Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry has issued a statement in response to a negative review of her band’s new album.
The Glasgow synth-pop trio release third record ‘Love Is Dead’ on Friday (May 25). It follows on from 2013’s ‘The Bones of What You Believe’ and 2015’s ‘Every Open Eye’.
A recent ‘Premature Evaluation’ review from Stereogum describes the record as one that “maintains the sparkle but can’t seem to find the spark”, saying that it’s “not a faceplant, but it’s definitely a stumble”.
Writer Chris DeVille goes on to say that Mayberry “joins many of her peers in attempting to parse the disastrous state of the world in search of evidence for optimism” with her lyrics.
He writes: “In conjunction with pursuing a broader sound, she aimed for a broader lyrical approach, expanding beyond personal romantic entanglements toward reflections on the end of empathy and the resilience necessary to imagine a better future. The vagueness that has always made her lyrics such a cipher extends to these more globally minded numbers, but that’s not always a problem.”
Responding on Twitter, Mayberry has now said: “I try never to read reviews about our band or our music but today I read something that made me think (again) that this rhetoric is kind of bullshit… If you don’t like the music, fine. If you don’t like the band, fine. If you don’t like me, fine / I feel you 99% of the time. But please don’t make this music and this record a symbol or scapegoat for something.”
“Our music has recently been complimented more ‘in hindsight’ because there was an ‘outspoken’ woman in the band, but I have sure as shit had enough of it being overly praised or crucified because our band had people in it who bothered to have common sense opinions about common sense things.”
“But looking down your nose at songs as ‘fight songs for the resistance’ is pretentious, weak behaviour that means more than you think it does – and weirdly says more about you than it does about its creator,” Mayberry argues.
“You can write a crappy album review and feel smart and what do I give a shit. But don’t minimise the ‘resistance’ as a comical joke/a stupid thing that you think is funny or smart because you are privileged enough to not actually have to think about it in real terms. It actually matters to people who live outside of you moment/life/world view, so shame on you. Maybe I live in my ‘inter personal comfort zone’ but at least I give a fucking shit. What can you say in exchange?”
See Mayberry’s full response in the tweet below:
— Lauren Mayberry (@laurenevemay) May 24, 2018
Speaking to NME about the band’s upcoming third album, Mayberry recently praised the rise in people speaking out and protesting as a positive amid widespread political tension.
Mayberry said: “As much as we talk about the negative things that are floating around the world right now, I do think that that stuff galvanises people and sparks change.”
Chvrches recently debuted four new songs from ‘Love Is Dead’ as they kicked off their 2018 tour.