Sebastian Mlynarski & Kevin J Thomson

Maybe it's the confidence of having three albums under their belt. Or maybe it's the fact that we're coming out of a freaking global pandemic and all the rules for everything have be rewritten. 

Either way, CHVRCHES isn't shying away from speaking their mind on this upcoming record Screen Violence. As the defiant, newly released single "Good Girls" arrives, it only further proves that.

Frontwoman Lauren Mayberry has long been outspoken and she has openly discussed issues which are important to her in the past, but the energy this time around is different. It's palpable. It's earnest. And it seems more urgent.

“Good girls don’t cry / And good girls don’t lie / And good girls justify but I don’t / Good girls don’t die / And good girls stay alive / And good girls satisfy but I won’t," Mayberry declares.

“The opening line ('killing your idols is a chore') was something I wrote after listening to some friends arguing about the present day implications of loving certain problematic male artists," recalls Mayberry. "I was struck by the lengths that people would go to in order to excuse their heroes and how that was so juxtaposed to my own experiences in the world."

She continues: "Women have to constantly justify their right to exist and negotiate for their own space. We're told that Bad Things don't happen to Good Girls. That if you curate yourself to fit the ideal—keep yourself small and safe and acceptable—you will be alright. And it's just not fucking true.”

Following their recent Robert Smith collaboration "How Not to Drown," this is the latest preview of Screen Violence, which is out Aug. 27 via Glassnote Records.

Hear the new song below.