The band’s third LP will be released on May 25 via Virgin / Glassnote – singer Lauren Mayberry states that the record is about “coming to terms with the fact that there are great things in the world and there are awful things in the world and that you can’t get one without the other.”
Iain Cook adds: “We’re fucked, the world is fucked. But there’s an ellipses at the end. It’s ‘Love Is Dead’. Like, how did we get to this point? And how do we move on from this point? It’s ‘Love Is Dead, we’re fucked, what’s next?’”
‘Love Is Dead”s tracklisting is as follows:
Never Say Die
Its led by ‘My Enemy’, a Matt Berninger-featuring single that finds CHVRCHES teaming up with The National once more. “We’ve all been huge fans of The National for a long time,” says Lauren. “We had played a few festivals together but really got to know Matt when we were involved in 7 Inches For Planned Parenthood, a fundraising and awareness campaign that he spearheaded. It’s really inspiring and reassuring to meet other artists you admire and realise that they are trying to do some good in the world.
“We kept in touch after that and, when it came time to record ‘My Enemy’, Iain and Martin suggested I email Matt to see if he’d like to sing on it. We never realistically thought he’d have time to do it but he replied right away and recorded the track at his house the next day.”
Listen to ‘My Enemy’ by CHVRCHES featuring Matt Berninger above
After CHVRCHES singer Lauren Mayberry joined The National for an on-stage collaboration, Berninger then returned the favour by making a surprise cameo appearance in the band’s video for comeback single ‘Get Out‘.
The release was rumbled somewhat by some eager fans on Reddit forum indieheads, who earlier this month spotted that new track ‘My Enemy’ from upcoming third album ‘Love Is Dead’ briefly appeared across streaming platforms – featuring guest vocals from Matt Berninger. The album’s artwork was also revealed.
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Speaking of their upcoming third album, Mayberry said that the band “wanted everything to be really honest”, saying “if it’s going to be more pop it should be more aggressively pop – there’s no doing things in half measures.”
“It was nice to not be second guessing ourselves,” she said. “It’s still consistent with what we’ve done before but it feels like it’ll be more of a live experience.”
Ahead of their huge summer festival shows, including headlining London’s All Points East Presents in Victoria Park, The National recently confirmed that work has already begun on their next album.
The update on new music follows the band’s claim back in September that they had another album’s worth of material ready to go.
In an interview with NME, the band said that they have plenty of leftover songs from recent years’ writing sessions.
“Oddly, there was a whole other strain of music that we were making that we were all very excited about,” guitarist Aaron Dessner told NME. “That was more of us playing in a room and more of a conventional ‘National as a rock band’ thing.”