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.

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"  3:38
2."Get Out"  3:51
3."Deliverance"  4:12
4."My Enemy" (featuring Matt Berninger)
  • Cook
  • Doherty
  • Mayberry
Chvrches3:53
5."Forever"  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
No.TitleLength
14."Get Out" (One Bit Remix)5:25
15."Get Out" (Roosevelt Remix)3:09
16."Miracle" (Manila Killa Remix)3:07
Japanese deluxe edition bonus tracks
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

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Love Is Dead.[34]

Chvrches[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Technical[edit]

  • Greg Kurstin – record 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 Stent – mixing
  • Michael Freeman – mixing assistance
  • Chris Gehringer – mastering

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)[35] 7
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[36] 16
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[37] 60
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[38] 86
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[39] 22
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[40] 41
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[41] 88
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[42] 16
Irish Albums (IRMA)[43] 15
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[44] 35
Scottish Albums (OCC)[45] 5
South Korean International Albums (Gaon)[46] 3
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[47] 81
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[48] 27
UK Albums (OCC)[49] 7
US Billboard 200[50] 11
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[51] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[52] 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[53] 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.[54] 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.[55]

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."[56] 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.[57]

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

Shows[edit]

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

List of concerts showing date, event, city/state and country.
Date Event City Country
19 MAY 2018 The Josie Dye One Year Anniversary Show Toronto Canada
21 MAY 2018 Elsewhere Brooklyn, NY USA
22 MAY 2018 iHeartRadio Theater New York, NY USA
25 MAY 2018 House Of Vans London United Kingdom
26 MAY 2018 BBC Music's Biggest Weekend Swansea United Kingdom
29 MAY 2018 The Hippodrome Kingston upon Thames United Kingdom
31 MAY 2018 Primavera Sound Barcelona Spain
03 JUN 2018 The Governors Ball Music Festival New York, NY USA
08 JUN 2018 Best Kept Secret (festival) Hilvarenbeek Netherlands
10 JUN 2018 Parklife Manchester United Kingdom
16 JUN 2018 NXNE North by Northeast Toronto Canada
17 JUN 2018 Radio 104.5's 11th Birthday Show Camden, NJ USA
22 JUN 2018 Hurricane Festival Scheessel Germany
23 JUN 2018 Southside Festival Neuhausen Ob Eck Germany
29 JUN 2018 Aerodrome festival Panenský Týnec Czech Republic
30 JUN 2018 Open Air St. Gallen Saint-Cergue Switzerland
04 JUL 2018 Open'er Festival Gdynia Poland
06 JUL 2018 Rock Werchter Werchter Belgium
08 JUL 2018 TRNSMT Glasgow United Kingdom
11 JUL 2018 Ahoi The Full Hit of Summer Linz Austria
13 JUL 2018 NOS Alive Algés Portugal
15 JUL 2018 Citadel Festival at Gunnersbury Park London United Kingdom
21 JUL 2018 Splendour In The Grass Apollo Bay Australia
22 JUL 2018 Hordern Pavilion Sydney Australia
23 JUL 2018 Margaret Court Arena Melbourne Australia
27 JUL 2018 Sound City Seoul at SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium Gangseogu South Korea
29 JUL 2018 Fuji Rock Festival Yuzawa Japan
01 AUG 2018 Metro Chicago, IL USA
02 AUG 2018 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL USA
03 AUG 2018 Hinterland Music Festival Saint Charles, IA USA
04 AUG 2018 The Waiting Room Lounge Omaha, NE USA
06, 07 AUG 2018 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO USA
09 AUG 2018 Ogden Twilight at Ogden Amphitheatre Ogden, UT USA
11 AUG 2018 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival San Francisco, CA USA
12 AUG 2018 ALT 98.7 Summer Camp[58] Long Beach, CA USA
14 AUG 2018 Jimmy Kimmel Live Concert Series Los Angeles, CA USA
31 AUG 2018 Electric Picnic Stradbally Ireland
20 SEP 2018 Cal Coast Open Air Amphitheater San Diego, CA USA
21 SEP 2018 Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival Las Vegas, NV USA
22 SEP 2018 City of Trees Music Festival Sacramento, CA USA
23 SEP 2018 Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA USA
26 SEP 2018 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland, OR USA
27, 28 SEP 2018 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver Canada
29 SEP 2018 Paramount Theatre (Seattle) Seattle, WA USA
02, 03 OCT 2018 Palace Theatre (St. Paul) Saint Paul, MN USA
04 OCT 2018 Riverside Theater (Milwaukee) Milwaukee, WI USA
06 OCT 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival - Weekend 1 Austin, TX USA
08 OCT 2018 Iron City Bham Birmingham, AL USA
09 OCT 2018 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, NC USA
10 OCT 2018 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA USA
