CHVRCHES team with The National’s Matt Berninger on ‘My Enemy’


We’re afraid we have some bad news for y’all: Now that you’ve finally gotten that new CHVRCHES jam “Get Out” free from your headspace, along comes a new earworm track from the Scottish electronic-pop trio. This one’s called “My Enemy,” it’s a much more chilled-out, atmospheric joint, and it features guest vocals from The National’s Matt Berninger. Listen to it below.

“We’ve all been huge fans of The National for a long time,” says vocalist Lauren Mayberry. “We had played a few festivals together but really got to know Matt when we were involved in 7 Inches For Planned Parenthood, a fundraising and awareness campaign that he spearheaded. It’s really inspiring and reassuring to meet other artists you admire and realise that they are trying to do some good in the world. We kept in touch after that and, when it came time to record “My Enemy,” Iain and Martin suggested I email Matt to see if he’d like to sing on it. We never realistically thought he’d have time to do it but he replied right away and recorded the track at his house the next day.”

In addition to “My Enemy,” we’ve also got news on new CHVRCHES album, Love Is Dead, which hits May 25 via Glassnote. It’s the band’s third album, and follows 2015’s Every Open Eye Mayberry describes one theme of the new LP as “coming to terms with the fact that there are great things in the world and there are awful things in the world and that you can’t get one without the other.


CHVRCHES producer Iain Cook has added thoughts: “We’re fucked, the world is fucked. But there’s an ellipses at the end. It’s Love Is Dead. Like, how did we get to this point? And how do we move on from this point? It’s Love Is Dead, we’re fucked, what’s next?”

True that.

Featured image by Danny Clinch.

CHVRCHES 2018 Live Dates:
May 31 – Primavera, Barcelona, Spain
June 3 – The Governors Ball, New York, NY
June 8 – Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
June 10 – Parklife, Higher Blackley, UK
June 17 – Bb&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ
June 22 – Southside Festival, Nehausen Ob Eck, Germany
June 22 – Hurricane Festival, Scheessel, Germany
June 29 – Aerodrome, Panensky Tynec, Czech Republic
June 30 – Openair St Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland
July 8 – TRNSMT Festival, Glasgow, UK
July 11 – Ahoi The Full Hit of Summer, Linz, Austria
July 13 – NOS Alive, Alges, Portugal
July 15 – Citadel Festival, London, UK
July 27 – Fuji Rock, Yuzawa, Japan
August 3 – Hinterland Music Festival, St Charles, IA