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Chvrches Get the Summer Started

June 18th, 2013

Chvrches – Webster Hall – June 17, 2013


Sunshine. Tank tops. Ice cream. Barbeques. Chvrches. All provide a perfect recipe for summer. The latter are a fast-rising electro-pop outfit hailing from Scotland and were the darlings at this year’s SXSW. Although the trio of Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty only have a singular EP to their names, they announced last Friday that their much-anticipated debut full-length album entitled The Bone of What You Believe will be out in September. Until then, the band has reimagined the theme of Game of Thrones, and they’ll be opening for Depeche Mode beginning next month. Needless to say, the summer’s sizzling for Chvrches.

After two successful sold-out shows at Mercury Lounge in March, the trio graduated to Webster Hall. The anticipation was heightened as the house lights dimmed to welcome Mayberry, Cook and Doherty. The stage was illuminated with a wave of Mayberry’s slender arm as they opened with “Lies.” Amazed by the sold-out crowd, she thought it would be her mom purchasing all the tickets, however Chvrches’ first headlining tour would be a success beyond Mum’s support. The heavy bass on “We Sink” had even the sound technicians in the rafters bobbing in time with the beats. The band effortlessly rattled off “Now Is Not the Time,” recent single “Gun” and “Science and Vision,” in which Mayberry’s vocals were exceedingly chirpy.

Astonished that there were crowd surfers, she sweetly cautioned those in the audience to be safe in her Scottish brogue. Doherty moved from behind his synthesizers to sing new tune, “Tide.” He stomped his right foot wildly to the beats, while delivering lyrics in a Morrissey-like lilt. The dance floor erupted for “Recover” and the final song of the set, “The Mother We Share.” For an added treat, the three returned to encore with a cover of Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U.” Summer may not actually start until Friday, but Chvrches kicked it off last night. —Sharlene Chiu

Photos courtesy of Mike Benigno | mikebenigno.wordpress.com