Scottish electro pop trio Chvrches have been making waves throughout 2013 after the release of the critically acclaimed Recover EP.
They placed fifth on the BBC Sound Of and have gained a large following since, performing at a large number of festivals this summer including Latitude and T in the Park. The band is formed of old university pals Iain Cook and Martin Doherty as well as lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry. Their electro blends the shimmer of pop with the grunge of a basement club and adds heavy drum beats and killer riffs for good measure. They are amongst the wave of exciting new British artists who are taking the conventional rules of pop, shredding them, and creating really innovative sounds (see Laura Mvula, Alunageorge etc.).
The band have only been active for two years, so their success has seemed premature to some, however, you only have to listen to the pulsing and pounding ‘The Mother We Share‘ to understand why this band are doing so well. An early single that was released last year seemed to stand out from the saturated electro pop genre. It is obvious that songwriting and composition are of equal importance to this band and they are both startlingly good. For what appears to be quite a simplistic track, it twists and lurches throughout and keeps you totally engaged with its dark euphoria.
The band gained further exposure following the release of the huge Recover EP. The title track and lead single is hypnotising due to Mayberry’s elated vocal and the wave like melodic riff that burrows its way into your skull instantly. It has so much raw power lying beneath the flawless production, the frantic applause seems to have been added with a live crowd in mind whilst the build to crescendo is so simple you are taken without even realising. The rest of this EP shows Chvrches’ versatility. The robotic ‘ZVVL‘ is lead by Cook’s gruff Scottish vocal that contrasts so wonderfully with Mayberry’s, and the whole track sounds like an epic sci fi blockbuster soundtrack. It then skips back to the psychedelic ‘Now Is Not The Time‘ which lacks the bite of its predecessor yet possesses a delicious 80s vibe.
Their debut album is due for release on the 23rd September, which will be eagerly awaited by fans. They have chosen ‘Gun‘ as the first official release. It is a stunning piece of power pop and probably the most radio friendly track the band have put out so far without abandoning their trippy production and huge pounding drums. Chvrches are another name to add to the impressive list of British breakthroughs in 2013. Get involved now, as in five years time we may be looking at a Reading & Leeds line up headlined by the likes of Bastille, Disclosure & Chvrches.