PVRIS were originally set to release their upcoming album Use Me back in May, however the coronavirus pandemic pushed that date to this month. The group’s Lynn Gunn recently revealed that the band will be postponing its release once again until August 28, out of respect for the ongoing Black Lives Matter movements, which are taking place the country.
“I do not want take up the space in promoting Use Me at this moment in time, therefore will be pushing the album release back until August 28,” Gunn explained in a press statement. “Self-promotion can wait for now and I want to make room and hold space for the conversation and message of the Black Lives Matter movement to continue.”
The Black Lives Matter Movement originally grew in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who had shot and killed a Black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida. These latest round of protests were sparked by the death of George Floyd, who passed away shortly after fired and arrested former police officer Derek Chauvin was shown on camera placing his knee against Floyd’s neck for well over eight minutes.
The band have been preparing the album for a year at this point and released two singles “The Death of Me,” and “Old Wounds” during July and December of 2019 respectively. Their single “Dead Wight” accompanied the album announcement, while their following single “Gimme A Minute,” came out in April. Their last studio album All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell was released in 2017.
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