CHVRCHES’ lead singer Lauren Mayberry voiced her concerns today about gun control in the US with a short video posted on Twitter in wake of the mass shooting yesterday in Sutherland Springs, Texas which left 26 dead and many more injured. As a child, Mayberry grew up in the town of Dunblane, Scotland which suffered the deadliest mass shooting in British history and ultimately led to stricter gun control laws within the country. Mayberry, who now lives in America, reflected on this memory and the resulting actions taken by the British, has called upon U.S. politicians to take action on gun control and mental healthcare funding. She stated, "prayers are not what stopped more atrocities like Dunblane happening in the UK, gun control did." Watch the video below.
Lauren Mayberry to Perform at the Make Equality Reality Gala in Celebration of Equality Now’s 25th Anniversary
This coming Monday, October 30th, Equality Now will be celebrating their 25th anniversary at their annual “Make Equality Reality” gala. Equality Now, in its own words, “works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world.”
Equality Now will be honoring Susan Chokachi (President and CEO, Gucci America) and Brisa De Angulo (Founder, A Breeze of Hope Foundation) with special performances by CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry, Amir Arison, Vinie Burrows, Amy Carlson, Ana Gasteyer, Aasif Mandvi, Jennifer Morrison, Adepero Oduye, Dascha Polanco, Alysia Reiner, AnnaSophia Robb, Sheetal Sheth, Sasheer Zamata, Vicious Psi Steppers and a musical performance by Haim.
Mayberry has been a long-time advocate for equality, human rights and many other causes. Thank you, Lauren, and thank you to everyone involved with helping those in need. We stand with you.
The “Make Equality Reality” gala will be hosted at Gotham Hall in New York City with arrivals beginning at 6 PM. For sponsorship opportunities and tickets please click here.
Earlier today Entertainment Weekly premiered CHVRCHES’ cover song of Tegan and Sara’s “Call It Off” for the upcoming album The Con X: Covers which is due out October 20th. Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty have done it again with another beautiful cover. Much longer than the original, this ambient interpretation will have you feeling like you’re floating in the clouds above. Give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comments below.
“Lauren [Mayberry of CHVRCHES] was one of the first artists we approached for The Con X: Covers project,” Tegan Quin told EW of the track. “We are massive fans of CHVRCHES and the music they make. Lauren is an ally to the LGBTQ community and has been outspoken and political, so she fit the ethos of the project perfectly. CHVRCHES are in the studio making a new record, so we were touched they made the time to cover ‘Call It Off.’”
Pre-order The Con X: Covers tomorrow from teganandsara.com and receive an instant download of CHVRCHES’ cover of “Call It Off”.
Yesterday, Tegan and Sara announced the artists who will be covering songs from their album The Con in celebration of its 10th anniversary. This amazing list of artists includes CHVRCHES, MUNA, Shura, PVRIS, Bleachers, Hayley Williams, Grimes, Cyndi Lauper and more. See the full tracklist below.
Proceeds will go to the Tegan and Sara Foundation which supports self-identified women and girls in the LGBTQ community. In the announcement the duo stated, “We asked 14 artists who were either outspoken allies of the LGTBQ community or LGBTQ themselves to each cover a song from The Con. We encouraged each artist to approach the song they were covering in any fashion they saw fit.”
CHVRCHES will be covering “Call It Off”.
Pre-orders for The Con X: Covers will begin on Tuesday, September 19 via teganandsara.com. The album is due out October 20th on CD and digital streaming while a vinyl edition is scheduled for release on December 22nd.
CD and Vinyl Tracklisting:
1. Ruth B. – I Was Married
2. MUNA – Relief Next to Me
3. Shura – The Con
4. Mykki Blanco – Knife Going In
5. PVRIS – Are You Ten Years Ago
6. Ryan Adams – Back in Your Head
7. City and Colour – Hop a Plane
8. Kelly Lee Owens – Soil, Soil
9. Bleachers – Burn Your Life Down
10. Hayley Williams of Paramore – Nineteen
11. Sara Bareilles – Floorplan
12. Shamir – Like O, Like H
13. Trashique (GRIMES X HANA) – Dark Come Soon
14. CHVRCHES – Call it Off
Digital Bonus Tracks:
15. Cyndi Lauper – Back in Your Head (Bonus Track)
16. Bleached – One Second (Bonus Track)
17. Vivek Shraya – I Take All the Blame (Bonus Track)
18. Tegan and Sara – Miami Still (Bonus Track Demo)
Lauren Mayberry will be celebrating the big 3-0 this year on October 7, 2017 and we would like to help make this birthday a special one. With CHVRCHES busy recording a new album and not on the road we came up with the idea of a sending a group birthday card to Lauren via email.
