CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry has dropped her second-ever solo single, ‘Shame’

It follows on from ‘Are You Awake?’.
Photo Credit: Scarlett Casciello

CHVRCHES’ vocalist Lauren Mayberry has released a new single, ‘Shame’.

The track follows on from her recent drop ‘Are You Awake?’, and a solo headline tour that saw her play London’s KOKO earlier this week.

“I had the idea for a while of a song that had the tagline of “what a shame”, but in a sarcastic way,” Lauren explains. “And the word “shame” having a double meaning – the shame you feel and internalise, but what a shame you feel like that and can’t change it. 

“Looking back on a lot of my life in terms of relationships, sexuality and my sense of self in the world, there is a lot of shame associated with that. I came into my teens in the early-mid 2000s, a time period we now regard as a bit of a shithole in terms of gender and media messages (post Woodstock 99, the dawn of sex tape leaks, Girls Gone Wild, etc etc). What was deemed “attractive” for women and girls was quite disturbing in hindsight, and that’s what went into my brain at a formative time, romanticising bargain basement, local band boy versions of Reality Bites Ethan Hawke. But now I know better, my wiring is still to find those things attractive on a cellular level. I know not to want those things academically, but emotionally, romantically, sexually, I have been trained to find those things valuable and attractive. 

“I know you are what you eat and it’s the taste that keeps me tame.”

Check out the new single below.

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