Love Is Dead (Chvrches album)

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Love Is Dead
Chvrches - Love Is Dead.png
Studio album by
Released25 May 2018 (2018-05-25)
RecordedFebruary–December 2017
Studio
  • Echo, Los Angeles[a]
  • Alucard, New York City[b]
  • Red Bull, New York City[c]
  • Rokstone, London[d]
GenreSynth-pop[1]
Length49:03
Label
Producer
Chvrches chronology
Every Open Eye
(2015)
Love Is Dead
(2018)
Hansa Session EP
(2018)
Singles from Love Is Dead
  1. "Get Out"
    Released: 31 January 2018
  2. "My Enemy"
    Released: 28 February 2018
  3. "Never Say Die"
    Released: 29 March 2018
  4. "Miracle"
    Released: 10 April 2018
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?6.6/10[2]
Metacritic73/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[4]
The A.V. ClubB[5]
The Independent5/5 stars[6]
Mojo4/5 stars[7]
NME4/5 stars[8]
The Observer4/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork6.3/10[1]
Q3/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[11]
Uncut6/10[12]

Love Is Dead is the third studio album by Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches. It was released on 25 May 2018 by Virgin EMI Records and Goodbye Records. The album was co-produced by Greg Kurstin, marking the first time the band have worked with outside producers. The band collaborated with David Stewart from Eurythmics and Matt Berninger from The National during production. The album was announced by Martin Doherty at the start of January 2018, with frontwoman Lauren Mayberry accidentally revealing the album's name in a since-deleted interview that same month.

After wiping their social media accounts, the band released the lead single, "Get Out", on 31 January. The track listing for the album was released two days before the next single, "My Enemy", which featured Berninger, was released on 28 February. The third single from the album, "Never Say Die", was released on 29 March. "Miracle" was released as the fourth single on 10 April.

Videos were released for "Get Out", "Miracle", "Out Of My Head" and "Graffiti".

The song "Forever" is featured prominently in the third season of the Netflix series Elite.[13]

Background[edit]

In September 2015, the band released their second studio album, Every Open Eye, two years after the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, The Bones of What You Believe. It received positive reviews and spawned the singles "Leave a Trace", "Clearest Blue", "Never Ending Circles" and "Empty Threat". Besides releasing the song "Warning Call", cowritten with Solar Fields, for the game Mirror's Edge Catalyst, and releasing a version of "Bury It" with Paramore's Hayley Williams, the band stayed relatively quiet for the rest of the year and the next.

On 1 January 2018, Martin Doherty announced that the band would release an album within the year.[14] That same month, Lauren Mayberry "accidentally" confirmed this and revealed the album's title in an interview, which has been since deleted.[15] On 26 February, the band revealed the tracklist to the album on Twitter.[16]

Recording and production[edit]

The band started working on Love Is Dead on 7 February 2017 in Los Angeles.[17] In 24 February, David Stewart, formerly one-half of the musical duo Eurythmics, revealed that he was in the studio with the band.[18] Greg Kurstin was revealed as a producer for the album on 12 December, with work nearing completion.[19] According to an article from The Independent, the band opted for more universal topics instead of introspection during production, jotting down ideas in a notebook whenever an opportunity passed.[20]

Musical style[edit]

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the band described their work with Kurstin as "the most pop stuff we've done and also the most aggressive and vulnerable at the same time".[21][22][23] On Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show, on the premiere of "Get Out", Mayberry said that:

After Every Open Eye, we went back into a little writing studio—this time in New York—but we still wanted to take a little time to work out where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do. We decided this time we wanted to work with a producer. I think it was really good for us to be pushed to do things differently and take risks.

She also explained the album would take an "honest" approach.

