CHVRCHES Premieres New Song “He Said She Said” on BBC Radio 1
- Scottish synth-pop band CHVRCHES premiered a new song “He Said She Said” on BBC Radio 1's Future Sounds with Annie Mac.
The track is the first single off of their upcoming fourth studio album. It was written by Martin Doherty, Lauren Mayberry and Iain Cook.
Frontwoman Lauren Mayberry told Annie Mac, “Like everybody, we've all had a lot of time indoors to reflect. I think it was just having time and space to look back at certain things I've done or experienced and as a woman that you just brush it off and keep going, and it's weird to have a little bit of distance and look at the things and been like 'What the, expletive that you can't say on BBC, was happening?' Whether that's something you did and you internalized or things that other people have done. But also I feel like it was better to scream frustration into a pop song than scream it into the void and hopefully that's something that anybody can relate to at this moment.”
She continued, “It was very freeing, I will say that, yeah. This was the first song that we wrote when we came back to start writing and the barebones of the song were there in about an hour and the opening line of the song was the first lyric that came out, so it must've been in my mind somewhere.”
Lauren Mayberry said of the song in a statement, “Like everyone, I've had a lot of time to think and reflect over the past year; to examine experiences I had previously glossed over or deeply buried. I feel like I have spent a lot of my life (personally and professionally) performing the uncomfortable balancing act that is expected of women and it gets more confusing and exhausting the older I get.
Be successful but only in the way we want you to be. Speak up for yourself but not so loudly that you steal men's thunder. Be attractive but only for the benefit of men, and certainly don't be vain. Strive to be The Hot Sad Girl but don't actually be sad in a way that's inconvenient for anyone. Be smart but not smart enough to ask for more than what you're being given.
'He Said She Said' is my way of reckoning with things I've accepted that I know I shouldn't have. Things I pretended weren't damaging to me. It was the first song we wrote when we started back up, and the opening line (“He said, You bore me to death”) was the first lyric that came out. All the verse lines are tongue-in-cheek or paraphrased versions of things that have actually been said to me by men in my life. Being a woman is fucking exhausting and it felt better to scream it into a pop song than scream it into the void. After the past year, I think we can all relate to feeling like we're losing our minds.”
- source : BBC Radio 1