While away doing rehearsals for the Love Is Dead album campaign Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, Martin Doherty and new touring drummer Jonny Scott of CHVRCHES stopped by the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge today for a quick chat and performance.
First up was their very first live performance of “Get Out” which was also their first performance with Scott. Last year BBC Radio 1 reporter Steve Holden accidentally discovered that if you play “Somebody Else” by The 1975 at double speed it sounded very much like CHVRCHES. Known for their fantastic covers the band took note of this and what followed was a stunning interpretation of “Somebody Else” sounding almost like their very own original track.
Our third annual Lauren Mayberry top ten moments of the year is here! Thank you for being such a great role model and inspiration to many. It becomes increasingly difficult to pick just ten of our favorite moments each year but without further ado continue reading below to see our Lauren Mayberry top ten moments of 2017.
10. Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty of CHVRCHES began working on their third album on February 7, 2017. While the finishing touches are being done now, Lauren did recently reveal the first details about the new album which we’re incredibly excited to hear in 2018. In the interview with EW, Mayberry said, “When I listen to the record, I feel like it’s the most pop stuff we’ve done and also the most aggressive and vulnerable at the same time. It was about really leaning into those moments — and also wanting there to be a real humanity and character to what we’re saying.”
9. CHVRCHES’ music was featured in the video game Chime Sharp and the music mixing game DropMix.
8. While visiting family and friends back home in Scotland, Lauren joined Paramore and a fan on stage for “Misery Business” at a show in Edinburgh.
7. Lauren and CHVRCHES co-producer pal David Simpson wrote and performed a song called “Ballad For A Friend” which was featured in the Funny Or Die mini-series The Real Stephen Blatt starring Justin Long.
6. CHVRCHES delivered a dreamy cover of Tegan and Sara’s “Call It Off” for The Con: X.
4. CHVRCHES released a beautiful new stripped-down version of “Down Side of Me” that was included in the 7 Inches for Planned Parenthood project benefiting the charity Planned Parenthood along with a new music video directed by actress Kristen Stewart.
3. After five wonderful years TYCI closed its doors. A collective run by women (founded by Lauren Mayberry) who care about things put together everything from a blog, live events, podcasts, radio shows, zines and more! We were sad to see them go but we certainly enjoyed many of their discussions and learned a lot. Thank you to everyone involved with TYCI.
2. CHVRCHES appeared in Archie Comics new series The Archies. A cameo appearance in issue #2 followed by the cover and more in-depth storylines in issue #3 where the band offered advice to the fledgling new band from Riverdale.
Thank you to Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, Martin Doherty and everyone mentioned above for all the great memories and all your hard work! With another memorable year coming to a close we now look forward to 2018 and the release of CHVRCHES third album!
While visiting friends and family back home in Scotland, CHVRCHES’ lead singer Lauren Mayberry joined Paramore and their hype woman Eleanor on stage for an electrifying rendition of “Misery Business” last night at Usher Hall in Edinburgh.
Watch a video clip of this performance below from Becca and here’s hoping these guest appearances from both bands continue. Hayley Williams of Paramore has previously joined CHVRCHES on stage several times for their hit single “Bury It”.
A Guitar Signed by Lauren Mayberry, Jack Antonoff, Lorde and More is up for Auction to Benefit The Ally Coalition
A Fender Paramount guitar that was played by Jack Antonoff of Bleachers at The Ally Coalition’s 3rd annual talent show this past December and signed by Jack, Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES, Lorde, Andrew Dost and Jordan Carlos is up for auction. All proceeds will benefit The Ally Coalition in support of the LGBTQ community.
Click here to bid now and own a piece of music history. Watch a fun group sing along below from that evening covering Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way”. Note, a different guitar was played for the song in this video.
We’re back with our second annual Lauren Mayberry top ten moments of the year and just like last year this was considerably difficult to narrow down our list to just ten. We had such a hard time that we actually have ten plus one which we will call 10B for a bonus. Certainly, a memorable year including highlights from CHVRCHES, TYCI, awards, cover songs, philanthropy and more! Without further ado continue reading below to see our Lauren Mayberry top ten moments of 2016.
10B. Enjoying some free time in the big apple after CHVRCHES wrapped up their tour Lauren appeared on Greg Barris’ variety show “Heart of Darkness” in November. During the show Lauren was interviewed by Greg and also covered songs by Don Henley, Ben Folds Five and Miley Cyrus.
10A. TYCI was a little quieter in 2016 but they were honored as part of the inaugural We Got Tickets INDIE50. This influential list of 50 winners were recognized as the best in the UK’s independent and local music scenes. Keep any eye on TYCI in 2017 for the relaunch of their zine and more!
9. During a stretch of five co-headlining shows between CHVRCHES and Death Cab for Cutie in June, Lauren twice joined the latter on stage for “Brothers on a Hotel Bed” and reprised this song once again at Firefly Festival. Also of interest, proceeds from the show in Charlotte were pledged to LGBT rights organizations Freedom Center for Social Justice and Southerners On New Ground (SONG) in response to North Carolina’s discriminatory bathroom law, House Bill 2, otherwise known as the “bathroom bill”.
