Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Take Your Girl to Chvrch

Words by Kix Suarez
Photo by Seth Valenzuela
Last November 26, Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty took Filipinos to church! A Vybe Manila Production, the concert was held at the SM Aura Samsung Hall.

Chvrches (pronounced as "churches" and stylised as CHVRCHΞS) are a Scottish electronic band, formed way back in 2011. The group consists of the ever so beautiful Lauren Mayberry (lead vocals, synths and samples), Iain Cook (synthesizers, guitar, bass, vocals), and Martin Doherty (synthesisers, samplers, vocals).

It was in 2013 that the group broke through as Chvrches came fifth on the BBC's Sound of 2013 list of the most promising new music talent. In March of that year, they released Recover EP. Their debut studio album The Bones of What You Believe followed suit and was released on 20 September 2013.

Their song "The Mother We Share" was featured in the opening video for the Commonwealth games Opening Ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland, on the 23rd July 2014.

Chvrches's music style is usually tagged as electronic or synth pop. Neon Gold described their sound very well saying that CHVRCHES’ music is "a godless hurricane of kinetic pop energy". Kitty Empire of the Observer wrote they "make accessible electro-pop that's only just short of truly brilliant".

They are influenced by acts such as Prince, Tubeaway Army, Robyn, Laurie Anderson, Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, Cocteau Twins, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark,Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston and Elliott Smith. The band writes, records, mixes, and masters their songs in a basement studio in Glasgow.

Chvrches have toured in various countries from Europe (including their home country), USA, Canada, Japan. They’ve also performed at various prestigious music festivals all over the world like Firefly Music Festival, SXSW, Field Day, Canadian Music Fest, Sasquatch! Music Festival, The Great Escape, Pitch Festival, T in the Park, Electric Picnic, Melt! Festival, Summer Sonic, Pukkelpop, Lowlands, Reading and Leeds Festival, Coachella,Osheaga and Bonnaroo.

They’ve also opened for big acts such Discopolis, School of Seven Bells, Passion Pit, Two Door Cinema Club. They also supported Depeche Mode during their The Delta Machine Tour 2013 at Nîmes, Milan, Prague, and Warsaw.

I guess we should also mention that the band has also been opened for by Dan Croll, MØ, Isaac Delusion, Young Fathers, Arthur Beatrice, Conquering Animal Sound, Still Corners, City Calm Down, XXYYXX, Basecamp, THUMPERS, and The Range.

Capping off their tour, CHVRCHES stopped by Manila for a one night only concert. Thanks to the good people over at VybeMNL, the trio made time for their Filipino fans before heading to Hong Kong for Clockenflap. Mayberry, Cook and Doherty played their heart out to a jam-packed Samsung Music Hall. The concert felt like a rave. Lights blazed on as heavy bass and synths took hold of your heartbeat. Mayberry’s clear voice cut through all the thickness that seemed like a hand out for you to grab on to as the trip kept on. Everyone was dancing and singing along to all the songs. The band was overwhelmed with Manila’s reception that they even mentioned it being one of their favorites shows so far.

With that said, I move for a repeat. Now if only Sunday Chvrch could be that fun!

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