As so many of the best concerts do, CHVRCHES’ set on Tuesday night began with a fire hazard. I spent the evening holed up with the Scottish electro-pop trio at The Heath in New York, a venue only accessible by an elevator that seemed to be operated by a series of hand-held pulleys. There was no other way out and no other way in. Like the band, I was there to stay.
It’s been a relatively quick rise from Glasgow to the Billboard charts for Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty (truly Scottish, aren’t they?). CHVRCHES formed and began writing in October of 2011, released their first official single in November of 2012, were signed in January of 2013, debuted their acclaimed full length debut The Bones of What You Believe in September, and on December 10th, they performed an intimate private concert for Sirius XM contest winners on the last night of their first sold-out U.S. tour.
The unassuming trio floated on stage, introducing themselves via the album favorite “We Sink.” The first song revealed what would become a running theme of the evening: watching the audience exuberantly bop along to melodic beats that belied fierce lyrics like “I’ll be a thorn in your side/’til you die.” It’s difficult to guess from their three-people-in-a-line-singing setup where exactly their lyrics originates. But it became clear when the group took their first break after fluorescent single, “Lies,” to chat with audience. READ FULL STORY