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Glasgow, United Kingdom (2011 – present)

CHVRCHES (pronounced as “churches”) are a Scottish band from Glasgow, formed in 2011. The group consists of Lauren Mayberry (lead vocals, occasionally synths and samplers), Iain Cook (synths, guitar, bass, vocals) and Martin Doherty (synths, samplers, vocals). The group’s debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, was released on 20 September 2013.

Previously, Mayberry was a member of the bands Boyfriend/Girlfriend and Blue Sky Archives. Mayberry is a trained drummer and also did a four-year law degree, followed by a Masters in journalism. Cook was a member of Aereogramme and The Unwinding Hours and also wrote music for film and TV. Doherty was a live member of The Twilight Sad. According to Mayberry, “Iain and Martin went to university together so they’ve known each other for quite a long time”.

The band started in October 2011 as a studio project between the long time friends Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. Cook already knew Lauren Mayberry from working with Blue Sky Archives and suggested her as a potential vocalist for the project.

CHVRCHES were influenced by acts such as Prince, Tubeway Army, Robyn, Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, Cocteau Twins, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Laurie Anderson. The band write, record, mix and master everything in a basement studio in Glasgow.


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  • Piczeto

    Lauren is mine svgsvsgvshgvccs

    2 Jul 5:40pm Reply
  • alin1

    Some details about the second album: Chvrches also mentioned 3 new songs: “Leave a Trace”, “Never Ending Circles”, “Make Them Gold”.

    27 Jun 6:04pm Reply
  • Tahula

    Daily reminder that I'll never have a girlfriend as cute as Lauren :(

    27 Jun 11:10am Reply
  • Danny365

    Just please don't let martin sing on the 2nd album. He sucks hard.

    26 Jun 12:01pm Reply
  • XDRory

    If it is indeed going to be bigger, more eclectic and even better than their debut then it should be one of the highlights of the year, everybody be positive

    23 Jun 8:10pm Reply
  • gorpan

    Polica have second album Shulamith which better then their first on my mind, but i agree Purity Ring the first is far better then second. With CHRCHES all is possible.

    12 Jun 7:34pm Reply
  • waradise

    There's a high possibility their second album will be awesome as fuck.

    11 Jun 6:21pm Reply
  • takemehome4real

    I have no doubt in my mind that album 2 will be just fine. [3]

    11 Jun 5:55am Reply
  • the-wild-healer

    @shloggydoggy knows whats up

    11 Jun 12:18am Reply
  • Ponsikk

    В Россию давайте езжайте !!

    10 Jun 10:35pm Reply
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  • shloggydoggy

    Don't doubt chvrches, everything they make is perfect, and the second album will be perfect too. GO CHVRCHES

    3 Jun 1:28pm Reply

    go scotland! [2]

    2 Jun 6:47am Reply
  • KevinVillage

    Lauren looks 14. you are all officially pedos

    1 Jun 4:04pm Reply
  • irwinss

    I have no doubt in my mind that album 2 will be just fine. [2]

    31 May 4:34pm Reply
  • jussslic

    "Seems a lot of folks expect them to fail with their second LP. Is this the norm for bands in their genre? " Not necessarily the norm, but it's always a possibility when a band's first album is a "lightning in a bottle" kind of release that is closely linked to the current zeitgeist. In recent memory, The XX, Austra, and Purity Ring all released fairly disappointing second albums. On the other hand, I though Glasser's second album was pretty great. I'm hopeful for Cvrches and pretty sure I'll enjoy it.

    31 May 12:01am Reply
  • acaaassio


    28 May 1:46am Reply

    So many pessimists in this shoutbox. [2]

    23 May 9:57pm Reply
  • Furik

    I have no doubt in my mind that album 2 will be just fine.

    22 May 4:05am Reply
  • buildabonfire

    So many pessimists in this shoutbox.

    20 May 2:31pm Reply
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