CHVRCHES COVER “CRY LITTLE SISTER”
FOR NETFLIX’S NEW FILM NIGHTBOOKS
THEIR NEW ALBUM SCREEN VIOLENCE IS OUT NOW ON GLASSNOTE
Fresh from the ubiquitous critical acclaim of their fourth album Screen Violence (“Their best album to date” The Independent), CHVRCHES follow-up with their cover of Gerard McMann’s cult-classic “Cry Little Sister,” taken from Netflix’s Nightbooks. Originally made famous as the theme music from 1987’s The Lost Boys, CHVRCHES add synth textures & ethereal vocals to create a hauntingly beautiful rendition of a timeless classic. The song will be featured on the film’s soundtrack, which also includes the score from Michael Abels (Get Out, Us).
On working on the cover, the band says: “We were so excited to work on this project as we are big fans of everyone involved. Cinema — horror in particular — has always been a big part of CHVRCHES behind the scenes. We have talked about covering Cry Little Sister for years and this seemed like the perfect moment to do it.”
Praise for Screen Violence, out now via EMI / Glassnote:
“ethereal vocals, lyrics abounding with empathy and rage, the propulsion, snap, crackle and pop of the soundscapes pretty much guarantees strong results” – Album Of The Week, The Sunday Times
“a Glaswegian indie band who have parlayed their keen grasp of synth euphorics into the international pop big leagues” – Artist of the Week, The Observer, 4*
“The music is thrilling … racing synths and clattering drums shot through with the citrus rush of John Hughes films” – The Times, 4*
“heady gothic disco … their best album to date.” – The Independent, 4*
“A great way to wallow in the bad stuff.” – Evening Standard, 4*
“marrying the shadowy echoes of ’80s post-punk and goth-rock with electronic elements that make you want to head for your nearest soon-to-be-reopened dingy club.” – NME, 4*
“Chvrches continue to carve their own path, unafraid to tread a thin line between styles… The result is their most euphoric rallying cry to date.” – DIY, 5*
“Their newest offering channels years of anguish into a single four-sided album sleeve, resulting in an uncompromising barrage of lyrical rawness and integrity.” – Clash, 8/10
“A punchy and determined effort, full of big hooks and awash with glittering synth textures.” – Uncut, 8/10
“‘Screen Violence’ is a record that understands the lows to appreciate the highs. Just like the band that made it, it’s that ability to last the distance that counts in the end.” – Dork, 4*
To experience 2020 was to experience something of screen violence. It was to struggle to make the people you loved feel more real than the characters on TV shows, and to experience a world of trauma and tumult as if it was another TV show. 2021, however, marks a decade together for Iain Cook, Martin Doherty, and Lauren Mayberry – a decade whose sound they have helped to create and define.
In their new album Screen Violence – originally conceived as a name for the band, but revived for the album ten years later and during a pandemic when the reality of screen violence has never been more pertinent – they narrate the theme of screen violence in three main forms: on screen, by screens and through screens, touching on feelings of loneliness, disillusionment, fear, heartbreak and regret, and describing both the days of the Video Nasty and the power the screens all around us wield today. Perhaps ironically, or not ironic at all, the album was recorded almost entirely remotely between Los Angeles and Glasgow where they self-produced and mixed the album via video calls and audio sharing programs to create something that is unique and special, but inherently CHVRCHES.
Screen Violence features singles “California,” “He Said She Said,” “How Not To Drown” featuring one of the band’s musical heroes The Cure’s Robert Smith, and “Good Girls” which was recently remixed by the iconic film director and legendary actor, screenwriter and composer John Carpenter. The official accompanying videos for these singles formed a lo-fi, nostalgic, and analogue-inspired trilogy directed by multi-disciplinary artist Scott Kiernan.
Excited to take Screen Violence out on the road, CHVRCHES recently announced details of their forthcoming 2022 UK tour. Preceded by two intimate Scottish outstore shows before kicking off at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange, the band will travel to Newcastle, London and Birmingham, before culminating in Manchester. Tickets are on sale now via www.chvrch.es.
CHVRCHES – 2022 UK Tour Dates
Thursday 10 March – Fat Sams – Dundee
Saturday 12 March – SWG3 – Glasgow
Monday 14 March – Edinburgh – Corn Exchange
Tuesday 15 March – Newcastle – O2 City Hall
Wednesday 16 March – London – O2 Academy Brixton
Friday 18 March – Birmingham – O2 Academy
Saturday 19 March – Manchester – O2 Apollo