Thursday, June 02, 2022

Song of the Day: "How Not to Drown" by Chvrches (with Robert Smith)

Although I like to say that I haven't bought an album of new music since the Bangles' "Everything" in 1988, this is obviously an exaggeration. (You know how we gays are when it comes to hyperbole!) But what I will say is that even when I have discovered a new band in the past two or three decades, it is hard for me to stick with 'em. Perhaps the best example is Chvrches, whose 2013 debut, "The Bones of What You Believe," blew me away -- Damian and I kind of fell in love to it, and we even went to see them at Radio City Music Hall, where we learned that frontwoman Lauren Mayberry's speaking voice makes Sheena Easton sound like a diction instructor -- before I sort of trailed off. Apparently they've released three albums and two EPs since(!), with "Screen Violence" being the most recent, having come out last summer. Just now finding out it featured a song with Robert Smith of the Cure was what it took to get me to play it -- and now it's today's SOTD.


You can also watch them perform it live at the BandLab NME Awards HERE. Now if only he'd do a song with Courtney Barnett!

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