CHVRCHES Debut Music Video for “How Not To Drown” ft. Robert Smith; Announce U.S. Tour Dates

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On Aug. 27, CHVRCHES will release a new album, Screen Violence, the Scottish indie/pop band’s first album since 2018.

Its latest preview is “How Not to Drown,” a song debuted on Wednesday that features a guest appearance from Robert Smith of The Cure. Lending his unmistakable vocal talents to a verse and backing vocals, he pairs with CHVRCHES vocalist Lauren Mayberry in excellent fashion, the collaboration giving the song a very powerful, urgent tone:

Tell me how
It’s better when the sun goes down
We will never escape this town
I wasn’t scared when he caught me
Look what it taught me

Here’s the song’s stunning music video, as shared Thursday:

“How Not to Drown” joins the previously debuted single “He Said She Said,” which dropped in late April:

Screen Violence will be the fourth full-length album from CHVRCHES to date and the follow-up to 2018’s Love Is Dead.

“I think for me it was helpful to go into the process with the idea that I could write something escapist almost,” said Mayberry of 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.” While Martin Doherty adds, “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.”

In addition to the album news, the band unveiled North American tour dates for Fall 2021:

11/09 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
11/10 Austin, TX ACL Live
11/11 Austin, TX ACL Live
11/12 Austin, TX ACL Live
11/14 Dallas, TX South Side Ballroom
11/15 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
11/17 Minneapolis, MN Armory
11/18 Milwaukee, WI The Riverside Theater
11/19 Chicago, IL Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
11/20 Columbus, OH Express Live!
11/22 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
11/23 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
11/26 New York, NY Terminal 5
11/27 New York, NY Terminal 5
11/30 Washington, DC Anthem
12/01 Boston, MA House of Blues
12/02 New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall
12/03 Philadelphia, PA Franklin Music Hall
12/05 Cincinnati, OH Ovation
12/06 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
12/08 Denver, CO Mission Ballroom
12/09 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
12/10 Salt Lake City, UT Union
12/11 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
12/13 San Diego, CA Observatory North Park
12/14 San Diego, CA Observatory North Park
12/16 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
12/17 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium


  • Ed Banger says:

    What’s Robert Smith doing on this piece of crap? He was much better on the Not In Love cover by Crystal Castles – this doesn’t rate.

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