If it's going to be more pop it should be more aggressively pop—there's no doing things in half measures. It was nice to not be second guessing ourselves. It's still consistent with what we've done before but it feels like it'll be more of a live experience.[24]

Promotion[edit]

The album's lead single, "Get Out", premiered on BBC Radio 1 on 31 January 2018, where Annie Mac dubbed it the Hottest Record in the World; it was released the same day.[25] The second single, "My Enemy", featuring vocals from Matt Berninger of The National, was named Zane Lowe's World Record when it premiered on Beats 1 in 28 February, after the tracklist and artwork reveal.[26] "Never Say Die" was released on 29 March, the third single from the album.[27] Premiered on BBC Radio 1, "Miracle" was released on 10 April as the fourth and final single. It is the album's only song recorded in the United Kingdom.[28]

Prior to the release of "Get Out", and after wiping all of their social media accounts, the band released a short video with a weblink captioned "GET IN", which contained a link that would lead to a Facebook Messenger page made by the band.[29][30] Furthermore, in the music video for the respective single, alongside Matt Berninger taping an advertisement, a poster advertised a phone number. When called, Mayberry reads part of the lyrics to "My Enemy".[31]

Prior to the official release, the band celebrated the upcoming album with a release party by performing live at iHeartRadio Album Release Party in New York City on 22 May. During the show, they debuted some of the new music for the first time, including songs like "God's Plan", "Graffiti" and "Forever".[32]

Commercial performance[edit]

Love Is Dead debuted at number seven on the UK Albums Chart, selling 11,763 copies in its first week.[33]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Iain Cook, Martin Doherty, Lauren Mayberry and Greg Kurstin, and produced by Kurstin; except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Graffiti" 
  • Mac
  • Ice Mike
3:38
2."Get Out"  3:51
3."Deliverance"  4:12
4."My Enemy" (featuring Matt Berninger)
  • Cook
  • Doherty
  • Mayberry
Chvrches3:53
5."Forever" 
  • Ice Mike
  • 31st Day
3:44
6."Never Say Die"  4:23
7."Miracle"
  • Mac
  • Chvrches
3:08
8."Graves"  4:43
9."Heaven/Hell"  5:05
10."God's Plan"
  • Cook
  • Doherty
  • Mayberry
Chvrches3:31
11."Really Gone"
  • Cook
  • Doherty
  • Mayberry
Chvrches3:11
12."ii"  1:09
13."Wonderland"  4:35
Total length:49:03
Japanese edition bonus tracks[34]
No.TitleLength
14."Get Out" (One Bit Remix)5:25
15."Get Out" (Roosevelt Remix)3:09
16."Miracle" (Manila Killa Remix)3:07
Total length:61:03
Japanese deluxe edition bonus tracks[35]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
14."Out of My Head" (featuring Wednesday Campanella)
  • Cook
  • Doherty
  • Mayberry
  • KOM_I
  • Kenmochi Hidefumi
Chvrches3:28
15."Get Out" (Roosevelt Remix)  3:08
16."Miracle" (IHF Remix)
  • Cook
  • Doherty
  • Mayberry
  • Mac
  • Mac
  • Chvrches
3:29
17."Miracle" (Mija Remix)
  • Cook
  • Doherty
  • Mayberry
  • Mac
  • Mac
  • Chvrches
4:31
18."Miracle" (The Juan Maclean Remix)
  • Cook
  • Doherty
  • Mayberry
  • Mac
  • Mac
  • Chvrches
5:24
Total length:69:11

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Love Is Dead.[36]

Chvrches[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Technical[edit]

  • Greg Kurstinrecord engineering (1–3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13)
  • Julian Burg – record engineering (1–3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13)
  • Alex Pasco – record engineering (1–3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13)
  • David Simpson – record engineering (4, 10, 14)
  • Sean O'Brien – record engineering (4)
  • Dann Pursey – record engineering (7)
  • Chris Laws – record engineering (7)
  • Mark Bengston – record engineering (10)
  • Chvrches – record engineering (11)
  • Hideyuki Matsuhashi – record engineering (14)
  • Spike Stentmixing
  • Michael Freeman – mixing assistance
  • Chris Gehringermastering

Artwork[edit]

  • Warren Fu – creative direction
  • Liz Hirsch – design, layout
  • Lindsey Byrnes – sleeve photograph
  • Danny Clinch – inside photograph

