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CHVRCHES tease new single ‘Over’

The track will mark the Scottish trio's first new music of 2023

By Hollie Geraghty

Chvrches 'Over teaser
CHVRCHES in the teaser for 'Over' (Photo: YouTube)

CHVRCHES have teased a snippet of their new single ‘Over’ – check it out below.

Sharing a short video on social media late yesterday (February 10), the clip sees a camera shot pan from the night sky onto frontwoman Lauren Mayberry as a muffled beat builds in the background atop quiet synths.

“OVER – Coming 2023,” the caption reads, making it the first new music from the Scottish trio since 2021’s Screen Violence and the subsequent Director’s Cut.

The band also shared a cover of Gerard McMann’s ‘Cry Little Sister’ back in September 2021 for Netflix’s dark fantasy film Nightbooks.

Watch the teaser below and pre-save the single here.

Before the announcement, the synth-pop trio also shared a cryptic tweet sparking fan excitement for new music, which read: “wake me up when it’s over.”

The band’s fourth album, Screen Violence, came out in August 2021, and included tracks ‘Final Girl’, ‘Violent Delights’ and ‘How Not To Drown’ featuring The Cure’s Robert Smith.

The expanded Director’s Cut was then released in October of the same year, arriving with three more horror-inspired tracks ‘Killer’, ‘Screaming’ and ‘Bitter End’.

“I think for me it was helpful to go into the process with the idea that I could write something escapist almost,” Mayberry said in a press statement upon announcing the album. “That felt freeing initially, to have concepts and stories to weave your own feelings and experiences through but in the end, all the lyrics were definitely still personal.”

Bandmate Martin Doherty added: “To me, the screen aspect was a bit more literal. When we were making the record, it was like half of our lives were lived through screens. What began as a concept was now a lifeline.”

Last year, CHVRCHES’ 2015 track ‘Clearest Blue’ experienced a 522 per cent sales rise after featuring in the hit LGBTQ teen series Heartstopper.

Elsewhere, Mayberry recently opened up about experiencing sexual harassment online, sharing that she felt compelled to speak about her experiences after watching Emily Atack’s BBC documentary Asking For It?

“Watched the Emily Atack documentary on BBC iPlayer and it broke my heart — for her to be experiencing those things, but also how relatable it all was,” the singer wrote in a social media post.

Lauren mayberry of Chvrches
Chvrches (pic: Chvrches YouTube)

“Lots of people keep talking to us about this year being the tenth anniversary of the first CHVRCHES album, which got me thinking about a lot of things. So many of the experiences I’ve been able to have in that decade have been truly wonderful but it has also been ten years of the kinds of abuse Emily so eloquently talks about in her documentary.”

“I used to talk about those things a lot more in interviews, but as time went on, it didn’t feel like that changed much. If anything, it felt worse trying to explain something so actually traumatic to journalists who didn’t really Get It and were just trying to get a soundbite. The number of gross or violent messages always multiplied whenever anything was posted about it.”

The singer continued that she remembered learning that deep fake porn existed of her online, and how “horrible and violating that felt”, in addition to receiving explicit DMs.

She continued: “None of this is meant to be ‘poor me. I know that I have been dealt a really great hand and I am grateful for it. It’s more just a reflective stream of consciousness to say that this stuff happens to women all the time, always, even if you don’t hear about it. If a threatening dick pic falls in the DM woods, there is always a woman there to receive it.”