Exactly two weeks ago, the two acts performed together at the same venue during the BandLab NME 2022. That was the first time the two acts had performed together and physically met, having duetted virtually on a track during lockdown.
Tonight in London, Smith joined the Scottish trio on stage once more for a rendition of ‘How Not To Drown’ along with a duet of ‘Just Like Heaven’ – a song they also performed together for the first time at last week’s NME awards.
Smith additionally played guitar on CHVRCHES’ singles ‘The Mother We Share’ and ‘Clearest Blue’. You can see footage and images of their collaboration alongside those from their recent performance together at the BandLab NME Awards awards below, and check out the full NME review and report here.
— Breaking More Waves (@BMWavesBlog) March 16, 2022
Absolutely incredible gig tonight from @CHVRCHES – killed it from start to finish. Bringing out my all-time fucking god in Robert Smith for the encore was beyond mind-blowing. Unreal. pic.twitter.com/LQwbGwKzd7
— Matthew Sivyer (@MattySivyer) March 16, 2022
— ㅅㅂㄹ (@retnolaras) March 16, 2022
Make Robert Smith a permanent member of CHVRCHES immediately. pic.twitter.com/86sx85glbG
— Stuart Edwards (@StuartEdwards) March 16, 2022
Accepting their award for Best Song By A UK Artist at the BandLab NME Awards 2022 awards, CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry said: “Thanks very much! We never get prizes for anything, so this is really amazing,” after collecting the award from presenter Jehnny Beth.
Mayberry then thanked Smith for collaborating with them and added: “The world is a massive fucking fire at the moment, so it’s nice to think about tunes.”
‘How Not To Drown’ appeared on Chvrches’ 2021 album ‘Screen Violence’, which NME pronounced their “best album yet” in a four-star review.
Meanwhile, last week also saw Robert Smith give us the lowdown on The Cure’s long-awaited new album plans at the BandLab NME Awards.
Having long teased the band’s long-awaited “merciless” new record – having told us that two new albums were on the way back at the last NME Awards back in 2020 – Smith tonight revealed that one of them would be “real very soon”, as well as sharing more about its sister record and his anticipated solo album.
“So I’ve been working on two Cure albums, and one of them is finished,” Smith told NME. “Unfortunately, it’s the second one that’s finished. [On the other] I’ve got to do four vocals, and there are 10 songs on each album. We’re mixing next month on April 1, so I’ve got three weeks left.”
He continued: “I know what it’s called – it’s called ‘Songs Of A Lost World’. It’s got artwork, it’s got a running order, it’s almost done! They’re so slow because of vinyl, but it might come in September. I’d rather it just came out. I can’t stand the anticipation.”
Asked about the sound of the upcoming records, Smith revealed: “Well the first Cure album is relentless doom and gloom. It’s the doomiest thing that we’ve ever done. The second one is upbeat, and my [solo] one won’t be out until next year.