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Watch: Chvrches – “The Mother We Share”

6 Aug

It’s probably fair to say that Chvrches gradual domination of the world has picked up the pace in recent weeks. Packed to the rafters shows across UK festivals, as well as headline shows across the States and Australia have all given a strong indication of the trio’s upward swing in popularity and reach. Then there was the wide and excited reaction to their album announcement and recent single “Gun” (which still sounds utterly fantastic) and their stunning MS MR remix as well. The latest marker along the path to superstardom came last night, with the release of their latest video and the feverish reaction to it across the globe.

A quick Google less than an hour after the promo for “The Mother We Share” (which you can watch below) was posted online, showed a legion of blog posts and press articles in myriad languages dedicated to its arrival. The tsunami of coverage and opinions wasn’t quite in ‘Radiohead drop King Of Limbs out of nowhere territory’, but their rise continues to be meteoric.

“The Mother We Share” is the first track on Chvrches debut album, The Bones Of What You Believe, which is out in September and can be pre-ordered here. Take a watch of the video below and stick to the end, trust us, it’s worth it, especially if you like Tron…

Btw, that cool gif at the top of the page was totally nicked off Pitchfork. Thanks guys!

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Watch: Chvrches – “Gun”

15 Jun


It’s been a couple of weeks now since Chvrches unleashed their latest electro-pop behemoth into the world since when it has gone on a glorious rampage of joy and euphoria. The love for this band isn’t abating in the slightest, at last count a ridiculous 81 Hype Machine registered blogs had posted “Gun” and they keep coming. Obviously keen to keep this remarkable level of adulation going, our three objet d’amore have unveiled a psychedelic video to accompany it.

When we heard “Gun”, we likened it to a game of hopscotch, all bouncy and uplifting. Sadly the visuals Chvrches have chosen for us do not feature skipping and throwing stones, instead they embrace another fond childhood memory, playing with a kaleidoscope.

Bright lights, mirror effects, pixelation that actually makes you think your computer is running a little slow all feature heavily, along with silhouettes aplenty and some groovy choreographed boogying. It’s 80’s cheese effects and Bond titles sequence on speed with a still-sounds-amazing soundtrack. It is little wonder the world is currently worshipping at the alter of a new Chvrch.

“Gun” will be released digitally and on vinyl on 14 July. The single will also feature on Chvrches debut album, ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ which is due out via Virgin/Goodbye records on 23 September in the UK, and the following day in North America via Glassnote.

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Listen: Chvrches – “Gun”

28 May


It’s taken us a little longer than most, but recently we found ourselves in a similar position to a lot of bloggers out there. Big cheesy grins on faces, bounce in the step, infectious warmth seeping from our every pore and brightening the day of all those around us (well, perhaps not that last one…) and it was all due to one thing. We had at last, fallen hard for the wee Scottish electro-popper’s extraordinaire, Chvrches.

The Recover EP was bought and loved so we knew these guys were good, then the MS MR remix came out and our jaw dropped in gleeful wonder and then, then we got to see them live at The Great Escape (complete with lasers and Lauren’s broken hand) and good was no longer a suitable adjective, they are more than that, they are ‘byspale’*. One week on, not that our affections have dulled at all, the trio have seen fit to ensure that all new lovers remain infatuated and have stuck another track up for the world to get a little bit moist over.

“Gun” is another sublime piece of uplifting and catchy as anything electro-poppery that bounces along like a game of hopscotch in the playground. The beat crashes happily along with 808 style drums, cymbals and handclaps splashing like a digital stone thrown across virtual squares with non-binary numbers written in them. The synths skip hand in hand with Lauren’s so-sweet, sometimes breathy and occasionally almost demure vocals, dancing into the drums before the track quietens down at the end of the grid, then spins on one leg and laughing merrily away as it hops back again. Aurally it embraces twinkling highs and wobbly, bassy lows and pretty much hits everywhere in between.

Play it in the car, play it in your house, play it at work and cheer your colleagues up, it doesn’t really matter where you play it, as long as you do so that soon, you too will be in love and have a (banging, synthed-up electro pop) song in your heart.

The debut Chvrches album is due out in September. Anyone else feeling like that is a ridiculously long time away right now?

*It’s Scottish for wonderful, so Google tells us.

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We do like to be beside the seaside… The Great Escape 2013

20 May


Over the last few months we have cast covetous looks at twitter as friends and acquaintances have been getting ever more excited as this year’s Great Escape festival in Brighton approached. Knowing that we couldn’t go, we steadfastly tried to avoid looking wistfully at the line up and cursing our absence. Then something magical happened and suddenly Saturday at the festival was happening and a fantastic day we had too.

We may be the only ones, but multi-venue festivals featuring genuinely exciting up-and-coming new bands playing in a more urban environment, are much more appealing than standing up to your knees in mud, in a space where your tent used to be, with the smell from broken toilets filling your nostrils as in the distance an over-hyped band of questionable quality play middling tunes.

So it was that on Saturday, in and amongst the winding lanes of the city and on the occasionally garishly festooned seafront that we attended our first ever Great Escape, and we had a great time.

