Lauren Mayberry slams the misogynistic trolls

Lauren Mayberry - Leave A Trace

Mayberry’s look in the Leave A Trace video had led to some dispicable trolling (YouTube)

CHVRCHES lead singer Lauren Mayberry has spoken out about online misogyny again during an interview on Channel 4 in the UK.

Mayberry, who is 27, recently featured in the band’s new video for its single Leave A Trace, has received a torrent of sexual cyber abuse since that clip was released on music board 4chan. Mayberry was quick to react, and good on her.

The band’s official account followed up.

Here is the clip, in case you’re wondering what this is all about. It’s a song we’ve praised highly on this blog, too. And when you compare this clip to those of the likes of Nicki Minaj and others, it’s somewhat astonishing anything overtly sexual could be drawn from it.

Mayberry, though, is not shying away from the bullies, and is determined to bury them, which for a woman in her position is the only right thing to do. That said, it still takes a certain degree of bravery to do so, especially when some of these trolls are suggesting they know where she lives and will rape her given the opportunity.

That any woman should be expected to put up with this type of abuse is disgusting. As Mayberry states in the interview, were this to happen in person, and not on the Internet, serious charges could be laid and followed through, one would hope, with a criminal conviction for the perpetrators.

Anonymity on the Internet has long been a problem. It’s one that is difficult to solve, but only by speaking out against those using it as a shield for their pathetic rants will we see it fade. I pay huge respect to Lauren Mayberry for being so vocal about the problem. While a solution may seem far off, it’s comments such as hers that get us closer every day.

Mayberry and CHVRCHES has been highlighting this type of abuse for a few years now. Mayberry indeed wrote a piece on The Guardian on the topic in 2013, in which she re-published some of the sickening comments the band receives on a regular basis.

It’s tough to read, but with the fight well and truly taken up by Mayberry and others, such content will either be purged from the world wide web entirely, or those responsible will be weeded out and held to account.

Fight the good fight with her, and highlight any abuse online you see. You’ll feel good doing it. These arseholes should not be allowed to sleep comfortably at night thinking that their actions are normal or acceptable. They’re not.

Spending time with Cigars Of The Pharaoh

I’ve been pretty busy this past couple of weeks with music of my own, for a change. My band, Cigars Of The Pharaoh, has been into the studio to record our first EP, which we’ve titled Mystery Highway. It’s comprised of four songs and was done in just less than a week, all up.

We recorded and mixed over three days with the incomparable Sean Carey at Church Street Studios in Sydney. This is the fifth record I’ve made with Sean, and probably the best, but he’s always an absolute joy to work with, and a truly skilled musician.

We mastered the songs a few days later with Steve Smart at Studios 301, a veritable legend of the industry Down Under, and now it’s all being printed and pressed.

Here is the cover art, delightfully put together by photographer Meredith Schofield and graphic designer Jacalin Ding.

Cigars Of The Pharaoh - Mystery Highway

Cigars Of The Pharaoh – Mystery Highway cover art

Since sending out the finished audio files to a few people, we’ve been approached by The A&R Department in Sydney to help us with a single and EP launch. They loved the sound and are keen to work with us, so that’s a huge compliment given they’re probably the best at what they do in Australia. We’ve also got some early airplay on a national commercial station, Triple M, which is doubly amazing.

So all in all, it’s been a pretty great fortnight. To hear some of the tracks, just visit the website’s music page.

CHVRCHES let another new track out

Scottish electro poppers CHVRCHES have released another new track into the public domain from the forthcoming album Every Open Eye. Check it out.

The track is called Never Ending Circles and is the second tune from the new album after Leave A Trace popped up last month.

The album is due for release on 25 September.

Anika Nilles releases Synergy vid

One of my favourite drummers at the moment, Anika Nilles, this week released the video for her new track Synergy. Her talent is more and more ridiculous. She’s got tremendous feel, chops, time, and her song-writing aint bad either, for her genre at least, which is a sort of instrumental jazz rock, I guess.

Anyway, you can check out the track, and her insane skills behind the kit, right below.

Alessia Cara sings what us weird kids always thought

If you haven’t heard Alessia Cara’s debut single, Here, I highly recommend it. Lyrically, it’s a real breath of fresh air, not least because it comes from a 19-year-old. She describes being stuck at a party she just doesn’t want to be it, looking around at all the people there that she’s clearly outgrown.

