Ones To Watch: CHVRCHES

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Female fronted electronic acts are having a bit of a moment right now and CHVRCHES fit right into a group of new acts, such as MS MR, Charli XCX, MNDR and Poliça. Gaining traction on the strength of their debut single “Lies”, their profile has been steadily rising for the past six months or so. You’d be forgiven for drawing certain parallels with Swedish electro duo The Knife, with “Lies” sounding like it uses some of the same DNA of the band’s production style, and their second single’s title, “The Mother We Share”, recalling “We Share Our Mothers’ Health”. If you’re going to position yourself for comparison, The Knife is certainly not a bad place to start.

Whereas other acts like iamamiwhoami have been prolific in releasing new material, CHVRCHES have instead remained tight lipped about their future. Only recently have they released a follow up to their first single, in the form of new track “The Mother We Share”, recently released on iTunes and also available on vinyl through National Anthem on November 5th. Both include a remix from Optimo‘s JD Twitch.

So what do we know about CHVRCHES? They’re from Glasgow, the three members are Iain Cook, Martin Doherty with vocalist Lauren Mayberry. All three members have been, at different times, attached to various bands (Aereogramme, The Unwinding Hours, Blue Sky Archives, The Twilight Sad to name a few). They have been tagged as a GuardianNew band of the day”  back in June, when they were still called Churches, but given its non-unique googleability they have since stylized it by swapping the “u” out for a “v”. They’re working towards a debut album which should be released sometime next year. You can also catch them live in November as they’ll be opening for Passion Pit on a slew of dates throughout the UK, which I’ve included below. Aaaand that’s about it.

CHVRCHES‘ sound, while not necessarily unique in the current electronic landscape, benefits from its pop structure. Basically, their songs are catchy as hell and I find myself constantly humming their limited repertoire on a regular basis. And while we wait for The Knife to offer us new material, I’m glad to have a band I can count on to tide me over until they do. It’ll be interesting to see how they develop this sound into a full debut album, and how this will resonate as a live performance (you can watch a live performance of “Lies” below but the audio has been replaced by the recorded version), but I have full faith in their capacities.

Upcoming Shows:

  • 13th November 2012 – Glasgow QMU
  • 15th November 2012 – Leeds O2 Academy
  • 16th November 2012 – Manchester Academy
  • 18th November 2012 – Cambridge Junction
  • 19th November 2012 – Birmingham HMV Institute
  • 20th November 2012 – London HMV Forum

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