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[37] 7
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[38] 16
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[39] 60
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[40] 86
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[41] 22
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[42] 41
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[43] 88
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[44] 16
Irish Albums (IRMA)[45] 15
Japan Hot Albums (Billboard Japan)[46] 52
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[47] 45
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[48] 35
Scottish Albums (OCC)[49] 5
South Korean International Albums (Gaon)[50] 3
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[51] 81
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[52] 27
UK Albums (OCC)[53] 7
US Billboard 200[54] 11
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[55] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[56] 1

Love is Dead Tour[edit]

In support of their new album, Chvrches played live worldwide in the festival circuit and venues between 2018 and 2019. The tour officially started on May 25, 2018, with a free show at House Of Vans in London to celebrate the release of their album, but an early album release party held at iHeartRadio Theatre in New York[57] and other two previous shows (May 19, 2018 - The Josie Dye One Year Anniversary Show at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto and May 21, 2018 - Elsewhere, Brooklyn, NY) are generally considered as part of the tour based on their common setlist and stage design. On December 10, 2019, the band announced the official end of the tour with a message posted on their blog.[58] The band performed in over 20 countries, attending more than 150 events. For the very first time since their formation, the band added a live drummer, Jonny Scott, to their touring lineup.[59]

Setlist[edit]

Chvrches performing live at The Greek Theatre in Griffith Park, Los Angeles in 2018

While the played setlist varied slightly with each show, the typical setlist contained:

  1. "Get Out"
  2. "Bury It"
  3. "Gun"
  4. "We Sink"
  5. "Graffiti"
  6. "Graves"
  7. "Miracle"
  8. "Under the Tide"
  9. "Science/Visions"
  10. "Forever"
  11. "Recover"
  12. "Leave a Trace"
  13. "Clearest Blue"
  14. "Never Say Die"
  15. "The Mother We Share"

Stage Design and Crew[edit]

For the Love is Dead tour, the stage design was created by the lighting designer and programmer Louis Oliver, who has been working with the band since 2013. The idea behind the blueprints was to use a flexible design which could fit any type of show size. "The main request from the band was to have a more performance focused design, with looks that amplified their performance."[60] while avoiding the use of any large video screens. The solution was to create 15 touring lighting pods containing 16 Elation Fuze Par Z120 which allowed them to adapt to each venue's limitations. The lighting setup also included 12 Robe BMFL Wash Beams, 13 GLP JDC1, 2 Base Hazer Pros and 2 grandMA2 Light consoles. The most visible elements of the floor package were three custom-built pieces comprising two crosses and a balancing symbol that mimic the artwork created by Warren Fu for the Love is Dead album cover.[61]

The tour crew also included:

  • Tour Manager: Cara McDaniel
  • Production Manager: Patrick Scott
  • Lighting Director: Greg Hill
  • Lighting Crew Chief: Christopher Hassfurther
  • Lighting Tech: Troy Grubb
  • Sound Engineer: David Simpson
  • Lighting Crew Chief: Amanda "Cupcake" Ritchie
  • Lighting Tech: Josh Welch

Shows[edit]

The performances with short setlists (five songs or fewer) are not included in the list below.

Tour dates[edit]

