PVRIS is simmering. Led by activist and singer Lyndsey Gunn, the three-piece rock band are days away from the release of their second album, but today, they’ve gone back in time for a major Victorian moment in their new video for “Anyone Else.” Set in a moody house that would fit perfectly into any American Horror Story episode, the band’s muse Courtney Scarr (from their previous video for “What’s Wrong”) moves around the dilapidated rooms as she entangles herself with another, mysterious figure.
The taut, conflicting dancers are reflective of the two verses, which Gunn revealed were written a year about. “The first verse was written at the beginning of heartbreak—that feeling when you first leave someone yet you feel like a part of you will always belong to them,” she explained over email. “The second verse was written a year later. [It’s] a different mindset, mostly reflecting on the toxicity and possessiveness of that same love. It is ambiguous as to what the ending perspective is… who do I belong to in the end? Myself or my past lover?”
It’s a tumultuous, lyrical struggle that’s central to what Gunn is creating with the new album. The singer, whose gone viral this year for an open letter for Billboard about coming out to her mom and for a Nylon interview with Tegan Quin from Tegan & Sara, has built up the band’s queer street cred in a big way. PVRIS is set to debut their most personal album yet when All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell drops on August 25, which you can preorder here. Then, on their fall tour, they’ll donate a portion of every ticket sold for their upcoming fall tour will be donated to The Ally Coalition in support of LGBTQ equality.