There is a high chance that you’ve heard a Chvrches song somewhere — either in a video game, your local indie radio station, or a music festival.
Chvrches (pronounced CHUR-CHES) is Glasgow’s very own synth-pop and electronic trio that consists of members Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. The band formed in 2011, and saw success with their breakthrough indie-pop hit “The Mother We Share.” They are known for their radiating stage presence and their catchy electro-pop bops (as well as Mayberry’s impeccable fashion sense).
In 2013, The band released their debut album The Bones of What You Believe, a self-produced collection of 80’s-inspired indie songs that solidified their unique electronic musical persona. Besides the aforementioned initial breakthrough track, it features immaculate songs such as their power ballad “Recover” and the snappy “We Sink.” Two years later, they released their sophomore album Every Open Eye, which showcased their musical abilities to an even greater extent. The album contains more galvanizing melodies than the first, and the instrumentals perfectly contrast their emotional lyrics about self-affirmation and empowerment.
With their third album, Love is Dead (released in 2018), Chvrches introduced a new melancholic perspective about love that heavily influenced their future work and presence in the industry. The album didn’t quite hit the mark, as it didn’t match the energy of their predecessors, but it did present a vibrant aesthetic and a few bangers like “Graffiti.” After the Love is Dead era came to a close, the band collaborated with EDM artist Marshmello on a single called “Here with Me.” They later released the title song and lead single for video game Death Stranding.
Chvrches released a new single in April 2021 called “He Said, She Said,” which would later become their new album’s lead single. They announced Screen Violence two months later, and it was obvious that the band transitioned to a more kitschy and horror-inspired aesthetic, taking a step back from their typical pop structure.
Screen Violence uses horror thematics to tackle social issues like misogynistic views, the effects of the digital age, as well as general anxieties and fears. Not only does the album expand on their synth-pop sound, they successfully juxtapose such dark themes with wildly dynamic tones and instrumentation. They even collaborated with Robert Smith of The Cure on the album’s standout track “How Not To Drown.” This album features startling tunes, such as the bass-heavy “Final Girl” and the nerve-racking “Nightmares.”
The band announced their 2021 US Headlining Tour, which will start in Houston on November 9th at White Oak Music Hall with special guest Donna Missal. This will be the band’s first tour in the new album cycle, so the show is going to be a surprise for everyone. Chvrches provides some of the greatest live performances available to witness, so don’t miss out on the opportunity and get your tickets here.
I am a UH Graduate Student majoring in Mass Communications, a UT Austin alum and an aspiring music journalist! My hobbies include photography, traveling for shows/festivals and taking strolls with my husky baby Luna Zoe.