So this is a very interesting one: Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry has launched a solo career, and already has tour dates lined up.
She’s got a video saying: “The only thing I ever really wanted as a writer, as a performer was to connect with people. Being the only girl and the only woman in so many bands I’ve been in was a very lonely experience a lot of the time I internalized a lot of things and it’s strange to start unravelling some of that…. It’s not an ending and it’s not a beginning but it would be a shame to let this moment go to waste.”
There’s also an insta explaining:
“This year is the 10th anniversary of the first CHVRCHES album. I met Iain and Martin when I was 23 — a little baby of a person, in hindsight. Looking back on what we’ve achieved together, so much of it doesn’t feel real or even possible. Thank you to every person who has been a part of that.
I am so proud of all the chapters our band has been able to have and I am so grateful to my bandmates for taking me on that journey with them. We are all confident that the CHVRCHES story has many more pages yet to be written.
For now, though, I am excited / terrified / bewildered to tell you that I have been working on my first ever solo music and will be able to start sharing it soon.
For a long time, I couldn’t imagine ever doing anything outside of CHVRCHES. Since I was 15 years old, I have always, only, ever been in a band. I always wanted so badly to belong somewhere — to be one of the boys, and to fit in. But as I sail / stumble through this era of my life (your 20s really do go by in a flash, kids), it has started to feel like there are things I want to write and say and do that need to be done on my own.
Thank you for being kind to us and for giving me the opportunity to do this. The first headline shows are now announced and on sale at 10am local tomorrow in the US and Monday in Europe. I guess here we fucking go?!”
We really need to hear what this sounds like right now.