CHVRCHES, The Twilight Sad at The Hydro, 2/4/16

Anyone presuming CHVRCHES have experienced something akin to overnight success is likely unfamiliar with the list of bands Lauren Mayberry rattles through, which the trio had a hand in during previous lives prior to CHVRCHES formation. She talks of the significance of playing such a venue tonight, a place not many homegrown acts will everContinue reading “CHVRCHES, The Twilight Sad at The Hydro, 2/4/16”

CHVRCHES at Fat Sam’s, Dundee, 24/11/15

This is the second time on four days I’ve had the pleasure of seeing CHVRCHES live. Tonight it’s Dundee’s Fat Sam’s, the previous Saturday it was the O2 Academy in Newcastle. First observation is the venue is much smaller; the stage set up is pretty compact, with a subset of lights compared to the previousContinue reading “CHVRCHES at Fat Sam’s, Dundee, 24/11/15”

CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye [Virgin]

The second album for any artist is known notoriously as the hardest album to make, especially if you are following up a chart-breaking debut. Scottish trio, CHVRCHES seem to have broken the rules with Every Open Eye. Every Open Eye is an eleven track electro-pop masterpiece with melodies and synth beats that burrow their wayContinue reading “CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye [Virgin]”

CHVRCHES, Lizzo at The Barrowlands, 4/11/14

There’s always something particularly pleasing about a band’s triumphant return to their home town after a long stint on the road, and tonight CHVRCHES are back in Glasgow for their second and final night at The Barrowlands. Opening for the night’s headliners, Minneapolis rapper Lizzo isn’t perhaps the most obvious choice, but even with theContinue reading “CHVRCHES, Lizzo at The Barrowlands, 4/11/14”

T in the Park, Sunday, 13/7/14

It’s only fitting that the last day of live music in Balado in bathed in sunshine and a total relief after yesterday’s torrential downpours threatened the ground’s integrity and surely left a few with puddles in their tents. Starting the day at the King Tut’s Tent where a mixed crowd gather to see two veryContinue reading “T in the Park, Sunday, 13/7/14”

T in the Park, Friday, 11/7/14

There’s sweltering sunshine around the now legendary grounds of Balado, and Scotland’s biggest festival is ready to say one big goodbye to the airfield that many have enjoyed the best parties of their lives in for just short of two decades. Yes, T in the Park, whether you personally love it or hate it doesContinue reading “T in the Park, Friday, 11/7/14”

Primavera Sound, Barcelona, 29/5/14

With being a somewhat Primavera veteran, at least compared to my contributors attending the festival this year, I decided to let them take the writing and actually cut loose and enjoy myself, well why change what happens every year – the wear and tear of a 7am finish and the seemingly constant drilling around BarcelonaContinue reading “Primavera Sound, Barcelona, 29/5/14”

CHVRCHES – ‘We Sink’ [Virgin/Goodbye]

‘We Sink’ is a slice of bittersweet polyphonic pop that should appeal to more than just a melancholy Mario, the upbeat 8-bit synthesizer contrast and complements Lauren Mayberry’s sweet and desperate and vocals. The simple yet ambiguous lyrics could be interpreted as hopeful or hopeless depending on your mindset. The song doesn’t force or manipulateContinue reading “CHVRCHES – ‘We Sink’ [Virgin/Goodbye]”