CHVRCHES have returned with “He Said She Said,” the first standalone single to arrive since their 2018 album Love is Dead.
“He Said She Said” is an arresting recount from vocalist Lauren Mayberry of experiences she has faced as a woman in the music industry. From being told “you need to be fed / but keep an eye on your waistline” to being reminded that she needs to “look good but don’t be obsessed,” Mayberry paints a confronting picture of aggravating sexism over the bright electronic pop instrumentals we have come to expect from the Scottish trio.
“‘He Said She Said’ is my way of reckoning with things I’ve accepted that I know I shouldn’t have,” Mayberry said in a statement. “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.”
Following the pandemic and subsequent lockdown in 2020 the trio found themselves split up, with Mayberry and Martin Doherty isolating in Los Angeles while Iain Cook remained in Glasgow. The group opted to write and record “He Said She Said” remotely via video calls and audio sharing programs.
In an interview last year, Mayberry said that collaborating remotely meant CHVRCHES were “communicating at the highest level of efficiency and openness.” It also meant they were removed from “expectations and pressure” as well as “the bullshit of the music industry.”
“As a result, I think this is the most excited that anybody in the band has been about an album since the first record,” she said.
While you wait for more details on the new CHVRCHES album, listen to “He Said She Said” here: