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Today, CHVRCHES announce the release of their hugely anticipated second album, Every Open Eye, due September 25th on Glassnote Records. The record is heralded by first single, “Leave A Trace,” available to download now as an instant-grat for those pre-ordering the album.  The band will play a special show for fans at theMusic Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY one week from today, July 23rd with tickets going on sale, tomorrow, July 17th. Also, available now through Wednesday, July 22nd at 10 PM EST fans can get access to pre-sale tickets for upcoming tour dates by preordering Every Open Eye from the CHVRCHES store.

“Leave A Trace” is an exceptional calling card for CHVRCHES’ new record – displaying the band’s expanded sonic pallet, it mixes darkness and light with one of their biggest tunes to date, and some of Lauren Mayberry’s darkest-yet-defiant lyrics yet, in her own words: “a middle finger mic drop about not being told what to do”.

Every Open Eye is the follow up to the band’s breakthrough debut album The Bones of What You Believe, which was released in autumn 2013 to widespread critical acclaim and went on to sell over 500,000 copies worldwide. They’ve clocked in 364 shows in 2 years, selling out venues across the world and making signature appearances at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch, Lollapalooza, Australasia’s Laneway Festival, Reading & Leeds, Summer Sonic in Japan and myriad others.

Late last year Iain Cook, Martin Doherty and Lauren Mayberry returned to their own Alucard Studios – a converted flat on the southside of Glasgow where their stunning debut was conceived – and began developing ideas they had recorded in venues during their time on the road. The band found riffs, loops and melodies they wanted to develop or started from scratch on the synths, pads and machines they had been gathering in their basement to create the instrumentals of the songs. Vocal melodies were developed as the songs took shape with the lyrics added last, developed from words and sentences from notebooks Mayberry had kept on tour.

Musically, Every Open Eye seeks to do more with less; to make something intense and urgent and visceral, using the basic tools of melody, rhythm and arrangement. Sonically, Every Open Eye develops CHVRCHES’ signature style, juxtaposing the light and the dark, creating their own brand of twisted pop music that uniquely merges the organic with the electronic, moulding sounds and ideas forged over two years on the road into an electronic-pop record with a heart.

Lyrically, Every Open Eye is not a breakup album. It is a record about past heartbreaks and getting over them (‘Leave A Trace’). About perspective and the benefit of hindsight. About being unapologetic and not being told what to do or who to be (“Bury It”, “Never Ending Circles”, “Playing Dead”). About moving on to better things, holding on to the good and letting go of the bad (“Down Side Of Me”, “Clearest Blue”, “Afterglow”.

In Pitchfork’s feature “Keeping it Unreal: In the Studio With CHVRCHES”, Lauren Mayberry discussed the album’s themes:

“Because the album was written over such a long period of time, it’s about the goods and the bads, the beginnings and ends. Personally, I’m in a good place right now, but there’s definitely anti-love songs on there as well. “Leave a Trace” is the middle finger mic-drop. It’s about that point where you’re like, “There’s no point having this conversation anyways: There will be no resolve, I won’t feel better about it, you won’t feel better about it, no outcome from this will actually change my reality.” It makes me feel better to write about that—I’ve done something constructive with it. You don’t put that on other people, you put that into what you do. That’s always the way I’ve written lyrics. My ex-partners are not friends with me, but I’m OK with that.”

CHVRCHES will play a handful of festivals this summer; dates are below, see their website for the full list of international dates as they are announced.

Update (9:33 a.m., 7/16): During their set at Ottawa Bluesfest, the trio performed album cuts “Make Them Gold”, “Leave a Trace”, and “Clearest Blue”. Watch fan-shot videos of the songs below, via Spin.

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CHVRCHES 2015 Tour Dates

7/17 — Chicago, IL — Pitchfork Music Festival

7/19 — Pemberton, BC —  Pemberton Music Festival

8/21 — Hasselt, Belgium — Pukkelpop

8/22 — Chelmsford, UK — V Festival

8/23 — Stafford, UK — V Festival

9/04 — Laois, Ireland — Electric Picnic, Co.

9/12 — Berlin, Germany — Lollapalooza

9/26 — Boston, MA — Boston Calling Music Festival

9/27 — Washington, DC — Landmark Festival

10/18 — San Francisco, CA — Treasure Island Music Festival

11/06 — Austin, TX — Fun Fun Fun Fest

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Every Open Eye Tracklisting

01. Never Ending Circles
02. Leave a Trace
03. Keep You On My Side
04. Make Them Gold
05. Clearest Blue
06. High Enough to Carry You Over
07. Empty Threat
08. Down Side Of Me
09. Playing Dead
10. Bury It
11. Afterglow

Praise for The Bones Of What You Believe:

“Towering, impassioned, and life-affirming” – 8.5, Pitchfork

“One of the year’s best albums” – ‘A’, AV Club

“Bones is full of incisive, sweeping songs made from last-ditch emotions.” – 4/5, Rolling Stone

“It’s hard to make pop like this; an album that’s so sonically uplifting even when it’s rooted in something much darker.” –  8/10, Spin

“This record should do the trick for everyone.” – Los Angeles Times

“The Bones of What You Believe” turns trance’s reassurance inside out; it’s an album of breakup and near-breakup songs, in which love and longing are less likely to be a Utopia than a trap.” – The New York Times

“All 12 songs help paint a picture of Chvrches as a band ready for the world; one that bridges styles and eras on the strength of its own charisma.” – NPR

“Simply put, they’ve evolved from a hype band to something much more coveted: a great band.” – Consequence of Sound