Having already shared “Get Out” and The National’s Matt Berninger-assisted “My Enemy,” it’s clear that CHVRCHES are gearing up to deliver a much more universal body of work with the release of their anticipated new album Love Is Dead, which is due out May 25.
This week, the Scottish trio – Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty – are back with yet another new cut, the pulsating “Never Say Die,” which Lauren says is one of the first tracks they recorded with producer Greg Kurstin (Sia, Tegan & Sara, etc.).
Like its predecessors, the third release off of the LP boasts a typically unstoppable hook while questioning: “Wasn’t it gonna be fun and wasn’t it gonna be new? Wasn’t it gonna be different and wasn’t it gonna be true?” It also culminates with some pretty massive, thundering synths throughout in classic CHVRCHES form.
“‘Never Say Die‘ is one of my favorite songs on the record because it really leans into the juxtaposition of what we do — the mixture between the dark and the light. It’s melodic and direct but uses some of the gnarliest sounds we’ve ever tried,” Lauren said in a statement. “The chorus lyric came about very quickly but the verses took a lot longer. I really wanted to sum up a feeling of trying to be optimistic when you feel disillusioned by the people around you, but trying to keep going because ‘Goonies Never Say Die’.”
They’re three for three so far. The music that CHVRCHES have made with Greg isn’t necessarily a big departure from their signature, but the vocals are mixed a little higher, and the hooks are a little more sticker. The changes are subtle, but their grand effect is still intact.