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Chvrches Return With New Single He Said She Said

Tuesday, 20 April 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

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Chvrches are back with a new single.

He Said She Said premiered on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show and arrives three years after the release of the Glasgow trio's third album 'Love Is Dead'.

Cast across swelling synthesizers, programmed beats and shimmery keyboard melodies, the alt-pop track was recorded during the enforced COVID-19 lockdown, while Lauren Mayberry and Martin Doherty were in Los Angeles and Iain Cook was in Glasgow. Discussing its lyrics, which tackles sexism, vocalist Mayberry said:

"Like everyone, I've had a lot of time to think and reflect over the past year; to examine experiences I had previously glossed over or deeply buried. I feel like I have spent a lot of my life (personally and professionally) performing the uncomfortable balancing act that is expected of women and it gets more confusing and exhausting the older I get.

"Be successful but only in the way we want you to be. Speak up for yourself but not so loudly that you steal men's thunder. Be attractive but only for the benefit of men, and certainly don't be vain. Strive to be the Hot Sad Girl but don’t actually be sad in a way that’s inconvenient for anyone. Be smart but not smart enough to ask for more than what you’re being given.

"He Said She Said is my way of reckoning with things I’ve accepted that I know I shouldn’t have. Things I pretended weren’t damaging to me. It was the first song we wrote when we started back up, and the opening line (He said, You bore me to death) was the first lyric that came out. All the verse lines are tongue-in-cheek or paraphrased versions of things that have actually been said to me by men in my life. Being a woman is fucking exhausting, and it felt better to scream it into a pop song than scream it into the void. After the past year, I think we can all relate to feeling like we're losing our minds."

Back in 2019, Chvrches contributed the song Death Stranding to an album inspired by the Playstation 4 video game of the same name by legendary creator Hideo Kojima.

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