11 OCT 2018 Joy Theater New Orleans, LA USA
13 OCT 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival - Weekend 2 Austin, TX USA
15 OCT 2018 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN USA
16 OCT 2018 The Fillmore Charlotte Charlotte, NC USA
18 OCT 2018 The Anthem Washington, DC USA
19 OCT 2018 Franklin Music Hall (former Electric Factory) Philadelphia, PA USA
20, 21 OCT 2018 Orpheum Theatre (Boston) Boston, MA USA
02 NOV 2018 Pitchfork Music Festival Paris France
03 NOV 2018 TivoliVredenburg Utrecht Netherlands
05 NOV 2018 Ancienne Belgique Brussels Belgium
06 NOV 2018 Live Music Hall Cologne Germany
07 NOV 2018 Tempodrom Berlin Germany
09 NOV 2018 Docks Hamburg Germany
10 NOV 2018 Gasometer B Vienna Austria
11 NOV 2018 LKA Longhorn Stuttgart Germany
12 NOV 2018 Muffathalle Munich Germany
14 NOV 2018 Fabrique Milan Italy
15 NOV 2018 Les Docks Lausanne Switzerland
16 NOV 2018 Den Atelier Luxembourg City Luxembourg
18 NOV 2018 Corona Capital Mexico City Mexico
28 NOV 2018 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, OK USA
01 DEC 2018 The Nights We Stole Christmas at Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL USA
02 DEC 2018 97X Next Big Thing Music Festival Tampa, FL USA
04 DEC 2018 Midland Theatre Kansas City USA
06 DEC 2018 Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY USA
08 DEC 2018 ALT 105.3 Not So Silent Night at SAP Center San Jose, CA USA
09 DEC 2018 The Forum Inglewood, CA USA
30 DEC 2018 Falls Festival Bream Creek Australia
31 DEC 2018 Falls Festival Lorne Australia
01 JAN 2019 Field Day (Sydney festival) Sydney Australia
02 JAN 2019 Falls Festival Byron Bay Australia
05 JAN 2019 Falls Festival Fremantle Australia
07 JAN 2019 Sydney Opera House Sydney Australia
07 FEB 2019 Alexandra Palace London United Kingdom
08, 09 FEB 2019 O2 Academy Birmingham Birmingham United Kingdom
11 FEB 2019 Rock City Nottingham United Kingdom
12 FEB 2019 O2 Academy Bournemouth Bournemouth United Kingdom
14, 15 FEB 2019 Victoria Warehouse Manchester United Kingdom
16 FEB 2019 SSE Hydro Glasgow United Kingdom
18 FEB 2019 O2 Academy Newcastle Newcastle United Kingdom
19 FEB 2019 Ulster Hall Belfast United Kingdom
21, 22 FEB 2019 Olympia Theatre Dublin Ireland
26 FEB 2019 Zepp Bay Osaka Japan
28 FEB 2019 Toyosu Pit Tokyo Japan
01 MAR 2019 Toyosu Pit Tokyo Japan
30 MAR 2019 Festival Vaivén (Jardines de México) Tehuixtla Mexico
14 APR 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Indio, CA USA
16 APR 2019 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV USA
18 APR 2019 Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown, CA USA
19 APR 2019 The Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA USA
21 APR 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Indio, CA USA
22 APR 2019 The Van Buren Phoenix, AZ USA
23 APR 2019 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ USA
26 APR 2019 White Oak Music Hall Houston, TX USA
27 APR 2019 Fortress Festival Fort Worth, TX USA
28, 29 APR 2019 Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, TX USA
01 MAY 2019 The Pageant St. Louis, MO USA
02 MAY 2019 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL USA
03 MAY 2019 Beale Street Music Festival Memphis, TN USA
24 MAY 2019 Boston Calling Music Festival Allston, MA USA
14 JUN 2019 Paraiso Festival Madrid Spain
29 JUN 2019 Westword Music Showcase Denver, CO USA
01 JUL 2019 Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO USA
02 JUL 2019 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI USA
04 JUL 2019 Ottawa Bluesfest Ottawa Canada
05 JUL 2019 Festival d'été de Québec Quebec Canada
06 JUL 2019 Montreal International Jazz Festival[59] Montreal Canada
07 JUL 2019 Noir inisde Rebel Toronto Canada
09 JUL 2019 College Street Music Hall New Haven, CT USA
11 JUL 2019 Radio City Music Hall New York, NY USA
12 JUL 2019 Pioneer Works Brooklyn, NY USA
13 JUL 2019 Basilica Block Party Minneapolis, MN USA
14 JUL 2019 Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY USA
18 JUL 2019 Electric Castle Bonțida Romania
21 JUL 2019 Latitude Festival Beccles United Kingdom
01 AUG 2019 Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival Beaufort United Kingdom
04 AUG 2019 Beatyard[60] Dublin Ireland
08 AUG 2019 Sziget Festival Budapest Hungary
09 AUG 2019 GrapeFestival Piestany Slovakia
11 AUG 2019 Summer Sessions @ Princes Street Gardens Edinburgh United Kingdom
15 AUG 2019 YOURSUMMER Music Festival @ Paradise City Culture Park Incheon South Korea
17, 18 AUG 2019 Summer Sonic Festival Osaka / Chiba Japan
23 AUG 2019 Reading and Leeds Festivals - Bramham Park Wetherby United Kingdom
25 AUG 2019 Reading and Leeds Festivals Reading United Kingdom
07 SEP 2019 Hopscotch Music Festival Raleigh, NC USA
21 SEP 2019 Sonoma Harvest Music Festival Glen Ellen, CA USA
12 OCT 2019 All Things Go - Union Market Washington, DC USA
02 NOV 2019 Dia De Los Deftones San Diego, CA USA
23 NOV 2019 Spilt Milk (festival) Canberra Australia
30 NOV 2019 Spilt Milk (festival) Ballarat Australia
06 DEC 2019 Intersect Music Festival @ Las Vegas Festival Grounds[61] Las Vegas, NV USA
08 DEC 2019 Wiltern Theatre Los Angeles, CA USA

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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