8. In May, CHVRCHES released a new track called “Warning Call” for the theme song of the video game Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. We’re still crossing our fingers to hear this one played live someday.
7. In December, Lauren participated in The Ally Coalition’s third annual talent show to benefit LGBTQ homeless youth in New York City. During the show, Lauren covered songs by Joni Mitchell and Katy Perry followed by a fun group sing along to Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way”.
6. CHVRCHES’ “Clearest Blue” music video made its debut on MTV February 19th. A beautiful video directed by Warren Fu.
5. CHVRCHES’ philanthropy continued with support for WaterAid and Oxfam Stand As One campaigns. Contributions included a CHVRCHES limited edition water bottle and a live compilation album recorded at Glastonbury Festival.
4. CHVRCHES reunited with Hayley Williams of Paramore for “Bury It”. Back in March CHVRCHES joined Paramore on the Parahoy cruise, reprised the performance once again at Bonnaroo in June and then became animated super heroes in the official music video created by artist friend Jamie McKelvie with animation by Mighty Nice.
3. CHVRCHES’ Every Open Eye was nominated for the SAY Award longlist and shortlist. Although we certainly thought they were going to win it this time heartbreakingly they didn’t. Martin Doherty’s father was on hand to accept the shortlist nomination while the band was on the road touring.
2. Lauren Mayberry and Denise Mina spearheaded a fundraiser for Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre’s 40th anniversary. Funds are being raised to cut waiting lists and increase drop-in sessions to help victims of sexual abuse receive the support they need.
1. Our number one Lauren Mayberry moment of 2016 was CHVRCHES’ homecoming gig at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. Speaking to the Daily Record, Martin Doherty said, “We used to drive back from the studio on the southside and we would see it and joke about doing it on album two. I’d like to stress that we were joking. It wasn’t like we had that masterplan. Maybe in the back of our minds it was a proper dream.” Iain Cook added, “The prevailing sentiment is pride. Getting to play to that many people in your hometown is humbling. If you had said to us three or four years ago, that we would be playing a venue that size in our hometown, we wouldn’t have believed it.” Well dreams do sometimes come true and Glasgow certainly welcomed their hometown heroes to a near capacity crowd at the SSE Hydro on April 2, 2016.
Thank you for all the great memories, your philanthropy and all your hard work Lauren! We say it a lot but you do truly inspire all of us in many ways. With a memorable year coming to a close we now look forward to 2017.
Watch CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry Cover Songs by Joni Mitchell & Katy Perry at The Ally Coalition Talent Show
Two nights ago, an all-star cast of performers gathered at Webster Hall in New York City for The Ally Coalition’s 3rd annual talent show raising over $100,000 for New Alternatives’ work to support homeless LGBTQ youth in New York City. Performers included Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES, Bleachers, Lorde, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kesha, Lena Dunham, Hasan Minhaj, Charli XCX, Mike Birbiglia, Andrew Dost, Jordan Carlos and hosted by Rachel Antonoff.
Watch Mayberry cover Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You”, Katy Perry’s “Firework” and then closing out the evening with a fun group sing along to Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” below.
Lauren Mayberry to Participate in Fundraiser for The Ally Coalition to Benefit Homeless LGBTQ Youth in New York City
The Ally Coalition’s 3rd annual talent show will feature an all-star list of performers including Lauren Mayberry, Bleachers, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kesha, Lena Dunham, Hasan Minhaj, Charli XCX, Mike Birbiglia, Andrew Dost, Jordan Carlos and hosted by Rachel Antonoff. Funds raised will benefit New Alternatives’ work to support homeless LGBTQ youth in New York City.
This wonderful event takes place on Monday, December 12, 2016 at Webster Hall in New York City at 7 PM EST. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, November 12th at 12 PM EST via TicketWeb.
Watch CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry Cover Songs by Don Henley, Ben Folds Five & Miley Cyrus at Brooklyn Variety Show
Earlier this week on Thursday evening CHVRCHES’ lead singer Lauren Mayberry appeared on Greg Barris’ variety show “Heart Of Darkness” in Brooklyn, New York at Baby’s All Right. Already known for her comedic banter at CHVRCHES shows, Mayberry fit right in with a twenty-two-minute interview full of laughs and sang three cover songs.
Watch the full onstage interview below followed by Lauren joining the band Mother of Three for covers of “The Boys Of Summer” by Don Henley, “Brick” by Ben Folds Five and “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus.
Thank you to Greg Barris for providing the videos to us from his show "Heart Of Darkness" on November 3, 2016.
Greg Barris’ variety show “Heart Of Darkness” on November 3, 2016 will feature musical guest Lauren Mayberry along with Dave Hill, Seaton Smith, Seth Herzog and a special guest. Although we haven’t yet confirmed in what capacity Lauren will partake at this show we do know that she already has some great stand-up as witnessed by her comedic banter at CHVRCHES shows.
This special edition of Barris’ show subtitled “Laughter in the Darkness” will be hosted at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, November 3rd at 8 PM. This event is 21 and over. Click here to purchase tickets.