In just a few hours we were treated to full sets from nine bands and some quality chat with fellow bloggers, all of whom had convened for the day’s entertainment. Our main musical highlights are below but special mention should also go to Blue Hawaii, Eye Emma Jedi and Lulu James, each of whom put on storming sets that were vastly different to one another. The Jedi clan should be particularly commended as theirs was performed at short-notice to replace another act who couldn’t attend, and a few hours before their actual scheduled slot elsewhere later in the evening.

Playing in the tight surroundings of a packed Mesmerist pub, expectation for the much vaunted and blogged about Embers are high, very high indeed. Certainly much higher than the low ceilings that hang over their heads, offering an immediate challenge for a sound that likes room to breathe and expand, to find every nook and cranny in vast expanses and fill them to bursting. That cannot happen here and instead the sound explodes out at an audience so close to the action they are practically on stage, pummelling them with intensity and energy instead. They offer the kind of excitement and energy that NME promised us Palma Violets would offer, and then some. Veins bulge and sinews are strained as “Part of Echoes” (in particular) rises up and threatens to take the floor above with it. They may well be best suited to epic surroundings, but Embers sure can rock the tiny venues to their core as well.

Velvet Two Stripes
Beneath the promenade of cars on the main road, each pootling along the seafront with not a care in the world, something is brewing. Where you would normally expect to find DJ’s, disco and dance, today there is a trio of Swiss ladies, and they have come to rock. As baselines throb, electronics spasm and shudder into life, as vocals shriek out and drums thunder and boom, there is one more element that grabs the audience by its collective nutsack and won’t let go. Leaning slightly forward and staring straight ahead, resplendent in what appears to be a small cowboy hat and wearing the look of someone who knows just how damn good she is, stands Sara. In her hands, a weapon of such potent devastation it could bring Brighton to its knees should she wish it. From this stringed beast comes the sort of grinding, wailing licks that require you to pick your jaw back up from the floor after you’ve heard them. She effortlessly wields her guitar and coaxes from it solos and riffs that appear to conjure up the Ghost of Hendrix to play them. If we could play guitar, we’d want to play it like Velvet Two Stripes’ Sara, we imagine there’s more than one professional out there who thinks the same.

Following a set by the colourful effervescence of Lulu James can’t ever be easy but Danish purveyor of noodle-pop goodness, Karen Marie Ørsted (or MØ as she is better known) more than manages. Dressed in black and with a long plaited ponytail trailing down her back, she walks on stage with a look that parents of teenagers everywhere will know only too well. The challenging ‘yeah, what of it’ look that politicians point to when making statements about Broken Britain. We don’t know if there is an equivalent where MØ is from (Destroyed Denmark perhaps?) but it is a look she has perfected. What follows is a set of surprising and stunning energy and showmanship. She prowls around the stage, her plait whirling as she flings her head around, fists pumping the air and her legs, hips, feet and everything else jerk and thrust as she power dances. Sounds that transmit pleasantly from your stereo are injected with verve and vigour and attitude. She closes with “Pilgrim” which is transformed into something altogether more vibrant, the call of “Holla/Holla/Holla” is no longer a delicate piece of backing, here it is a full on, shout along call to arms. She has won many new followers to her cause tonight, of that there is no doubt, even if she does look like she could pull a knife and demand your wallet at any minute.

Closing the night for us, and our day of musical adventure, is Scottish electro-pop trio, Chvrches. Expectations are high and queues snake outside as excited festival-goers desperately seek entry into what is one of the hottest tickets (or wristbands) of all three days. Those lucky enough to get in are treated to a set that only enhances their reputation as one of the bands to watch out for right now. Not even the proclamation from an injured and bandaged Lauren (wrist) that all the men will die earlier than the women can dampen the audiences enthusiasm, not even the males. We are treated to a set of nine infectious electro-pop songs (with a real and very welcome emphasis on the pop element) that behove movement and that uplift and invigorate. As the air is dissected by green lasers and a tunnel of smoke surrounds Lauren from above, it is clear that there is more to Chvrches than a line of viciously entertaining and amazing tunes and by crikey what tunes they are. Big things are coming for these guys, no question.

Listen: MS MR – “Hurricane” (Chvrches Remix)

7 May

MS MR - Chvrches

So there we were, at home on a normal Friday evening like any other. The junior Alphabet Bands were asleep and all was quiet but for the sounds escaping the inbox and various media players on the laptop. Then, all of a sudden Chvrches popped up with a ‘check out what we did’ type message and our ears and minds were in heaven.

Their remix of MS MR‘s “Hurricane” is something else entirely, not just thumping beats and wompah- wompah bass added to the original. Oh no, not even slightly. So taken aback were we that we had to spend the whole weekend listening to it to be sure it was truly as good as we thought. It was, so we listened to it again all Monday as well.

Like the reveal of garish technicolor in The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy goes on her glitter injected, rainbow covered killing spree, the remix is a move from the darkness and into an altogether more bright and bouncy fantastical world. While the lyrics and content remain the same (if ever so slightly speeded up) the tone has shifted. Where once there was glitchy noir-pop there is now a full on 80’s disco banger. It’s sugar-rush introspection and we bloody love it.