Pitchfork Interviews Chvrches

"Nothing gets my hackles up like being told I can’t do something."

Pitchfork’s Laura Snapes caught a glimpse into Chvrches’ studio time, where she asked them about inspirations, relationships, the new album, and misogyny.

She asked them about stripping down their final track, bringing it to its roots of Lauren Mayberry’s vocals and an organ, after Martin Doherty found an obsession with Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson.

“At the start, we built up these [songs] with 80 tracks, but then you put on fucking ‘Smooth Criminal’ or ‘Billie Jean’ and you’re just like, ‘Whoa, those only have eight tracks per song—how do we get to that?’” Doherty says. “There’s way less in those songs than you would ever imagine, because they sound fucking huge.”

Snapes spends her time in the studio that Chvrches has recorded most of their music in since they became a band in 2011. “Someone made the point that our first album is probably one of the very few self-written, self-recorded, self-produced records to make it into the UK Top 10,” Mayberry said. “That made me feel pretty good.”

The reporter also asked Martin Doherty about the trio’s thoughts going into the recording of their second album. He said:

“After making one record that people really like, some bands reject the things that everyone liked about them and make some really deep, thoughtful, dark record—but I wanted to avoid making a “mature” album. That said, it’s not like we’re making saccharine shite. There’s important lyrical content, and we’re still pushing the same emotional boundaries, but also trying to make it as accessible as possible.”

Finally, Lauren Mayberry discusses facing misogyny over the past few years:

“There’s scenes in a couple of songs that are about relationships where people try to decide what you should be doing for you. I had somebody say to me once, “You can’t make the kind of music you’re making and call yourself a feminist.” The door was slammed on them swiftly after that. Nothing gets my hackles up like being told I can’t do something.”

Check out the full interview here.