The promotional cycle for Chvrches’ upcoming fourth studio album, Screen Violence, has been heavy on the doom and gloom. Apart from the ghastly visuals and darker visuals, the band also employed the king of goth rock himself, The Cure’s Robert Smith, on their single ‘How Not to Drown‘. The music is still as bright and electronic as ever, but there’s certainly an image makeover going on for the new LP.
Just to really drive the point home, the Scottish trio have paired with a legend in the horror world, director and composer John Carpenter, to remix their single ‘Good Girls’. As a token of appreciation, the band also remixed Carpenter’s ‘Turning the Bones’ from his most recent LP Lost Themes III: Alive After Death.
“On every album we get ‘remixes’ but given the themes of this record, we had the idea that maybe we could get a song reimagined by a composer who has worked in that cinematic universe,” singer Lauren Mayberry explains. “John was top of our wishlist but we never really thought he’d reply, let alone that he’d send back something better than the original.”
“His films and music have been so impactful on us over the years,” she continues, “And without the stories he created I am not sure that the concept of ‘Screen Violence’ (and female narratives within the album) would exist in the way they do.”
“Chvrches reached out to us through our tour manager, asking if we would be interested in remixing one of their songs for their upcoming album,” Carpenter explains regarding the genesis of the remix. “They sent us three or four tracks for us to listen to and decide which one we wanted to remix, and we went from there.”
Check out the audio for both Carpenter’s version of ‘Good Girls’ and Chvrches version of ‘Turning the Bones’ down below. Screen Violence is set for an August 27 release.