List of concerts showing date, city, country and venue.
Date City Country Venue
North America
19 May 2018 Toronto Canada The Josie Dye One Year Anniversary Show
21 May 2018 New York City United States Elsewhere
22 May 2018 iHeartRadio Theater
Europe
25 May 2018 London United Kingdom House of Vans
26 May 2018 Swansea BBC Music's Biggest Weekend
29 May 2018 Kingston upon Thames The Hippodrome
31 May 2018 Barcelona Spain Primavera Sound
North America
3 June 2018 New York City United States Governors Ball Music Festival
8 June 2018 Hilvarenbeek Netherlands Best Kept Secret
10 June 2018 Manchester United Kingdom Parklife
North America
16 June 2018 Toronto Canada North by Northeast
17 June 2018 Camden United States Radio 104.5's 11th Birthday Show
Europe
22 June 2018 Scheeßel Germany Hurricane Festival
23 June 2018 Neuhausen ob Eck Southside Festival
29 June 2018 Panenský Týnec Czech Republic Aerodrome Festival
30 June 2018 Saint-Cergue Switzerland Open Air St. Gallen
4 July 2018 Gdynia Poland Open'er Festival
6 July 2018 Werchter Belgium Rock Werchter
8 July 2018 Glasgow United Kingdom TRNSMT
11 July 2018 Linz Austria Ahoi The Full Hit of Summer
13 July 2018 Algés Portugal NOS Alive
15 July 2018 London United Kingdom Citadel Festival at Gunnersbury Park
Oceania
21 July 2018 Apollo Bay Australia Splendour in the Grass
22 July 2018 Sydney Hordern Pavilion
23 July 2018 Melbourne Margaret Court Arena
Asia
27 July 2018 Seoul South Korea Sound City Seoul at SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium
29 July 2018 Yuzawa Japan Fuji Rock Festival
North America
1 August 2018 Chicago United States Metro Chicago
2 August 2018 Lollapalooza
3 August 2018 St. Charles Hinterland Music Festival
4 August 2018 Omaha The Waiting Room Lounge
6 August 2018 Denver Ogden Theatre
7 August 2018
9 August 2018 Ogden Ogden Twilight at Ogden Amphitheatre
11 August 2018 San Francisco Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
12 August 2018 Long Beach ALT 98.7 Summer Camp[62]
14 August 2018 Los Angeles Jimmy Kimmel Live Concert Series
Europe
31 August 2018 Stradbally Ireland Electric Picnic
North America
20 September 2018 San Diego United States Cal Coast Open Air Amphitheater
21 September 2018 Las Vegas Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival
22 September 2018 Sacramento City of Trees Music Festival
23 September 2018 Los Angeles Greek Theatre
26 September 2018 Portland Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
27 September 2018 Vancouver Canada Commodore Ballroom
28 September 2018
29 September 2018 Seattle United States Paramount Theatre
2 October 2018 Saint Paul Palace Theatre
3 October 2018
4 October 2018 Milwaukee Riverside Theater
6 October 2018 Austin Austin City Limits Music Festival
8 October 2018 Birmingham Iron City Bham
9 October 2018 Asheville Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
10 October 2018 Atlanta Tabernacle
11 October 2018 New Orleans Joy Theater
13 October 2018 Austin Austin City Limits Music Festival
15 October 2018 Nashville Ryman Auditorium
16 October 2018 Charlotte The Fillmore Charlotte
18 October 2018 Washington, D.C. The Anthem
19 October 2018 Philadelphia Franklin Music Hall
20 October 2018 Boston Orpheum Theatre
21 October 2018
Europe
2 November 2018 Paris France Pitchfork Music Festival
3 November 2018 Utrecht Netherlands TivoliVredenburg
5 November 2018 Brussels Belgium Ancienne Belgique
6 November 2018 Cologne Germany Live Music Hall
7 November 2018 Berlin Tempodrom
9 November 2018 Hamburg Docks
10 November 2018 Vienna Austria Gasometer B
11 November 2018 Stuttgart Germany LKA Longhorn
12 November 2018 Munich Muffathalle
14 November 2018 Milan Italy Fabrique
15 November 2018 Lausanne Switzerland Les Docks
16 November 2018 Luxembourg City Luxembourg Den Atelier
North America
18 November 2018 Mexico City Mexico Corona Capital