Click here to sign this online card and wish Lauren happy birthday with text, your signature and even a small photo. Registration is not required however an email address is needed when signing the card for the purpose of user authentication. To begin, select the ‘next’ button until you arrive at the next available blank page so you don’t write on someone else’s page and then select ‘Sign the Card’ to being your entry. Please make sure your text is complete before submitting as it can't be edited later on. The video below is a demonstration of how to navigate the site for your submission. If you have any issues submitting please let us know and will happily try to help out.
Thank you for helping us make Lauren’s 30th birthday a special one.
Earlier this year CHVRCHES’ lead singer Lauren Mayberry and actor Justin Long visited the Girls Home in Granada, Nicaragua. Seeing the difficulties others face in this world is rather eye-opening but when we come together as people to help others these experiences can be very heartwarming.
Watch the new video below produced by Rachel Collingwood and Andrew Sutton capturing these moments from this visit by Mayberry and Long. To learn more and how you can help, please visit the Girls Home.
Yesterday MTV News revealed that CHVRCHES would be making appearances in the upcoming Archie Comics’ series The Archies. Coming this October, the gang from Riverdale including Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Reggie will hit the road as a touring band following their musical dreams as a band called The Archies. Written by Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg with art by Joe Eisma.
During their adventures on the road they will meet with other real-life bands, the very first being CHVRCHES who will make a cameo towards the end of issue #2 and then become mentors to The Archies in issue #3. Betty and Veronica will encounter some real-life experiences very similar to those faced by CHVRCHES’ lead singer Lauren Mayberry. Below is an excerpt that can be read in full from MTV News.
"Lauren handles everything from hecklers at the shows to the way the press portrays her with such grace and such skill and is still a badass front woman who is always putting the focus on the music and on her band," co-writer Matt Rosenberg said.
The Archies #1 hits comic book stores on October 4th with issue #2 due out on November 8th. Watch the official announcement of CHVRCHES’ appearance in the video below.
Australian radio station Triple J has had a plethora of great musicians come through their studio for their weekly series “Like A Version”. During these appearances, each guest performs an original song and a song they love by someone else. Since 2005 compilations of these cover songs have been released in Australia but now for the very first time one will be made available in North America due out September 22, 2017 via Metropolitan Groove Merchants titled Like A Version according to Pitchfork.
This special release of cover songs from the past few years will include CHVRCHES’ Artic Monkeys cover of “Do I Wanna Know?” and Robert Delong’s CHVRCHES cover of “The Mother We Share”. Check out both covers and a full tracklist below.
Like a Version Tracklist:
01 Tame Impala: “Confide in Me” - Kylie Minogue
02 Flume: “My Boo” - Ghost Town DJs
03 Mark Ronson: “I Sat By the Ocean” - Queens of the Stone Age
04 CHVRCHES: “Do I Wanna Know” - Arctic Monkeys
05 Chet Faker: “(Lover) You Don’t Treat Me No Good” - Sonia Dada
06 Ben Folds: “Such Great Heights” - The Postal Service
07 John Butler Trio: “Happy” - Pharrell Williams
08 Meg Mac: “Bridges” - Broods
09 Bon Iver: “Coming Down” - Anaiis Mitchell
10 Mumford & Sons: “Unfinished Business” - White Lies
11 Boy & Bear: “Back to Black” - Amy Winehouse
12 Cub Sport: “Ultralight Beam” - Kanye West
13 Broods: “One Dance” - Drake
14 Robert DeLong: “The Mother We Share” - CHVRCHES
15 James Vincent McMorrow: “West Coast” - Lana Del Rey
16 San Cisco: “Get Lucky” - Daft Punk
17 DMA's: “Believe” - Cher
18 City & Color: “Settle Down” - Kimbra
19 The Jezabels: “Don’t Stop Believing” - Journey
20 Ásgeir: “Stolen Dance” - Milky Chance
21 Catfish & The Bottlemen: “Read My Mind” - The Killers
Lauren Mayberry and CHVRCHES co-producer pal David Simpson recently wrote and performed a song called, “Ballad For A Friend” for the soundtrack of a new Funny Or Die mini-series called The Real Stephen Blatt starring Justin Long.
Per Tony Stopperan, “The Real Stephen Blatt documents the rise to "Influencer" fame for unpopular 17-year old Stephen Blatt (Justin Long) after an accidental viral Instagram video. Documentary interviews and flashbacks illuminate Stephen's quest for the validation of internet celebrity and the relationships with his friends and family he destroys to achieve it.”
Watch season one of The Real Stephen Blatt on Funny Or Die or Amazon Prime Video.
While visiting friends and family back home in Scotland, CHVRCHES’ lead singer Lauren Mayberry joined Paramore and their hype woman Eleanor on stage for an electrifying rendition of “Misery Business” last night at Usher Hall in Edinburgh.
Watch a video clip of this performance below from Becca and here’s hoping these guest appearances from both bands continue. Hayley Williams of Paramore has previously joined CHVRCHES on stage several times for their hit single “Bury It”.