Speaking to Rolling Stone, Williams also mentioned Lorde‘s recent comments about feeling pressure over her appearance. Williams commented: “I loved Lauren’s and Lorde’s posts. I think it’s really cool that there’s so many rad girls and older women in music. There’s a lot of people that have different points of view and it’s nice to see people coming together and being honest about something that matters and should be talked about. I’m so excited to see this stuff surfacing because it’s real.”
She added: “When I was 16 and we started touring, I looked like a 12-year-old boy with no makeup, sports bra, one of the guys’ shirts, and I’d wear the same pair of jeans for a month straight. I never showered and was gross and guys that were probably a good 10 years older than me harassed me. I remember playing North Star Bar [in Philadelphia] and this guy yelled “take off your shirt!” probably 10 times. It had happened a couple of times at this point but this guy was super aggressive about it. By the fifth or sixth time, I realised that I’m the one with the microphone. I’ve got power here. I don’t have to be quiet.”
Writing for The Guardian last month, Lauren Mayberry detailed the offensive, “inappropriate” and “openly vile” comments written on the band’s social networking sites after she re-posted a message sent to the band in which she was propositioned. She wrote: “…why should women “deal” with this? I am incredibly lucky to be doing the job I am doing at the moment – and painfully aware of the fact that I would not be able to make music for a living without people on the internet caring about our band. But does that mean that I need to accept that it’s OK for people to make comments like this, because that’s how women in my position are spoken to?”
Mayberry added: “Objectification, whatever its form, is not something anyone should have to ‘just deal with’.” Chvrches released their debut album ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ last month. The band will embark on a UK and European tour next year. The Scottish three-piece will play eight shows in the UK in March 2014, before going on to play dates in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.