28 November 2018 Tulsa United States Cain's Ballroom
1 December 2018 Chicago The Nights We Stole Christmas at Aragon Ballroom
2 December 2018 Tampa 97X Next Big Thing Music Festival
4 December 2018 Kansas City Midland Theatre
6 December 2018 New York City Barclays Center
8 December 2018 San Jose ALT 105.3 Not So Silent Night at SAP Center
9 December 2018 Inglewood The Forum
Oceania]]
30 December 2018 Bream Creek Australia Falls Festival
31 December 2018 Lorne
1 January 2019 Sydney Field Day
2 January 2019 Byron Bay Falls Festival
5 January 2019 Fremantle
7 January 2019 Sydney Sydney Opera House
Europe
7 February 2019 London United Kingdom Alexandra Palace
8 February 2019 Birmingham O2 Academy Birmingham
9 February 2019
11 February 2019 Nottingham Rock City
12 February 2019 Bournemouth O2 Academy Bournemouth
14 February 2019 Manchester Victoria Warehouse
15 February 2019
16 February 2019 Glasgow SSE Hydro
18 February 2019 Newcastle upon Tyne O2 Academy Newcastle
19 February 2019 Belfast Ulster Hall
21 February 2019 Dublin Ireland Olympia Theatre
22 February 2019
Asia
26 February 2019 Osaka Japan Zepp Bay
28 February 2019 Tokyo Toyosu Pit
1 March 2019
North America
30 March 2019 Tehuixtla Mexico Festival Vaivén (Jardines de México)
14 April 2019 Indio United States Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
16 April 2019 Las Vegas Brooklyn Bowl
18 April 2019 Pioneertown Pappy & Harriet's
19 April 2019 Berkeley The Greek Theatre
21 April 2019 Indio Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
22 April 2019 Phoenix The Van Buren
23 April 2019 Tucson Rialto Theatre
26 April 2019 Houston White Oak Music Hall
27 April 2019 Fort Worth Fortress Festival
28 April 2019 Austin Austin City Limits Music Festival
29 April 2019
1 MAY 2019 St. Louis The Pageant
2 May 2019 Chicago Aragon Ballroom
3 May 2019 Memphis Beale Street Music Festival
24 May 2019 Boston Boston Calling Music Festival
Europe
14 June 2019 Madrid Spain Paraiso Festival
North America
29 June 2019 Denver United States Westword Music Showcase
1 July 2019 Kansas City Uptown Theater
2 July 2019 Milwaukee Summerfest
4 July 2019 Ottawa Canada Ottawa Bluesfest
5 July 2019 Quebec City Festival d'été de Québec
6 July 2019 Montreal Montreal International Jazz Festival[63]
7 July 2019 Toronto Noir inisde Rebel
9 July 2019 New Haven United States College Street Music Hall
11 July 2019 New York City Radio City Music Hall
12 July 2019 Pioneer Works
13 July 2019 Minneapolis Basilica Block Party
14 July 2019 Louisville Forecastle Festival
Europe
18 July 2019 Bonțida Romania Electric Castle
21 July 2019 Beccles United Kingdom Latitude Festival
1 August 2019 Inverness Tartan Heart Festival
4 August 2019 Dublin Ireland Beatyard[64]
8 August 2019 Budapest Hungary Sziget Festival
9 August 2019 Piešťany Slovakia GrapeFestival
11 August 2019 Edinburgh United Kingdom Summer Sessions @ Princes Street Gardens
Asia
15 August 2019 Incheon South Korea Your Summer Music Festival @ Paradise City Culture Park
17 August 2019 Osaka Japan Summer Sonic Festival
18 August 2019 Chiba
Europe
23 August 2019 Wetherby United Kingdom Reading and Leeds Festivals
25 August 2019 Reading
North America
7 September 2019 Raleigh United States Hopscotch Music Festival
21 September 2019 Glen Ellen Sonoma Harvest Music Festival
12 October 2019 Washington, D.C. All Things Go - Union Market
2 November 2019 San Diego Dia De Los Deftones
Ocenia
23 November 2019 Canberra Australia Spilt Milk
30 November 2019 Ballarat
North America
6 December 2019 Las Vegas United States Intersect Music Festival @ Las Vegas Festival Grounds[65]
8 December 2019 Los Angeles Wiltern Theatre

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Tracks 1–3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12 and 13
  2. ^ Tracks 4, 10 and 11
  3. ^ Track 10
  4. ^ Track 7

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