2011 – şimdiye kadar (8 year)
Glasgow, Scotland, Birleşik Krallık
Chvrches (pronounced as "churches" and sometimes stylized as CHVRCHES and CHVRCHΞS) are a Scottish synthpop band from Glasgow, formed in 2011. The group consists of Lauren Mayberry (lead vocals, additional synthesizers and samplers), Iain Cook (synthesizers, guitar, bass, vocals), and Martin Doherty (synthesizers, samplers, vocals).
Chvrches came fifth on the BBC's Sound of 2013 list of the most promising new music talent.In March 2013 they released Recover EP. Their debut studio album The Bones of What You Believe was released on 23 September 2013
Before Chvrches, Iain Cook was a member of Aereogramme and The Unwinding Hours. He also wrote music for film and TV.Martin 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"
Lauren Mayberry performing live with Chvrches at Melt! Festival (2013)
Mayberry did a four-year law degree, followed by a Masters in journalism.This led her into a career in freelance journalism for several years prior to music. She played piano since she was a kid, and drums since she was a teenager.From age 15 until 22, she played drums in various bands.Before Chvrches, Mayberry was member of two local bands, Boyfriend/Girlfriend and then Blue Sky Archives.On the latter band, she is vocalist, drummer and keyboardist.
Cook was producing an EP for Blue Sky Archives on a weekend in September 2011. Cook started a new project with Doherty and asked Mayberry to sing on a couple of demos. They wrote together for seven or eight months in a basement studio in Glasgow.Cook, Mayberry and Doherty decided to form a new band after the sessions proved to be successful.They chose the name Chvrches, using a Roman "v" to avoid confusions with actual churches on internet searches.Chvrches have also stated that the band name "has no religious connotation, just thought it sounded cool".
On 11 May 2012, Chvrches premiered the song "Lies", which was available exclusively as a free download from the blog of the Neon Gold label.On 17 September 2012 the band released their official debut single, "The Mother We Share".
In June 2012, The Guardian featured Chvrches as one of New Bands of the Day.On 5 July 2012, Chvrches performed their debut gig at The Artschool Glasgow, Scotland.
"Lies" ranked at number 28 on NME's Best Tracks of 2012. "The Mother We Share" ranked at number 51 on The Huffington Post Top 52 Songs of 2012. Chvrches ranked fifth on the BBC's Sound of 2013 list of the most promising new music talent
In mid January 2013, it was announced that Chvrches signed with the independent label Glassnote Records. Previously in November 2012, Daniel Glass (the owner of Glassnote) received copies of the songs "Lies" and "Recover". He also headed to the UK and watched Chvrches perform three times (two solo shows, and one opening for Passion Pit).
On 6 February 2013, Chvrches premiered the second single, "Recover". It was followed by Recover EP, out on 25 March 2013 in the UK via Goodbye/Virgin and 26 March 2013 in the US via Glassnote. In 13 March 2013, Chvrches performed at SWSW.They also won the Inaugural Grulke Prize (for Developing Non-US Act) at SXSW.
On 14 June 2013, the band officially announced their debut studio album, The Bones of What You Believe, which will be released on 23 September 2013 in the UK and on 24 September 2013 elsewhere.
On 19 June 2013, Chvrches made their US TV debut performing "The Mother We Share" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. On 15 July 2013, they released the single "Gun".Chvrches also supported Depeche Mode on four shows in July during their The Delta Machine Tour 2013.
The song "Gun" will feature on the official soundtrack of FIFA 14. It will be the first time Chvrches appears as part of a video game soundtrack
Chvrches' music style is usually tagged as electronic or synthpop. Neon Gold described their sound as "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".
Chvrches are influenced by acts such as Prince, Tubeway Army, Robyn, Laurie Anderson, Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, Cocteau Twins, Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston and Elliott Smith. The band writes, records, mixes, and masters their songs in a basement studio in Glasgow
When Chvrches play live, Mayberry performs lead vocals and occasionally plays synthesizers and samplers; Cook plays synthesizers, guitar, bass, and also performs backing vocals; Doherty plays synthesizers and samplers, and also performs backing vocals and sometimes lead vocals.
In 2012 and 2013, Chvrches toured in various countries from Europe (including their home country), USA and Canada. They also performed at various music festivals like SXSW, Field Day, Canadian Music Fest, Sasquatch!, The Great Escape, Firefly Music Festival, Pitch Festival, T in the Park, Electric Picnic.
Chvrches were the opening act for 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 (16 July), Milan (18 July), Prague (23 July) and Warsaw (25 July).
Some of the artists that opened for Chvrches were Dan Croll, MØ, Isaac Delusion, Young Fathers, Arthur Beatrice, Conquering Animal Sound and Still Corners
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