Scottish synthpop band CHVRCHES make incredibly buoyant electronic music that skitters in multiple directions and leaves you feeling elated. And new single "Leave A Trace" -- for which the band premiered a music video yesterday (August 17) -- is no exception. Take a look/listen.
Cool, right? Some 4chan users didn't think so. Actually, they might have, but it's unclear since their discussions of the video didn't center around the music. They opted to attack singer Lauren Mayberry's appearance instead. You know, since emerging from a cosmic bog with wet hair wearing a chainmail shirt makes you a slut.
"I thought Lavren was pure, why did she agree to dress like a slut?" read one comparatively benign post in the thread. The others were more awful than that.
Mayberry, a journalism and law graduate who's no stranger to addressing this kind of repulsive sexism head-on, responded by linking to the thread in a tweet and calling it out immediately: "Dear anyone who thinks misogyny isn't real. It is and this is what it looks like."
The official CHVRCHES Twitter account sent out a message, too.
To shut down the trolls/haters, Mayberry pointed out that what they were doing was harmful, blocked an account that contacted her directly and got the word out to her fans and supporters. She's used to having to present herself as a musician from a defensive position and she doesn't hide that sexism against her and her band is rampant. After an Instagram user posted a graphically violent comment on her account earlier this year, Mayberry hit back:
My band is lucky enough to have some of the most awesome, supportive and respectful fans in the world and we are so excited to be in the studio making an album to share with them. Yet, on a daily basis, we still receive communications like this. These people never learn that violence against women is unacceptable. But they also never learn that women will not be shamed and silenced and made to disappear. I am not going anywhere. So bring it on, motherf---rs. Let's see who blinks first.
And when it gets exhausting, there's always wine and TV (and the ability to turn off your phone) to help.
CHVRCHES' second album, Every Open Eye, is due out September 25.