the first record you bought?

Honestly, I think it was Ricky Martin's self-titled album, hahahaha. I was probably 5 or 6, and I accidentally bought the Spanish version. My grandpa had to take me back to the store to switch it for the English version. I really should have kept the Spanish version and learned every word.

What is your earliest memory?

Crying in my crib, stressing my mom out and her playing Enya to quiet me down and help me fall asleep.

Do you believe in aliens?

Absolutely. When I think of humans and try to imagine us as the most intelligent form of life in the entire UNIVERSE, I can't help but laugh hysterically. Nature is way too smart, and the universe is way too big for us to be the only and most intelligent life.

What is your favourite time of day?

I'm a huuuuuge morning person. When I'm home from tour (bus bunks are traps and you may never wake up from them, beware), I wake up with the sun most days. It's my quiet time, coffee/tea time and journaling time. If I ever have a busy morning or that time gets interrupted, it takes me a second to adjust throughout the day, haha. I love to sit outside in the grass with a morning tea and people-watch everyone in my neighbourhood first thing when I get up.

If you could win a lifetime supply of anything, what would you choose?

Money. *puts on sunglasses*

What's the biggest learning experience you've had?

I am constantly trying to stay on a learning journey, so I really feel that one specific learning experience is pretty hard to pick! If I had to pick one in my life so far, I would definitely say navigating through my vocal struggles. Our entire second record touring cycle, I could only sing with about 20% of my voice. I learned to appreciate so much throughout that journey. It changed my relationship with being on stage and performing as well as provided me with endless gratitude for being able to tour the world and see so many amazing places and people.

Have you ever been thrown out of somewhere?

When I used to play ice hockey, my defence partner and I both got thrown out of a game for body-checking another player on the opposing team… (We played women's ice hockey, so checking wasn't allowed.)

If you weren't a musician, what would you be doing?

Creative directing or branding/designing.

What was the last thing you broke?

My favourite coffee mug while doing the dishes… my soapy hands couldn't handle the slippery surface, and it flew out of my hands and smashed in the sink. So maybe the last thing I technically broke is… my heart?

What's the furthest you've travelled to attend someone else's gig?

New York to London.

Have you ever sold your own CD or merch on eBay?

No, but maybe it's a new side hustle I should look into?

What is your most treasured possession?

I am not super attached to anything I own, I lose and break so many things that I think I've desensitized myself to my possessions haha. If I had to pick the coolest thing in my possession, it would be an authentic autographed portrait of Albert Einstein that my grandma's friend gave me.

Have you ever had an imaginary friend?

Not that I remember… but my cousin when she was younger had so many, and they turned out to be the ghosts of some of our relatives who have passed.

What's your breakfast of choice?

Acai bowl with the most peanut butter!! Or gluten-free toast with butter and jelly.

If you were forming a supergroup, who would you want to be in it?

Rihanna, Grimes, Anderson Paak and Gorillaz.

What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you?

Oh boy… the other day I waited behind a parked car for a few minutes and was so confused why it wasn't moving and then I realized…. I dont think anyone saw and it's not insanely embarrassing but that's the most recent thing I can think of.

If we gave you $10, what would you spend it on?

However many iced beverages that will buy me.

What's one thing people don't know about you?

I am an 80-year-old grandma named Gerdy living inside the body of this 26-year-old artist/musician… when I've drained all of the life from her body, I will find another vessel to take over and continue to live forever. My soul is INFINITE.

How punk are you out of ten?

"I'm not a punk rocker, I don't make punk music. Maybe I have some punk characteristics about me… did I say that properly? Yeah, maybe I have some punk characteristics about me, but I don't walk around calling myself "punk". It's more punk to tell people you're not punk than to sit there and say that you are punk… and… whatever. If you wanna know what I think that I am? I think that I'm just a rock chick and… I like to rock out, I like to throw shit around, I like to go nuts I like to lose myself on stage. I like to scream, I like to break things I like to holler I like to YELL?!"
- Avril Lavigne

What do you always have in your refrigerator?

Ripple Pea milk, trust me it's so good.

What's one thing you've always wanted to try?

Interior design/curating concepts for cool bars and restaurants. I'd love to open up a restaurant with my brother someday (he's an amazing chef). I'm determined to make it happen in this lifetime.

How do you take your coffee?

I can't have coffee at the moment due to some health issues but when I can have it… I'm a classic almond milk/oat milk latte type of gal. I make an annoyingly complex coffee whenever I'm home (and can have it) that has pea milk, almond creamer, ghee, collagen powder, monk fruit sweetener and a pinch of sea salt and it's sooooo good.

Taken from the October issue of Dork. PVRIS' album 'Use Me' is out now.

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