You will no doubt have heard the underlying sample of Portishead’s Glory Box, from its 1994 Dummy album. Perhaps that’s what drew me into it in the first place, but Alessia Cara, at 19, certainly has a bit of talent without the assistance of that classic.

If you think about young women in pop right now, those selling all the records are writing some pretty mundane shit, like Taylor Swift, who interestingly Alessia chose to cover recently at the BBC.

But if Alessia can steer clear of the whole revenge lyrics vibe that has made Swift a global icon, she could be on to something. She was even able to invite the people from the original party back to be in her video. Yep, all the people in the clip are playing themselves at a recreated version of the party that is the topic of the song. You don’t pull that off my making enemies with your lyrics.

So good for Alessia, I say, for showing the maturity not to burn the bridges that helped her navigate cross a few difficult places in the tricky road of teenage life. We’ll be looking out for more from this cool little lady in the making.

If you want to know more, there is a great Q&A with Alessia Cara over at The 405.

These fans really want Foo Fighters to visit

Cesena in Italy probably isn’t a place you’ve heard much about – until now. Recently, around 1000 musicians got together there to play Foo Fighters’ 1999 hit Learn To Fly, under the name of a project called Rockin 1000.

Why? Well, all they want is for Dave Grohl’s band to visit the town and play a show. We wait to hear whether or not the bid, which is at outrageous and inspiring as they come, is successful or not.

Even if the band only plays to 1000, there is no question it would be the most ardent 1000 fans they’ve ever played in front of. How could they possibly refuse?

The track Learn To Fly is, of course, featured on the There Is Nothing Left To Lose. Well, Dave, and the rest of the Fooeys – you have nothing left to lose. Get yourselves on a flight to Cesena … STAT!!! I’m pretty sure you won’t regret it.


Of course, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters couldn’t help but respond to this, being one of the almost 10 million that have now seen it on YouTube. He responded in Italian, of course, but the upshot is, he’s going to Cesena. We don’t know when, but he’s going and he’s taking Foo Fighters with him. Happy days!!

Loosely translated Grohl says he’s sorry he doesn’t speak much Italian, but that he’d seen the video and it was beautiful, very beautiful.

“We’re coming, I promise. We’ll see each other soon. Thank you so much. I love you. Ciao.”

What a great story. The final chapter will be the concert. I’m almost tempted to go for myself!!

Worshipping CHVRCHES just now

A couple of weeks ago, CHVRCHES released a single from their forthcoming new album. Leave A Trace is its name, and I’m totally obsessing over it. Check it out here.

It’s such a catchy little ditty, with a wicked bassline that just makes me want to listen to it over and over again. The song will be part of the Glasgow band’s newest album Every Open Eye, which is to be released in late September – just before my birthday (hint hint).

I really enjoyed the first CHVRCHES album, The Bones Of What You Believe. I’ve got a feeling the newie is going to top that if this single is anything to go by. Bring it on.

And to finish things off, here’s a great little pick of a great little singer, Lauren Mayberry.

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Battles: The Art of Repetition

A great little mini-documentary has popped up on YouTube this week, with New York band Battles at the heart of it. It’s a great insight into the process of writing for the band, from concepts to recording to playing it live for the fans. Pretty sweet stuff, if you’re a music geek like me.

Here’ the YouTube blurb:

“Ableton visit Battles at their New York rehearsal space, onstage at Immergut Festival and in Rhode Island at Machines with Magnets studios for the recording of their new album “La Di Da Di”. Along the way, we get an intimate look inside the band’s set-up, their methods of composing, plus we get to know the three very different personalities that drive the band forward. Check out our article on Battles, including an interview with guitarist, keyboard and Push player Ian Williams.

And, here’s the clip!! Enjoy.

Korn blows Rihanna’s new cut to pieces

We thought Rihanna’s new track Bitch Better Have My Money was pretty decent in its original form, particularly when enjoyed over the mind-blowing visuals of its accompanying music video.

But you know, sometimes even the best things in life need a lift – even if they’re already nestled high above the clouds in musical heaven. Allow me to introduce the Korn remix of the track which is, quite frankly, absolutely awesome.

Just a tip – pay particular attention to the last 50 seconds or so. It’s all brain-meltingly good!!