One of my favorite bands of the last six months or so is Glasgow’s Chvrches (yes, if you’re googling them, it’s like churches but replace the ‘u’ with a ‘v’). The trio’s track “The Mother We Share”, released last September, is an electropop stunner, brilliantly combining indie pop with complex layers of synths, but with a simpler, indulgent melody that you’ll be singing for days. It’s in regular rotation on satellite radio.
The band hasn’t even released a full-length yet, but will be touring parts of North America this spring as part of the festival circuit. Austin’s South By Southwest in mid-March, followed by Sasquatch on May 24-27. I’d obviously LOVE IT if they came out west to Alberta, but obviously it’s a little early in their lifecycle to expect such a scenario. But if they’re reading this, I’d be happy to help however I can (announced dates for March are below).
Who’s in the band? Well, Lauren Mayberry is the vocalist and occasionally plays the synthesizers (previously of Blue Sky Archives). She also has a four-year law degree and a Masters degree in journalism (that’s one smart cookie). Iain Cook and Martin Doherty are the opposite, playing synthesizers and sometimes contributing vocals. Cook was in Aerogramme and The Unwinding Hours; Doherty was a live member for The Twilight Sad (we like them too).
Chvrches will be releasing an five-track EP (“Recover”, “ZVVL”, “Now Is Not the Time”, plus two remixes of “Recover”) on March 25th (Virgin/Goodbye). You can stream “Recover” below. Word is that we should expect a full-length sometime this year as well.